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. It is very popular and early booking is recommended.

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.

“Number 10” is a wine bar and bistro which opened 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.

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.

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. In April 2019 it was taken over by Tapas specialists who run two other successful restaurants in the area. Our early visits are promising.

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 very uncertain

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 pub food.

Outside Lavenham

The Brewers, Rattlesden (9 miles) Our current favourite. Excellent food and well worth the drive, which is itself beautiful over the best Suffolk countryside. 

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

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

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)

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

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) It is also French, specialises in fish and is an award winning restaurant.

Other restaurants in Bury St Edmunds. Many of the more popular chains are represented in Bury and our preferred options are the Cote Brasserie 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.

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