SquareMeal Review of
Leaping Hare Vineyard Restaurant
Set among gorgeous gardens, ancient woodlands and seven acres of vineyards, this stunningly restored 14th-century barn on Sir Kenneth and Lady Carla Carlisle’s estate is an out-of-the-way gem. Expect impeccably sourced seasonal food “with the emphasis on flavour” and a bias towards genuinely local ingredients: carpaccio of Wyken venison with white truffle oil, rocket and Parmesan; rump of Suffolk lamb with potato gratin and stare anise carrots; fillet of hake with summer vegetable broth and shaved fennel; crème fraîche tart with raspberries. It’s “astounding what they put out for such a small kitchen”, marvels one fan. Alternatively, take advantage of the daytime café (open until 5.30pm) if you’re after breakfast, a simple lunch (salmon fishcakes, pasta etc) or something sweet from the array of home-baked goodies. Service keeps it casual and kids are more than welcome – they will love the sheep, llamas and peacocks running around. There’s an excellent ‘country store’ on-site and the local farmers’ market pitches up here every Saturday morning.