RestaurantsSuffolkSudburyCO10

survey result

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An unexpected delight in Sudbury” – a “lovely old house” with beams plays host to Stéphane Chapotot and Alain Jacq’s “excellent French eatery”, long a local light (and veggie-friendly too); post-pandemic, it has fused with the formerly separate café, and now serves “very well-sourced and presented” breakfasts and lunches, plus more gastronomic dinners on Fri/Sat.

Summary

£49
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A joy to eat in, whether for lunch or dinner” – this Gallic institution in a timber-framed old Sudbury property has been run for almost 20 years by Stéphane Chapotot and chef Alain Jacq, who took it over from the former’s uncle. In fact you can eat here even earlier, since the café that used to be separate was combined into the same site to economise during the pandemic. “Although not strictly vegetarian or vegan, the Secret Garden always has absolutely delicious vegetarian choices”.

Summary

£49
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s “usually buzzing in Buzzards Hall” – the beamed, centuries-old setting of this wine bar and restaurant attached to the adjoining cafe, and where the “great quality” Gallic food, according to fans, just “gets better and better”; the fare runs the gamut from rustic breakfasts and light lunches to more gastronomic affairs on weekend nights.

Summary

£40
    £
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “super” setting – the beamed, medieval Buzzards Hall – pleases most who report on this four-year-old ‘wine bar & restaurant’ outpost of the adjoining café (although some fans think “its high quality of food and service really deserves crisp white linen and more elegant décor than something that looks like an old fashioned tea room”). No disputes, though, over cuisine stamped with “Gallic authenticity”, and which “continues to improve”.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Portions
Yes
35, 15
No dress code
35
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £21.00 £25.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.10 £20.00 £8.20
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.40
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Buzzards Hall, 17 Friars Street,, Sudbury, CO10 2AA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday9 am‑4:30 pm
Wednesday9 am‑4:30 pm
Thursday9 am‑4:30 pm
Friday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday6 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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