Read some of our reviews below:
This superb restaurant exceeded my expectations and I had selected it for a 70th birthday celebration with my son and daughter. I wanted somewhere very special , with the highest culinary standards, an unrivalled setting – 14th/15th century character achieved that with knobs on, a beautiful location – Lavenham fitted that criterion perfectly! Price was what you should expect from a top restaurant. Their staff are well drilled, polite and attentive. Put into perspective I researched South Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex for the right venue, and this was it!
It is respected the world over French cuisine will deliver the ultimate in gastronomic experience – they just have an unrivalled handle on how this is done – you would have to travel a very long way to find a better restaurant than The Great House.
Tripadvisor, December 2021
The Great House restaurant was recommended and it did not disappoint!
“As soon as we entered the staff provided an excellent service – very professional at all times but also very personable. This was quite a feat given that they were wearing suits and Covid face-coverings on a very hot weekend!
We opted for the four-course taster experience with wine pairing. Each dish was a piece of art, both visually and in terms of the taste combinations. As we are not food aficionados it was helpful to always have a waiter on hand to explain the ingredients and the provenience of the wine.
The atmosphere was relatively relaxed but it felt like a special occasion, rather than a regular dining experience. It’s also worth noting that the staff were able to adapt the experience to our dietary requirements (one vegetarian, one coeliac / gluten-free) without any issues. Anyone with these requirements will know that it can be surprisingly difficult to find places to eat, so this was greatly appreciated!
If we are ever in the area again we will definitely be making a detour to eat there again.” Tripadvisor, August 2020
Such a great menu choice, such a wonderful 3 course meal – service was attentive and engaging. Thank you for the birthday treat. Richard, March 2020
A lovely meal for a special occasion. Janet, March 2020
Such an historic and beautiful setting in the market square of one of Suffolk’s most enchanting medieval villages, this restaurant does not disappoint on any level. The service, the food and the ambiance were wonderful. From the amuse bouche, through the starters, to the main course, pudding and petits fours with the coffee, this was real quality on every level. I would single out the dessert for the sheer precision and attention to detail – not to mention the taste! This is a wonderful restaurant. Tripadvisor, February 2020
Spent two nights at this Restaurant with Rooms. We were in the Versailles Suite with a huge bedroom, 4 poster bed, separate sitting room and good shower room. Beautiful decor. The room overlooked the Market Square. The restaurant is stylish and comfortable and bills itself as French. The food was excellent. Do not miss the chicken liver parfait! All the staff were friendly and the service was excellent. Breakfasts were Continental with an option for a cooked breakfast. We stayed with the Continental which included delicious breads, meats and cheeses and very good coffee. A happy stay. Tripadvisor, February 2020
I booked as I was going to be on my own that evening for the New Year eve Dinner. This evening I was apprehensive as New Year on my own was a first! The 8 course meal served as a set menu was wonderful, in fact some of the delicate courses were of the highest Quality I have eaten! The Pasta course with a covering of truffle was magnificent. The accompany wine choices with each course well served, chose and ensure the meal where great praise was bestowed upon the Chef and Kitchen. Whilst the waiting staff were admirable the guests around my table ensured excellent company. An exceptional evening. Tripadvisor, December 2019
We were a family party of 6 for dinner on Christmas Eve. Three meat eaters and three vegans so of course we notified The Great House when we initially booked and again when we paid our deposit. We had the most wonderful evening, the food and wine was delicious and the staff excellent. Many thanks indeed. Will definitely visit again. Tripadvisor, December 2019
We were staying in Lavenham, and having seen the menu outside decided it was worth trying. We ended up being treated to probably the best French cuisine we’ve had outside France. Each dish was full of a wonderful combination of flavours that was new and very good. The presentation was excellent, as was the service from very knowledgeable staff. We could see there was a large cheese trolley with at least 20 English and French cheeses which we were considering after our main courses. However, we’d already eaten quite a lot earlier in the day, and simply didn’t have room. We’ll have to go back, even if we have to drive from London for the day. Wonderful! Tripadvisor, October 2019
Attentive service, intimate surroundings, delicious food, generous servings and some very good wine. What’s not to like? We had a wonderful 3 hours here on a Saturday night and would most definitely return. Tripadvisor, September 2019
A visit to the Great House is highly recommended. The menu was comprehensive and would suit most tastes. The quality of the food was excellent and the service was second to none. All of the staff were professional, helpful and charming. Tripadvisor, August 2019
We had an excellent meal. The Turbot and the venison main courses were delicious.Service was also very good. Certainly the best food in Lavenham. Tripadvisor, June 2019
Beautifully decorated with a welcoming and professional staff, we were quickly made to feel at home. It was a small but well thought out menu, and the food was out of this world. Of particular note, The carpaccio of scallop had an incredible taste, as did the sticky toffee pudding. Tripadvisor, March 2019
Living in Newmarket, we’d often visited the Maison Bleue in Bury and had heard of the ‘Great House’ through their links. A surprise birthday present – a voucher – brought us to this truly delightful establishment. Welcomed and introduced to this fascinating building – intrigued when we were led to this charming, ‘quirky’ room with all it’s own conforts.
