Press & Awards

Regis and Martine Crepy

32 years of owning The Great House in Lavenham – The Best of Suffolk

Top UK 100 Restaurants – 2017 Square Meal

Square Meal online article – Top 100 Restaurants

The UK’s top 30 French restaurants – 2017 Harden’s Guide

Online article – Top 30 French Restaurants

“Regis Crepy’s brilliant restaurant in the heart of Lavenham never falters” and wins praise in many reports for a “perfect meal from start to finish”. It occupies an “exquisite” timbered building, and provides “classic French cuisine, locally sourced, served in style, plus a great place to stay”. What’s more, “being taken into another room to peruse the amazing cheeseboard is always a treat to be relished.

Sitting proudly in the Market Square you will find ‘The Great House’  

‘As we ventured into the main dining area white, crisp tablecloths hung over evenly paced tables, which were completed with gleaming wine glasses, simply beckoning us to try some of the French wine on offer, all with the added touch of candlelight, creating a warm and romantic ambiance’. May 2017

Read the article online The Great House in Bounce Magazine

Delicious Magazine

‘Lavenham, a jumble of winding streets and crooked medieval houses, is one of Britain’s prettiest villages. The Great House, an handsome Georgian-fronted building, right on the market square, is a beacon of style and warmth. April 2017

 One of the 20 best places to eat out in Suffolk

‘The Great House is the perfect place for a special occasion’ as seen in the Bury & West Suffolk Magazine

Regis Crepy tastes Suffolk’s local food

‘It is pure joy to cook in Suffolk with the abundance of delicious produce available right on our doorstep, Blessed with a naturally productive county of grazing pastures, rolling farmland, fish-rich waters of the North Sea, not to mention the innovative hard working artisan producers – we are known as the Foodie Country for good reason.’  The Best of Suffolk Annual Guide

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With Jemmy Butler from Blythburgh Free Range Pork farm. Local fantastic ingredients include: Blythburgh pork, Sutton Hoo chicken, game such as Suffolk venison, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, also Gressingham duck, seasonal veg and fruit particularly Ardleigh asparagus (here on the picture with local award winning Martin’s Lane wine Blanc de Noirs, raspberries and strawberries. From our coastal waters we source Colchester oysters, Deben mussels and dressed Cromer crab. Crayfish freshly caught from River Balckbourne at Ixworth. Suffolk and Norfolk cheeses are excellent and over the years we’ve seen huge improvement in quality and choice to rival major producers.

Lavenham Great House and other villagers bare almost all for charity calendar

A light-hearted and tasteful naked calendar, entitled ‘Lavenham Bares All’ will see well-known individuals and companies shed their clothes – and their modesty. money raised in aid of the new, purpose-built, pre-school building next to the village hall. For sale at The Great House restaurant in Lavenham £10. Get you copy now! Bury and West Suffolk Magazine


Cooking score 5 in the Good Food Guide 2017

Well done team! and thank you to all our customers who wrote a comment.
Score 5 means: Exact cooking techniques and a degree of ambition; showing balance and depth of flavour in dishes.
What does The Good Food Guide say about The Great House  “Perhaps the comment of one guest who felt ‘spoilt with food and kindness’ best captures the generous spirit of this elegant restaurant, a place bien dans sa peau that in 30 years appears rarely to have put a foot wrong.”  We love you!

The Good Food Guide 2017 - The Great House in Lavenham

You forgot the dressing! Bury & West Suffolk magazine, September 2016

Regis Crepy, owner of the Great House and chairman of the Lavenham Forum said “We were only too happy to support this very worthwhile cause” Regis Crepy

The Best Of Suffolk Annual Guide 2016 – 2017

Established for over 30 years, The Great House is an exceptional culinary destination with a formidable reputation for its food as well as for quality, consistency and continuity

The Great House in aid of charity calendar for the pre-school building in Lavenham

Sue Clarke, manager of the village hall, said: “The calendar is a light-hearted way of looking at a lovely village. We need to raise £400,00 for a new pre-school building. We have already raised £10,000 and we hope the calendar might double that.” EADT August 2016

Celebrating Sucess! EADT, August 2016

Maeva Vergnaud, head waitress at The Great House in Lavenham, is celebrating after earning a distinction in her Level 2 Wines and Spirits qualification. Maeva, 23, who has worked at the restaurant for almost three years said: “I wanted to further my education and be able to advise customers on the various grapes, how they are grown and about the best choices of wine with their meals and everyone at The Great House has been really supportive of my studies.”

