We’ve put together a list of the many restaurants in and around Lavenham that are recommended by the Michelin Guide. There is a huge variety of cuisines and settings for you to enjoy on your holiday, or during a special evening of culinary delights in the area.


Great House –  A truly romantic get away, topped off by exquisite dining. This highly praised restaurant, with impressive Georgian façade on the main square of attractive Lavenham, serves ambitious dishes with a worldwide influence and French heart. The stylish, contemporary décor blends well with the timbered building of 14th century origin.

Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ 01787 247431

Brasserie – The Swan Hotel’s restaurant serves classic bistro dishes. Sit by the fire in winter, or on the terrace overlooking the garden in summer.

High St Lavenham CO10 9QA 01787 247477

Long Melford (5.3 miles)

Scutchers –  Traditional dishes use good, locally sourced ingredients on the fine dining menu. The split-level restaurant is situated in a former medieval hall house. The well-selected wine list features top class New and Old World producers .

Westgate Street, Long Melford CO10 9DP

Georgian Room – In the Black Lion Hotel, with just four tables, this candle-lit restaurant is extremely intimate. Located within a Georgian inn, with formal service, well-executed modern dishes are offered using imaginative combinations.

Church Walk, The Green Long Melford CO10 9DN

Whepstead (10 miles)

The White Horse – The food at the White Horse is “all about ingredients”; locally sourced, seasonal and freshly made daily. Choose between the characterful beamed room and the brighter Gallery with local artists’ work.

Rede Rd WHepstead IP29 4SS  01284 735 760  

Bury St Edmunds (10.9 miles)

Pea Porridge – In a cosy, 19th century cottage, Pea Porridge serves seasonal, “country-style” menus with a Mediterranean bias. Rugged, rustic, yet sophisticated food

28-29 Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 700200

Eaterie at The Angel Hotel – Charles Dickens onec stayed in this  15th century coaching inn, which now boasts an impressive chandelier and a display of the owner’s contemporary art. And such touches of modernity extend to the tasty, modern European brasserie-style dishes.

3 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LT 01284 714000

Maison Bleue – The menus here focus on seafood, cooked in a contemporary style but with classic influences and Gallic and Asian touches. This converted 17th century house has been modernised with sharp décor and a semi-open kitchen.

30-31 Churchgate St Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1RG (01284) 760 623

Further Afield

If you’re willing to travel a little further out, these places are also worth a try!

Horringer (13.1 miles)

Frederick’s – Situated in The Ickworth Hotel, this fine dining restaurant offers candlelit tables overlooking the Italian gardens. Vintage wines, and modern European cuisine based on seasonal produce from local producers.

Horringer IP29 5QE

Stowmarket (13.4 miles)

Buxhall Coach House – A mother-daughter team run this homely, farmhouse-style restaurant, serving flavoursome, Northern Italian dishes. Pass the large, open-plan kitchen with Aga to the cosy dining room and enjoy good quality ingredients cooked with plenty of care.

Buxhall Vale, Buxhall Stowmarket IP14 3DH 01449 736032  

Hintlesham (13.5 miles)

Hintlesham Hall – A traditional British menu, made with the best quality ingredients, that appeals to gourmet and health-conscious alike. Many of the dishes encompass fresh herbs from the Hall’s famous garden. The award-winning, 350-bin wine list ranges the world from France to Australia, and includes a marvellous selection of half-bottles.

Hintlesham IP8 3NS  01473 652334