Restaurants & Pub Eating in and around Lavenham, Suffolk


If you are “foodies” then Lavenham is a great place to visit. The village and surrounding area are unusually well provided with good restaurants and eating places

Lavenham (all of these are within a 5 minute walk of Blaize Cottages: no driving needed!)

The Great House. A high quality French restaurant and frequent winner of national awards. The owners and all of the staff are French. It is also reasonably priced. It is very popular and early booking is recommended. This is one not to be missed, though it generally closes for part of January and for a couple of weeks in the summer. www.greathouse.co.uk

The Swan Hotel. This is a 4 star hotel in the heart of the village and it includes a bar meal option as well as a very good restaurant set in a beautifully restored timber framed dining room. This is worth visiting for the setting alone. You should also visit the bar to see the WW2 memorabilia. www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk

“Number 10” is a wine bar and bistro which openened in late 2013 and is proving very popular. It has a particularly good selection of South African wines and serves excellent light lunches and inexpensive supper food. www.ten-lavenham.co.uk

Memsaab. This is an Indian restaurant and Lavenham’s only ethnic restaurant. This has been an excellent addition to eating options in the village and our guests have commented on its high quality and value for money. www.memsaaboflavenham.co.uk

The Greyhound. One of the two pubs in the village. It was fully refurbished in late 2014 and is much improved in appearance and ambience. The food is very good and provides value for money  www.lavenhamgreyhound.com

The Angel. This is an old hotel and now generally regarded as a restaurant with rooms. After a slow start it is now on a rising trend though quality is still a bit variable www.theangellavenham.co.uk

The Cock Horse Inn. This is the other pub and has been heavily refurbished in early 2016. It is both a traditional pub and serves good pub food. www.thecockhorseinn.co.uk

Outside Lavenham

The Six Bells in Preston St Mary is a 4 mile drive to an adjacent village but worth the effort. Their home made scotch eggs with home made sweet piccalilli is a speciality www.thesixbellspreston.com

The Swan in Long Melford (7 miles) opened in 2012 and is proving very popular. It is in the same family ownership as The Greyhound in Lavenham www.longmelfordswan.co.uk

Scutchers, Long Melford (7 miles) This is a good contemporary style restaurant; well worth the drive. www.scutchers.com

The Crown, Bildeston. (8 miles) Another award winning restaurant. www.thebildestoncrown.com

Milsoms, Dedham. (16 miles) This is a successful contemporary restaurant that is included because it is a good place for lunch or an early evening drink when visiting the attractive village of Dedham or the National Trust at Flatford Mill, East Bergholt (the home of John Constable) www.milsomhotels.com

The Crown, Stoke by Nayland. (11 miles) Extensively reworked hotel and restaurant. Very lively and very popular. The fish and chips are excellent. www.crowninn.net 

Lindsey Rose, Lindsey Tye. (7 miles; on the road to Hadleigh and signed to the right after Monks Eleigh) This has the same owners as the nearby Crown in Bildeston. Good atmosphere and good pub food.  

Maison Bleu, Bury St Edmunds. (11 miles)This has the same owners as The Great House in Lavenham. It is also French, specialises in fish and is an award winning restaurant in its own right.  www.maisonbleue.co.uk

Other restaurants in Bury St Edmunds. Many of the more popular chains are represented in Bury and our preferred options are Cafe Rouge and Pizza Express which are in Abbeygate St in the centre of the town

The Leaping Hare, Wyken Vineyards, Stanton (8 miles north of Bury). A decent restaurant but included as a lunch or afternoon tea suggestion because it links to a walk in their gardens and vineyards and a visit to their shop. They also have a farmers market each Saturday morning. www.wykenvineyards.co.uk

Restaurants & Pub Eating in and around Lavenham

Restaurants & Pub Eating in and around Lavenham

Restaurants & Pub Eating in and around Lavenham

Restaurants & Pub Eating in and around Lavenham