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More than three decades down the line, the dashingly handsome Great House still invokes pleasing thoughts of France in the heart of medieval Lavenham – no wonder it remains hugely popular with readers (and ourselves). Ancient timbers, muted colours and modern artworks create a “subdued atmosphere”, while Régis and Martine Crépy play perfect hosts to an appreciative crowd who flock here for “impeccable” French cooking with plenty of modern flourishes. “Quality is always a priority” as the kitchen works its magic with perfectly judged flavours and textures: mackerel fillets are enlivened with Jerez vinegar, puréed romanesco broccoli and lemon sauce, roasted skinless Gressingham duck breast arrives with blood-orange marmalade, cumin-spiked carrot jus and orange powder, while English lamb is cooked with crisp garlic and basil in filo pastry. Artistic desserts might feature coffee and praline mille-feuille with caramelised hazelnuts and coffee ice cream, although it’s worth eyeing up the terrific selection of cheeses from Suffolk and France too. Service from young Gallic staff is “exemplary”, lunches offer tremendous value and oenophiles will find solace in the generous wine list. 

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    The Great House, is a sleek, chic gourmet restaurant on the main Market place of Lavenham with five boutique hotel rooms.
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    Often referred to as one of the ‘finest medieval towns in England’ Lavenham was also once one of the richest towns in the country, during its cloth-making heyday. This wealth gave rise to the splendid architecture and majestic church we see today, making the accolade of being the finest of medieval towns, fully justified...
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Essential Details for The Great House

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Suffolk
  • Price: £61
  • Wine: £18.95
  • Champagne: £49.95
  • Lunch: £19.50/24.95 (2/3 courses)

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