The Leaping Hare Vineyard Restaurant

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4 reviews

Wyken Vineyards, nr Stanton , Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 2DW

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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. In addition to home-produced Wyken wines, expect impeccably sourced seasonal food with the emphasis on flavour and a bias towards genuinely local ingredients: crispy pig’s head with rhubarb, kohlrabi rémoulade and radish; rack and belly of Wyken lamb with sprouting broccoli and wild garlic; fillet of hake with saffron potatoes, red pepper and spinach; glazed passion fruit tart with white chocolate mousse. It’s an impressive output, given the diminutive dimensions of the kitchen. Alternatively, take advantage of the daytime café (open until 5.30pm) if you’re after breakfast, a simple lunch (Wyken venison sausages, salmon fishcakes 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.

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The Leaping Hare Vineyard Restaurant Location

Wyken Vineyards, nr Stanton , Bury St. Edmunds IP31 2DW

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Elmswell Station 7km

Thurston Station 8km

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-2pm Fri-Sat 7pm-9pm

The Leaping Hare Vineyard Restaurant's Reviews


Food & Drink: 6.5


Service: 6.5


Atmosphere: 7.0


Value: 4.3


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

14 January 2014

Loved our meal here – and have eaten many times at lunch and dinner… Good value for top notch local food, with friendly service… The best place in this part of the world, and very much deserved to win ‘Best Restaurant in Suffolk’ recently.


Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 0

14 July 2011

If you eat at this restaurant please CHECK YOUR BILL. My husband and I were charged twice for two of our courses and consequently overcharged almost £50. When we returned a few days later to obtain our refund we were met by a manager who was pretty unabashed by our experience. We wont be returning.


Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 1

05 March 2010

It was a special anniversary lunch, and we were both very disappointed with the meal. Nothing really wrong with the way it was cooked except my rack of lamb was not that tender. Moreover it was the fact that for £20 for the main meal all I got was the lamb and one roast potato. I mean, come on, that is bordering on the mean. I did get some green beans but all I felt I got was some meat, when some more potatoes would have been nice. We did not have a pudding because we just felt let down by the price and the fact that it was just lamb and no real sauce or anything else. I am aware that it is good to just taste the meat or fish, but I can do that at home. When I go out I do like the think that the chef has taken a bit more trouble. Of course we said nothing because it was our anniversary, and so it just spoils it even more if we complained. It is a lovely place to be and the farmers market is great, but no way would I return. I think it is pretentious, and would much rather travel to find places that are value for money, such as Galton Blackstons Morston Hall. His food is amazing and I have enjoyed many meals there with absolutely no complaint at all. I overheard the owner telling someone that some Friday nights are quiet. Not surprised at all if that is what they offer. I would not return there for a meal.

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