Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Suffolk
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Suffolk restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 116 restaurants in Suffolk and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Suffolk restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Maison Bleue French restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 30-31 Churchgate St - IP33
“Fantastique!” – Pascal & Karine Canavet’s “little piece of France in Suffolk” goes “from strength to strength”, providing “an absolutely first rate” combination of “fabulous and exquisitely presented” Gallic fare, “charming” and “so professional” service and “elegant surroundings”. In particular the “super fish dishes always hit the mark”. “We usually visit at lunchtime and have to drive through two counties to get there!!”
2. 1921 Angel Hill British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 19-21 Angel Hill - IP33
“The influence of a committed chef-patron is obvious” at this “fab old building” – a “lovely old house just off Angel Hill”, modernised with a “smart interior”: Zack Deakins’s “phenomenal” food is “ambitious yet well-executed” (“I was genuinely left speechless it was so good!”) and delivered by “a well-led front of house” who provide “slick, discreet service”. “Do try the canapes, but get your own set or you will fight over them!”.
3. Hintlesham Hall British, Modern restaurant in Hintlesham Hintlesham - IP8
“A lovely building” – dating from the reign of Henry IV and most famous to oldies for its associations with 1970s TV-chef Robert Carrier – this imposing country house hotel attracted too few reviews for a rating last year, but was tipped for “delightful afternoon tea in the garden”, or one of its stately lounges.
4. The Great House Hotel & Restaurant, Lavenham French restaurant in Lavenham Market Pl - CO10
After 32 years the Crêpy family were a tough act to follow at this “lovely” old (in parts 14th century) inn, on the square of a picturesque town: “a unique, quintessentially English building, whose other defining features are essentially French: this includes the staff, food, wine and especially the cheeseboard!”. “There’s very little to fault in its classic French cuisine”, and although the ratings awarded by its huge and dedicated fan club have slipped a fraction in the transition period, most reporters are optimistic: “since the Crêpys have retired the new owners have tried to keep the Great House just the same, and although it’s not 100% as good it’s getting there” is a sensible middle view. However you cut it, it’s “certainly one of the best East Anglian restaurants”.
5. Pea Porridge Mediterranean restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 28-29 Cannon St - IP33
One of the most popular and highly rated neighbourhood restaurants in the country – Justin & Jurga Sharp’s “delightful” bistro occupies a “tucked-away” townhouse in the heart of the town and “though a little off-the-beaten track is worth seeking out”. “Often combining quirky ingredients”, the “exciting” cuisine is “unusual, hearty” and “brilliantly realised” and supported by a “very interesting wine list”: “of diverse inspiration, with lots of natural wines and perfectly complementing the food”. Service, meanwhile “could not be more welcoming or accommodating.”
6. Trongs Chinese restaurant in Ipswich 23 St Nicholas St - IP1
“Still our favourite!” – this beloved Chinese operation remains “just fabulous all round”, delivering “exquisite and authentic Asian flavours, paired with great service and years of knowledge” from the Vietnamese owners; “they hardly need reviews as word of mouth seems to always keep them busy, but here is one!”
7. The Crown & Castle British, Modern restaurant in Orford
“Consistently good, flavoursome local food” (with “fish a strong point, landed on the nearby village quay”) is abetted by “efficient but laidback service” at this crowd-pleasing hotel; while TV’s ‘Hotel Inspector’ Ruth Watson sold it to a local hotel group recently, longtime regulars report that standards have been preserved.
8. Shillingfords at The Foragers Retreat International restaurant in Pebmarsh The Courtyard - CO10
Carl and Beth Shillingford have moved from nearby arts venue, The Quay in Sudbury, to these converted former stables, “in the middle of a small village”. “With a carefully constructed ever-changing menu, Carl manages to forage for and produce the most wonderful food with ingredients garnered from the Suffolk countryside”: “amazing!”.
9. Leaping Hare Vineyard British, Modern restaurant in Stanton Wyken Vineyards - IP31
“A stunning location, outstanding food and their own delicious wine” make this 400-year-old oak-framed barn conversion on the Wyken estate “a brilliant place to take friends from abroad” – while for locals it’s “good enough to save seeking alternatives nearby”. Open for more than 25 years, the restaurant “makes great use of local produce”.
10. The Crown British, Modern restaurant in Stoke-by-Nayland Park Street - CO6
“Spectacular views, smart accommodation and consistently good food” – this gastropub with rooms in beautiful Constable countryside is well worth the drive – and “the prices aren’t crippling”.
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