Our latest restaurant recommendation: The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk June 2016

Listed in the Great British & Irish Hotels from Country & Town House

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Mini break in Lavenham, The Great House looked just like it did in the pictures!

Slink Magazine, May 2016

Expect rooms with exposed wooden beams and French dining

The Great House, Lavenham: restaurant and hotel review by Lucy Cavendish,  Olive Magazine, April 2016

Great Year for the Great House

Tessa Allingham for the east Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine, March 2016

Britain’s most romantic hotels – An inspector calls

The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk. The front door will make you go weak at the knees …

Valentine’s Day Special Daily Mail – February 2016

 The Great House is listed in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants

No 1 in Suffolk! No 5 in East Anglia and No 4 cheapest on the list.

Suffolk is fast emerging as a culinary hotspot in the November National Geographic Traveller Magazine

Celebrating the heart of Suffolk: The Great House in Lavenham

A great day for The Great House

The Great House in Lavenham has made it onto the prestigious list of Sunday Times Top UK 100 Restaurants according to the East Anglian Daily Times


An Inspector Calls: The Great House in Lavenham is a fabulous place to spend a night or two, at the end of which you’ll feel like an extra in Midsomer Murders

 Three AA Rosettes put The Great House in top 8% of UK restaurants


The Great House team at the AA Hospitality Awards: from left Thierry, Enrique, Regis, Alexander, top: Martine, David Celine and Maeva

The Great House team at the AA Hospitality Awards: from left Thierry, Enrique, Regis, Alexander, top: Martine, David Celine and Maeva

AA 3 rosettes for The Great House in Lavenham

Three Rosettes are given to restaurants that demand recognition well beyond their local area. Selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients, flavour combinations, intelligent service and a well-chosen wine list are all essential factors taken into account by the AA.

The Great House in Lavenham – Three AA Rosettes

Article in the East Anglian Daily Times

The Great House, in Lavenham, is one of 20 nationwide to be awarded three AA Rosettes for being “outstanding” and “demanding recognition well beyond their local area”. Often referred to as the restaurant industry’s ‘Oscars’, the Rosettes are recognised as the AA’s most prestigious awards. The three Rosette rating puts The Great House in the top 8% of the UKs finest restaurants for criteria including quality of ingredients, flavour combinations, intelligent service and a well-chosen wine list.

The Great House in Lavenham given Top Honour

Article in the Suffolk Free Press

The Great House in Lavenham has been awarded the highly covered three AA Rosettes at the AA Hospitality Awards Ceremony in London

The Great House named 26th best restaurant in UK

Article in the Bury Free Press on 29th July 2015

The Great House's team 30 years 2

The Great House has been voted No. 26 in the UK

The Great House voted number 26 in the UK by Square Meal

The Great House voted number 26 in the UK by Square Meal

The Great House Restaurant voted among top 100 in UK

The Great House is being ranked the 26th best restaurants in the country – Square Meal’s listing

The Great House raised £11,000 for E.A.C.H

The Great House in Lavenham celebrated its 30th anniversary by raising more than £11,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

The Great House's team 30 years 2

‘Recipe for restaurant success not just about the food’ East Anglian Daily Times

Regis and Martine Crepy are celebrating 30 years of ownership at The Great House at Lavenham.

A slice of France in deepest Suffolk, Bury & West Suffolk Magazine July 2015

 Fabulous food in the serene setting of Suffolk’s wonky town by John Sunyer

A weekend Retreat: The Great House, Lavenham

The Great House in The Week Magazine – May 2015

The Great House is listed in Tatler’s 2015 list as one of the ‘Best 300 restaurants in the UK’

‘An emphasis on quality … The Great House is the real deal!

 Audrey Gillan at The Great House, Lavenham

A great article written by Audrey Gillan on 25th April 2015 in the Saturday Telegraph. She says: ‘At The Great house, the technique is French but the produce is mostly British’ …  ‘The Great House remains as it ever was: Zen, gracious and good!’

