Fredericks at The Ickworth

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds , Bury St. Edmunds, 1P29 5QE

1 reviews

47 Modern European Suffolk

SquareMeal Review of Fredericks at The Ickworth

Given the decadence of the architecture, the eye-catching styling & no-expense-spared interiors, dining at Ickworth is a grand experience. And in the same way that the retro-classic furniture & distinctly laid-back experience surprises first time visitors, the kitchen has brought an urbane edge to the food. However, the top-notch ingredients are delightfully parochial, mostly sourced right on the doorstep. The hotel is very much aimed at thirty-and-fortysomething parents wanting a luxurious family break, so expect lots of kiddies about the place – except at dinner, for Fredericks, the elegant dining room, is a child-free zone. Though still finding his feet, Lee Childs is ambitious, evident in the modernities of confit cod & local pork belly with haricot blancs & beetroot, halibut & oxtail with creamed leeks & lemon thyme croquette potato or white chocolate risotto with sweet balsamic jelly & stewed berries.

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Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Richard P. 26 February 2011

As a mature couple with a birthday to celebrate, we selected Frederick's at the Ickworth, and enjoyed an evening of mixed blessings. Perhaps most importantly, the food is very, very good, beautifully presented and at fair prices given the standards set. The wine selection is also pretty good, and as overpriced as everywhere else. The retaurant ambiance is quiet, with soft background music in a low-lit pair of adjoining high-ceilinged, rather ornate rooms with interesting modern art – which, strangely – went well with the classical surroundings. Service was professional and attentive, apart from a young waiter called us wrinklies ‘you guys’. The lounge/bar/holding tank is also pleasant, with an excellent bartender. But there were niggles, the worst of which was an almost complete lack of signage within the Ickworth estate to guide motorists to (and away from) the restaurant. In the dark, even the car park was carefully hidden once the separate building housing Frederick's was eventually located: a long wet and dark walk to the unsigned front door. Signage within the building was also poor: plan well ahead if you need to trek to the loos. The bringing of the bill (£115) at the end of the evening to the lounge where we had coffee was also laboured, and the bill was wrong. In spite of such small annoyances, it's a hard-to-beat evening if you want serious food and drink in classy surroundings.