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 115 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.
Featured Suffolk Restaurants
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. 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”.
6. The Bildeston Crown British, Modern restaurant in Bildeston 104 High St - IP7
“Beautiful and atmospheric, with lovely décor” – Chis Haley’s fifteenth century wood-framed inn pleases all who comment on it, with its “beautifully presented” local grub. “Was it worth the 125 mile round trip? Oh yes!”
7. Darsham Nurseries British, Modern restaurant in Darsham Main Rd - IP17
This barn conversion “offers something rare for Suffolk – vegetable-led seasonal food” (much “grown on site”) that's “innovative and creative” to boot. The “Friday night set menu is always a surprise and delight”, while “the bar team are always whipping up interesting preserves and shrubs to recommend”. “Much better than the ‘usual suspects’ down in Aldeburgh”.
8. The Northgate British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds Northgate Street - P33
“For that romantic meal close to the town centre within super gardens and with a great terrace”, this elegant restaurant with rooms provides a “gorgeous” setting and “delicious cooking”. At lunch, there’s a cheaper set menu (as well as the option of sandwiches and salads).
9. Number Ten British, Modern restaurant in Lavenham 10 Lady St - CO10
A “great place to eat in Lavenham”, this wine bar and restaurant-with-rooms in a beautifully converted fifteenth-century brick-and-timber house rates strongly across the board. Hosts Jo Knight and Rod Benson are locals.
10. The One Bull British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 25 Angel Hill - IP33
“A great family atmosphere” buoyed by “cheery, well-informed staff” adds to the appeal of this very modern pub – part of the small stable run by the local Brewshed brewery. As well as their own good brews, they serve 40 wines by the glass.
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