 Celebrating 30 years at The Great House

A full year of events, wine testings & dinners in support of EACH East Anglia Children’s Hospices. Most importantly is the enormous gratitude we owe to our wonderful customers. 30 years in our business couldn’t have been achieved without you and your loyalty. Thank you.

Regis Crepy in Chef Magazine

Part of Chef Magazine’s Editorial Board, Regis speaks to Shirley Marshall – Feb 2015

30 years of cooking at The Great House in Lavenham

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Boutique hotel reviews

Recommended by the Hotel Guru as one of the best hotels in Suffolk and Essex
“In the heart of one of Suffolk’s most perfect and peaceful medieval villages is Lavenham, and the delightful Great House restaurant and small luxury hotel. French chic meets quintessential English charm; the combination is pretty special.”

One the best hotels for winter weekends

The Great House in Lavenham

Telegraph Magazine – January 2015

What the restaurant owners in Suffolk think of us!

With Regis Crepy owner of The Great House, Nick & Diane Barett – owners of Scutchers, Robert Gaugh – owner of the Angel Hotel, Craig Jarvis – owner of the Black Lion Hotel and Amanda Skinner, a director of Newmarket wine company Private Cellar. published in the Bury & West Suffolk Magazine December 2014

The Caterer – September 2014

The Good Hotel Guide 2015 Gourmet Award

Regis and Thierry receiving the Gourmet Award at the Independent Hotel Show October 2014.

Well done to all the team at The Great House

Thierry Pennec (General Manager) and Regis Crepy (Chef Proprietor) receing their 2015 Gourmet Award

Thierry Pennec (General Manager) and Regis Crepy (Chef Proprietor) receing their 2015 Gourmet Award

2015 Food Award from the Sawday’s Guides

Receiving our Food Award Certificate from Tom Bell of Sawday's Guides. From Left, Tom Bell, Martine & Regis Crepy, Thierry Pennec

Receiving our Food Award Certificate from Tom Bell of Sawday’s Guides.
From Left, Tom Bell, Martine & Regis Crepy, Thierry Pennec

The Great House best outside of London

The Great House in Lavenham has been named in the 50 top restaurants outside of London in a recent poll.

Owned by Regis Crepy, the restaurant came 40th in Square Meal magazine’s survey.

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Best Places to eat in The Sunday Times

The Great House in Lavenham and Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds are listed in the Sunday Times Best Places to Eat in Britain 19.10.2014 The Great House is listed in the Sunday Times Great British dishes 19.10.14

One of the Best Gourmet Hotels For Foodies

Editor's choice Gourmet Hotel 2015 - The GHG

The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk.

Owners Régis and Martine Crépy have run this Georgian house on the market square of a medieval town for many years as a restaurant-with-rooms with a Gallic feel. The cooking of chef Enrique Bilbault is ‘wonderful’. The service in the restaurant, mainly by young French waiters, is ‘charming, attentive, not at all snooty’.

Square Meal

The Great House is in the Top 50 UK Restaurants outside London according to Square Meal Magazine

The Sunday Times

The Great House is the second attraction to second homers in Lavenham according to the Sunday Times

Best French Apprentice

returns to The Great House Restaurant in Lavenham

‘The Great House offers an experience that is as French as this village is English
Olive Magazine Feb 2014

‘Britain’s top 100 Restaurants’ 
Sunday Times & Harden’s Guide 2013

‘One of the best restaurants in England, still relatively affordable’
The Sunday Times Nov 2013

The only restaurant in Suffolk listed in the prestigious Sunday Times Food List
‘The Sunday Times Food List Britain’s top 100 restaurants’ Nov 2013

One the 3 best restaurants in East of England – The Food List Nov 2013

Listed in the ‘Longest-serving restaurants’ 24 years in The Guide
The Good Food Guide 2014

‘500 Best Restaurants in Great Britain & Ireland’
‘Concise menus offer ambitious dishes with worldwide influences and a French heart’
The Telegraph, October 2013

‘One of the 10 Best Romantic British Hotels’
The Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels Sept 2013

TripAdvisor  2013 Certificate of Excellence with 94%

‘The Telegraph 500 Best Restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland’
The Telegraph & Michelin Guide October 2013

‘My Favorite Dish’ by Regis Crepy – Sea bass with ‘Coco de Paimpol’ beans
The Sunday Telegraph Sept 2013

