Special midweek stay offer at The Great House Hotel: From £257 dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 people sharing a king-size room, staying 1 night, Tue-Thu. Email or call to secure a reservation (quoting 257).
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“People will drive many many miles to eat at the Great House – one of the finest French Restaurants in Britain, in a stylish 14th Century old inn on the market square of the perfectly preserved half-timbered medieval village of Lavenham”. “Classically French by cuisine, it’s also classically French-run by owners the Crepy family (Regis and Martine) complete with old fashioned heavy eating irons, and pure white tablecloths” and “flexible and charming staff”. “Much of the food is locally sourced, all ingredients of the highest quality” and results are “impeccable” down to “the most extravagantly rich cheese trolley anywhere!”
“Regis Crepy’s brilliant restaurant in the heart of Lavenham never falters” and wins praise in many reports for a “perfect meal from start to finish”. It occupies an “exquisite” timbered building, and provides “classic French cuisine, locally sourced, served in style, plus a great place to stay”. What’s more, “being taken into another room to peruse the amazing cheeseboard is always a treat to be relished!”
“Where would you want to have your last meal? Mine would be here!” – the Crépy family's “wonderful, timbered building” enjoys “a lovely and quiet location” in arguably “East Anglia’s most beautiful village”, and provides “a unique and delightful marriage of France and Olde Englande”. All-in-all “it’s hard to find fault” – the classic cuisine “never disappoints”, wines are “superb”, the cheese selection “unrivalled”, and staff are “charming, discreet and efficient”.
“It’s so good I have now moved to the village to be close by!”; the Crépy family’s “extraordinary” venture is “top drawer in every respect”… from the “beautiful” setting in an ancient house on the market square, to the “lovely” service and “excellent Gallic cooking”.
Owned by Regis and Martine Crepy since 1985, The Great House is something truly special: a unique combination of Gallic charm, exquisite food, elegant decor and Suffolk heritage.
Menus change regularly with the seasons. Using the finest East Anglian produce, we create imaginative food inspired by our native France, food that has won us numerous accolades and awards.
Situated in the heart of Suffolk, The Great House Boutique Hotel is the perfect location to explore the area or to enjoy the 340 ‘listed’ buildings of this historic village. Generous beds, en suite bathrooms and modern technology come as standard at The Great House. What makes its rooms truly great is their unique character, evoked through elegant and original design.
The Great House Hotel & Restaurant, Lavenham Restaurant Diner Reviews
"As usual the main course lets this restaurant down. Superb starters and desserts but just plain ordinary mains (although beautifully cooked) but I could do this at home. Getting lazy but then they are selling up."
"A wonderful restaurant with fantastic service. The menu was varied enough to suit all, but not too much to leave you pondering for half an hour. A very romantic restaurant and great for a special occasion. Service very professional, friendly and courteous."
"Never enough room for all guests. We find more comfortable eating outside in Summer but also very much busier"
"We love to dine here on special occasions. The food is delicious and the ambience seems to fit all occasions. The staff are warm and friendly without being obsequious. They understand the dishes which helps to choose from their lovely menu. The wine is always excellent."