Dinner truly delicious, french cuisine at its best and a magnificent wine list, spoilt for choice.
Breakfast – fresh croissants – nothing better, and the aroma of coffee!
Staff, attentive and delightful at all times – Excellent hospitality. Harvey and Sue H, November 2017
Having had lunch here on several occasions, we decided to come for dinner & stay for my birthday celebration. What a delightful treat! Superb food, as always and a beautiful room to stay in. Thank you all at The Great House for a wonderful stay. Your attention to detail is second to none. We’ll definitely be back. Clive and Donna, August 2017
We have often visited Lavenham over the years but have never before been to The Great House, but we will not stay anywhere else in future. Wonderful bed, comfortable sitting room and well arranged bathroom. The food, wine and service set a very high standard. Robert and Suzanne, August 2017
Food – both quality & presentation – really great!
Accommodation – comfortable and relaxing.
Hospitality – attentive & most courteous.
Will recommend to friends & hope to visit again – Philip & Michelle, August 2017
My husband and I are travelling across England from Rottingdean in Sussex. Of all the hotels we have stayed at so far, The Great House, has been the best. Staff, the room + dinner were all excellent. Would highly recommend to friends. Brenda & Michael, May 2017
We don’t live far and have had dinner on many occasions. This is the first time we have stayed and it was to celebrate David’s birthday. Room, dinner, breakfast and service, all 100%. Loved it so much! Will stay again. Feel relaxed, thank you Great House. Alison & David, May 2017
Thank you for making my recent stay and in particular the celebration of my birthday so memorable for me. I had a wonderful time and you looked after me so well, as always. I truly love coming back to stay with you each time and always leave, planning my next visit. Your staff are such a credit to you and I am always so happy to see M. Pennec, your manager and of course Edwina, who always make me feel so welcome. My birthday dinner was extra special – the food of course was absolutely first class and the cake which M. Pennec had arranged, was not only decorated beautifully, but also tasted absolutely delicious. Sarah W, April 2017
We just adore staying at The Great House, world class from the moment we walk through that magnificent front door. It’s a shame it’s only twice a year or so but. Thank you to everyone there for making our time there perfect. Amanda G, April 2017
Didn’t want to go home! Loved our sty with you; the little touches, such as the sherry, dvds, fruit, water and walking maps are much appreciated. The food and drink were wonderfully french – such a treat. James and Barbara, February 2017
Our fist stay here after a fantastic lunch a year or so ago. We have wanted to come back to stay ever since. Finally we made it! Everything exceeded our high expectations. Pretty and cosy room, a fabulous dinner plus a memorable Margaux cru Bourgeois, one of our best ever, a superb breakfast and charming staff!! We hope to be back soon John and Ann October 2016
The Great House is a wonderful restaurant with a number of very special comfortable rooms. I highly recommend the well though-out beautifully presented gourmet food. A holiday to be savoured and not easily forgotten. Mrs Merklinger, September 2016
I cannot think of another hotel where everything is perfect, from the reception to the most comfortable and well decorated room to the fabulous food and the kindness of hosts and staff. Bravo! Mrs S Baxter, September 2016
Chers Madame et Monsieur Crepy, I wanted to write and thank you so much for making my recent stay with you so pleasurable. I had the most wonderful four days in Lavenham, made extra special by your hospitality. I was enchanted by my room, where there was absolutely everything I needed, including the most comfortable bed and linens, a gorgeous bathroom complete with softened water, an Nespresso coffee machine and bottles of mineral water. I was informed that your restaurant was the best in East Anglia and I can only agree unreservedly. I experienced two wonderful dinners in your courtyard, with every attention to detail, including informed direction in choosing the correct cheese to complete the meal. Breakfast each morning was a delight; delicious coffee and mini croissants, accompanied by your superb fresh fruit salad, was the start to my day.