‘One of the 10 best Romantic British Hotels’
The Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels  Sept 2013

‘Top Scorers £50+ UK Best Restaurants’
2013 Hardens Guide

‘The best food in town, indeed for miles, is at The Great House’
Fiona Duncan – Sunday Telegraph March 2013

‘My favourite restaurant’
Tom Martin – Olive Magazine Feb 2013

‘One of the 150 of the Best Restaurants in the UK 2012’
The Good Food Guide

‘Bon Appétit!’ Book of the Year 2012
Ben Keenan Waterstones

‘One of the best Affordable UK Hotels’
Telegraph Travel Sept 2012

‘Fabulous Food at The Great House, Suffolk’
Easy Living Magazine June 2012

‘Britain’s top 100 Restaurants’
Sunday Times & Harden’s Guide 2011

‘One of Britain’s best stopovers’
Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi’ little Black Book 2010

‘Romantic break and lovers of French cuisine’
Good Homes April 2010

‘A real gastronomic treat!’
House & Garden March 2010

‘One of Suffolk’s best breaks’
Suffolk Magazine Jan 2010

‘Escape from the city life at The Great House in Lavenham’
Harpers Bazaar Dec 2009

‘Grand Gourmand’
Condé Nast Traveller December 2009

‘Britain and Ireland 2009 Best Restaurant with Rooms of the Year’
The Good Hotel Guide

‘East of England Restaurant of the year 2009’
Which? Good Food Guide

‘One of 30 reasons to move to Suffolk’
Country and June 09

One of ten best of ‘Cream of the Crop’
Country and Town House April 09

‘One of the 10 top French Restaurants in South East


‘It is like waking up in another world’
Country home and Interiors May 09

‘Runner-up Best value rural UK hotels’
Times Online Feb 09

‘Perfectly executed French cuisine using local produce’
BBC Olive Magazine Jan 09

‘One of Britain’s top 10 hotels for 2009’
Times online Oct 08

‘A truly Great House’
Ealife magazine June 08

‘One of the best British escapes’
Tatler Magazine Feb. 08

‘The Great House is a real treat’
Country living Jan 08

‘A romantic French hideaway is just a drive away’
Woman & Home Jan 08

Finalist ‘2008 Best Small Hotel Awards in Suffolk’

‘A slice of France in Suffolk’
Times online Dec 07

‘One of 7 Britain’s best restaurants with rooms’
The Sunday Times September 2007

‘Entente Gastronomic at The Great house in Lavenham’
In Britain Magazine July 2007

‘One of the best romantic venues in the South East’
The Times February 07

‘I loved it from the moment I walked in’
Mark Thomas in The Sunday Times Feb 07

‘A great weekend away in Suffolk – The Great House’
Evening Standard Jan 07

‘One of the seven of Britain’s best restaurants with rooms’
Olive magazine May 2006

‘One of the 10 best Romantic Restaurants’
The Times Magazine February 2006

‘No 1 out of 40 great places to share a romantic meal in East Anglia’
East Magazine Feb 2006

‘Acclaimed French restaurant at the Great House Hotel, Lavenham’
OK Magazine 09/05

‘One of the best 40 places to stay’
Country Homes and Interiors July 2005

‘The Great House is a cracking restaurant’
Sunday Telegraph Magazine June 2005

‘One of the best Gastro Inns in Britain’
Red Magazine May 2005

‘A Gem of a small country hotel-restaurant with an authentic taste of France’
The Mail on Sunday April 2005

‘A genuinely cosy atmosphere’
The Guardian December 2004

‘One of Britain’s finest cheeseboards’
Waitrose Magazine September 2004

“London Escape! The Great House: the place you need to know”
Evening Standard August 04

‘A unique eating experience’
Suffolk Magazine June 2004

‘Dining in style! French cuisine in the heart of Suffolk”
Hello! Magazine May 2003

“One of the six best family-friendly hotels in the UK”
The Times March 2003

“It is possible to eat well in the Country”
The Sunday Telegraph June 2002

“One of the 6 best Restaurant with Rooms in UK”
Women & Home Magazine April 2002

“One of the 6 best British Country House hotels”
Good Housekeeping October 2001

“Restaurant with Rooms of the Year”
Which? Hotel Guide 1999

“Best Family Restaurant of the Year”
Egon Ronay Guide 1997