Although looking Georgian, because of its façade, much of this house goes back to Tudor times – as can be seen more from the rear of the building. Made famous as a restaurant by Robert Carrier, the kitchen has now been in the capable hands of Alan Ford, for many years.
There are two main dining rooms, the larger being called the Salon the smaller more intimate pine panelled being the Parlour – but the menu on offer is the same in each; perhaps begin with an 'Oriental-Spiced Sausage (of chicken & barbecued pork) with Soy-flavoured sauce'; 'Sautéed Scallops with Honey, Chili Risotto and Star Anise Syrup' (£5 supplement) or 'Smoked Haddock, Mussel & Roast Vegetable Salad'.
These to be followed by 'Chump of Local Lamb with seasonal vegetables'; 'Tenderloin of Pork, Chorizo Sausage and a Basil Sauce', 'Twice-baked Caramelised Shallot and Spinach Soufflé, Truffle Infused Sauce' or locally-caught fish (turbot if you’re lucky).
Desserts are beautifully arranged – maybe 'Smooth Milk Chocolate Tart with Bitter Chocolate Sauce'' or 'Pear and Banana Crumble with Rum Anglaise Sauce'. They also have a good selection of British and French cheeses.
For a more casual experience opt for the Lounge Menu, available throughout the day in the comfortable lounge areas or even on the terrace weather permitting. Try the Hintlesham Burger with large onion rings and hand cut chips or maybe green Thai chicken curry, or a vegetarian option of spring vegetable, spinach and basil carbonarra.
For and extra special treat, there's the Traditional Full Afternoon Tea, with fluffy scones and clotted cream, sandwiches and cakes
Prices aren’t modest, but this is a special-occasion place; worth a special trip, especially if staying over. An extra tip, it’s worth paying for what they call a ‘Superior ’ double room, then you won’t be disappointed about its size.
There is a Dress Code, 'Smart Casual' attire is requested and jeans and trainers discouraged.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: 12.00-14.00; All Inclusive Lunch Mon-Sat £33.30 or Two courses at £18.00/ Three courses at £23.50; Mains from about £25. Sunday Lunch two courses £19.50, three courses £25.50
- Dinner: 18.30-21.00; set Dinner £33; A la Carte Main Courses from about £25
- Seats: 80
- Wine: A very lengthy, but interesting wine list, takes some reading - but don't expect bargains. Prices kick off at £22.00
- Children's portions: Only by arrangement. Children of 13 and under are not permitted in the restaurants at dinner
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Ipswich Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - about 8km west of Ipswich on the A1071.
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available