Your staff are absolutely exemplary and made my stay unforgettable – your wonderful manager M. Thierry Penneck, who greeted me every evening when I returned to The Great House and remembered that I liked to take two bottles of water to my room, your charming restaurant staff, who made every meal not only a pleasure also an occasion – including changing the gas cylinder in the burner next to my table whilst having dinner with my cousins, immediately when it ran out, your sweet waitress laying my table for breakfast in the courtyard on my last morning and your lovely housekeeper, who made my room immaculate for my return each day.
I was truly sorry to leave and am already making plans for my return.
With my sincere thanks, Mrs W, September 2016.
My first stay at The Great House and I hope will be the first of many. Apart from Lavenham being so beautiful with a fascinating and interesting history, everything about The Great House is of the highest standard. Perfection to details, the room fittings, bathroom, ‘little extras’. As for the food … Superb and best of all the kindness and friendliness of staff. A most delightful stay. Thank you. Mrs S Cook, August 2016
What a fab place. This has been our 25th Sunday lunch with our good friends M,A,G and M. The food is always superb and the cheese board is the best ever. We always stay on the Sunday night in Room 1 (Four Poster). We always have a great night sleep and don’t want to get up in the morning…. but we would miss the fab breakfasts if we didn’t. We love The Great House! It is one of our highlights as it is our birthday present to ourselves. Thank you. Debbie & Mike, August 2016
Vaut le Voyage! David & Lisa, August 2016
Yet again, we have had the most wonderful time. So well looked after and the food to die for! Back in October and we will continue coming. Susie & Patrick, July 2016
A fabulous stay in a delightful location. Truly wonderful ambiance with superb food and service second to none. Not our first visit and certainly will not be our last! Angela & Ken, July 2016
A perfect gem, want to tell the world but want to keep it secret at the same time! Thank you for a great Birthday treat! Peter & Helena, Cambridge June 2016
OMG! We have to write something different to the many glowing wonderful reviews! However, after careful consideration we feel compelled to write further lovely compliments. So room splendid, breakfast faultless and The Great House’s attention to detail has touched us deeply. As we can’t live here we will return for more easy relaxed luxury another day. John & Louise, London May 2016
Visited Lavenham for ten years on and off including 4 stays in the Great House. Lovely room, great food, fantastic staff! Hope we make it again sooner. Lovely to see you again. The Four Poster Bedroom – Mr & Mrs McCartney May 2016
From both TripAdvisor reviews and reviews in respected local magazines I expected a lot from this restaurant and it did not disappoint. Great food, Great service, Great Ambience. If I had one little wish I had hoped for a more extensive menu but don’t let that deter from all the above it was simply excellent.
Well done The Great House….you were indeed great. Stayed April 2016 – GA, Essex
Thank you for making our visit to The Great House a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. Your hospitality has been superb and greatly appreciated. Your staff are very polite and willing to help all the time. Thank you. John & Wendy Travis – March 2016
I just had to put in writing how impressed we were with your amazing hotel, restaurant & of course staff. Our stay was for want of a better word, “perfect”. We very much look forward to frequenting your beautiful establishment again, hopefully in the not too distant future. I do hope this e-mail was as pleasant to read as it was to write. Many thanks, Mr S & Ms C – December 2015
Both Jo and I had a lovely stay with you at the Great House Hotel. The decor in both the hotel and rooms is subtle and warm and the size of the room for friends sharing was just right. We had a lovely meal in the evening and it was great to be able to sit a chat without a sense of rushing, so thank you for adding to the sense of a relaxed weekend. We thought the most important thing to mention were that truly lovely staff, from opening the door to leaving. They are a credit to you and the hotel and made our stay extra special, so please pass on our thanks.
Jennifer H – November 2015
I last stayed here some 27 years ago. The same comfortable charm and excellent service have endured – no mean feat when so many have gone to the wall or worse over the years. Well done for being and continuing to be so special. One could recommend The Great House with confidence to anyone anywhere in the world.
Jeremy & Carolyn – October 2015
Delightful in every way. Superb cuisine. Excellent service. Beautiful building with delightful bedrooms. Very quiet location overlooking Market Square of Lavenham. Highly recommended.
Mike & Sue , The Attic room – 30th September 2015
Beautifully appointed room, with lovely furnishings and harmonious decor. Great attention to detail. Quiet and peaceful, with delightful views over the Market Square. Restaurant is equally impressive. The food is imaginatively prepared and the service impeccable. All the staff are exceedingly pleasant, cheerful and helpful. This is truly France in Lavenham.
