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“Lovely atmosphere, excellent food”

Dolphin Inn Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Thorpeness
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$26
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Dolphin, now the hub of the community, is an ideal resting base to explore Thorpeness and our neighbouring towns Aldeburgh and Southwold, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere reserve plus many more local must sees. A short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk Heritage coast and the very popular Mear, a boating lake which is on our doorstep and just up the road - The House in the Clouds. The Head chef is passionate about local produce and the kitchen not only creates a daily changing menu for the restaurant using some of the best local producers but makes and supplies Thorpeness Village store, attached to the Dolphin Inn, with chutneys, jams, pies and pastries. As a free house the bar dispenses award winning real ales all sourced locally from independent producers including Adnams, Brandon brewery and Woodfords. We have developed an excellent wine list with wines sourced from some of the best cellars around the world featuring alongside a large selection of bourbons, single malts and port. A roaring log fire in the winter, a huge garden with barbecues in the summer and well appointed four star en-suite bedrooms, this is a genuine pub where you can expect great food and great beer served in a warm friendly environment.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere, excellent food”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Glorious place for lunch at the weekend. Large garden with plenty of seating. Dogs welcome, if kept on a lead. Always packed with people. This was about the 5th time we'd eaten here & never fails to dissapoint. Food always tasty, service excellent.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank lilybear1
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“nice beer an friendly staff”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

only had a quick pint found the staff to be friendly lovely open log fire would vist again

Visited January 2012
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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2012

Had a terrific dinner here with my parents last night - warm welcome, friendly service and fantastic food. Thank you!

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank Emissary
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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“Even better than expected”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We visited the Dolphin at Thorpeness at lunchtime today with friends. We knew from other reviews on Trip Advisor that the food would be good.
However the meal exceeded expectations in every respect. We were served high quality well prepared and presented food by friendly staff in pleasant surroundings. What more could you ask for? We have already booked to return next week!

  • Visited January 2012
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2 Thank ccrr8
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Telford, Shropshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Warm and welcoming bar with great atmosphere”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Very welcoming & friendly pub with a good atmosphere and excellent service.

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank Carla L
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