Anthony & Marie , Sandhurst, Room 2 – 28th August 2015
Just arrived home from a wonderful weekend at your Hotel and just wanted to send this email to thank you all for making our stay so perfect and memorable. We had the most wonderful time in a truly idyllic place and your warmth and friendliness only made it harder for us to leave. We have great memories of a very exquisite dinner on Saturday night and a special thank you to our great waiter for guiding me through the heavenly cheese selection. In fact every part of our meal was perfect in every way. Wishing you all the very best for the rest of the summer and we definitely hope to return very soon.
Jacqui & John , Room 2 – 17th to 19th July 2015
Just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely dinner!
The food was fabulous and the service wonderful.
We are very glad that we chose you to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary.
We look forward to coming again!
Kindest regards and best wishes for the business,
Izzy xx 14th July 2015
From the moment we stepped through your door every aspect of the occasion was faultless: the welcome, service, the elements of the cuisine (beautifully prepared, cooked and presented). With 30 years experience you could say that you would have the know-how to achieve that, but it is more than that I know – a constant meticulous attention to detail with the aim of offering something special to your customers. So, may I offer you all our thanks and congratulations. Our evening was a ‘thank you ‘ to my wife, so I was especially delighted that you made it something beyond our (by now) high expectations! C R-S, May 2015
We have eaten here several times at, in our opinion, the best restaurant in Suffolk – a sentiment shared by many friends. So many pleasant surprised such as the nice touch of complimentary sherry – nice sherry as well. Thank you for a lovely stay. A really enjoyable way of celebrating our 50 years of married life. Sue & Anthony Hawkes, March 2015
The Great House was recommended by several friends but this was our fist visit. From the first warm friendly welcome, to the wonderful attentive service in the restaurant, the staff certainly make this a truly ‘Great House’. We loved our room, very cosy and peaceful. We also visited room 2 to compare, but preferred our room. We will definitely come again, hopefully with more friends.
Mike & Jenny Thomas, February 2015
Stayed in all of the hotels in Lavenham but had never stayed at The Great House. Wow what a simply amazing place! Food, hospitality, quality of everything were simply second to none. A very relaxing 2 day break. Thank you all so very much. We shall definably return.
The Browns, Norfolk, February 2015
Our first 100th Birthday celebration!
Dear Martine, Regis, Celine and Thierry – I don’t know how I can ever thank you enough for making my 100th Birthday so memorable for me, my family and friends. The dinner was superb – so very delicious and enjoyed enormously by me and all the guests. The service, too was outstanding and The Great House atmosphere was lovely. I could not have celebrated my 100th birthday anywhere else in the world. many thanks from a very grateful Phyl. Mrs Phyl Urch, 16th December 2014
We love going to The Great House whenever we have a special family occasion. The place is a delight; the food, wine and service are always exceptional. Friendly, attentive staff know how to make you welcome and to serve you up something fresh, seasonal and delicious. This is a French experience at its best. Not wildly expensive, either, for fine dining. when we stayed with you last Wednesday. Your dinner in the evening was a real treat. The wine list was very comprehensive, and we were made to feel very welcome. Mr Wybrow, October 2014
Many thanks for the great experience we had at The Great House when we stayed with you last Wednesday. Your dinner in the evening was a real treat. The wine list was very comprehensive, and we were made to feel very welcome. Many thanks for all your hard work.
Peter & Jane Coates, Norfolk, October 2014
The quiet welcoming ambience of The Great House is quite exceptional. Dining, as always, lived up to our high expectations. The whole evening was a delight and one we intend to repeat very soon. We cannot recommend The Great House too highly.
Brian and Heather Massey, Barn Cottage, August 2014
We have been coming here since Regis and Martine took over The Great House 29 years ago. They consistently provide imaginative cooking of the highest quality I expect and friendly service in a lovely setting. Mrs L Archibald and Miss J Kelley, London & Brettenham June 2014
We’ve had a really good stay, very comfortable room and the food – Ah! What can one say? memorable, inspired, precision cooking. The restaurant staff are excellent, well trained and knowledgeable. A little taste of France in Suffolk. Thank you.Stephanie & Geoffrey, Burton on Trent, The Grand Room, April 2014
Wow! Thank you so much for a truly amazing stay at The Great House. Room was gorgeous, staff were wonderful and food was exquisite – what more could you ask for ! We will see you again in the Summer. Laura & Daniel, Essex – The Loft room, February 2014
Lovely room, fabulous food, exemplary service – Thank you. We will return. I’m sure. Nicole & Edward, Thames Ditton, Surrey, The Loft room, February 2014
We are here celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. We only live up the road but having travelled the globe we are quite convinced The Great House is our favourite restaurant in the whole wide world! Nick and Anthea, Edwardstone – Four Poster, December 2013
We have been coming to the restaurant for many years and have been impressed by the delicious food, excellent service, friendly owner and team. We have often wondered what it would be like to stay at the hotel. So …. even though we only live 1 hour’s drive away, we decided to book. What a joy! We have both travelled extensively and are known to have high expectations. All our expectations have been more then met here. Regis and his team really know the meaning of hospitality. On the practical side every need is catered for in bedroom and bathroom. They are stylish, comfortable and spotlessly clean. In the restaurant, the service is exemplary, the food superb and the ambience delightful. Not only will we be eating here on a regular basis ‘comme d’habitude’ but certainly intend to stay here as well. Thank you for making our November a bit more bearable!
Christine & Max, Saffron Walden – The Grand Room, November 2012
What a wonderful place to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This was our first visit and will probably have to make it ‘our place’. See you next year Great House! And Thank you.
Carol & Sheldon – Four Poster, June 2013
Beautiful room in a beautiful village. Stayed over for a local wedding. Will have to come back again to eat in the restaurant, having read the reviews written in this book! Having grown up in Suffolk, feel very bad for not having discovered Lavenham before. Just time for a quick stroll around before setting off..
Katie & Chris, Nottingham – Four Poster, August 2013
What an absolutely wonderful hotel! Thank you so much for looking after us so well – from dinner on Sat night to the scrumptious breakfasts & little touches that made us special. And the town itself was such a novelty & so fascinating with all its wonkiness & history! You are so lucky to live here! We wish we could stay… Merci beaucoup!
Jen & Steve, Queensland, Australia – Tudor Room, May 2013
A fantastic find. We have been travelling upto Suffolk for over 10 years and have simply missed the Great House, but not any more. Excellent food, room and attentative staff. We shall be returning soon.
Jacqueline & Alan, Wiltshire – Tudor Room, 2013
Well another year has passed and we are back again. Our 16th year to celebrate our Birthdays. Marg + Alb are in Room 2. This year Alb is celebrating a massive Birthday – 80! The lunch in the courtyard was as fantastic as always. Celine + Thierry are just as attentive as smiley as always. We love this room (1). We live on the South Coast and the 3 and an half hour journey is worth it. We look forward to coming to ‘The Great House’ every year and long may it last! A big thank you to Regis and all his staff. We love it here.
Debbie & Mike, Milford-on- Sea, Hampshire – Every year in August!
We came here in October 2006 to celebrate my 60th birthday and we had a wonderful time and we all decided to return again this year. All the staff ensures that we have a great time. The rooms are excellent and we all love the new decor. We have decided as a family to return every October half term as we all enjoy ourselves so much, children & adults. A big thanks you to all the staff because without their hard work it would not have been so good. The Taylors (room 1) and the Cadogans (room 2).
It is not my birthday; it’s not our wedding anniversary; we haven’t reunited with old friends after 50 years apart; and this wasn’t a gift from our adoring children. In fact we have no excuse whatsoever for being here. None needed. With a room like this and a cheese board like that, what’s not to like?
Neil & Cathy Truelove, Clifton, Bedfordshire
Wow, what an awesome stay we had. This little room (5) is just perfect for a romantic getaway. WE had a awesome time and would not pick any other room above this one! Enjoyed the coffee machine, sherry decanter, music system and the lovely bath… We will definitely recommend this hotel to all our friends and family.
Lots of thanks! Lewis & Jolette.
We have had 2 fabulous nights at The Great House, from the moment that we stepped across the front door, it has been truly magical. We married on Monday and it has been a complete fairy tale. Since then and staying here has been the perfect ending to our week. We wouldn’t change a thing. The people, food, room, atmosphere, amazing! Thank you for everything.
Sharon & Rob Parkinson, Dereham, Norfolk.
The Great House certainly lived up to our expectations. Fabulous room and the food was exceptional. Our first visit but definitely not our last! Christine & Michael Bloom, Hertfordshire.
A relaxing break to celebrate a birthday in an especially delightful room. Welcoming & friendly staff added to the experience for the superb cuisine. An enjoyable taste of France en Angleterre. Thank you so much, we look forward to our next visit.
The Cades, Dunmow, Essex.