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“You wont need a porpoise to eat here”

Dolphin Inn Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Thorpeness
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$28
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Lovely location, well kept pub garden to sit and eat in. Excellent shared crab salad with new potatoes and leaves. Brought us 2 lots of knives and forks without us having to ask even though we only ordered one portion. Not cheap but excellent quality. Beer and wine was lovely, real ale, well kept. Friendly staff.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

They had a nice jazz band here on Good Friday lunchtime .They have a wide selection of ales and the food is first class

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The menu isn't huge but the food was imaginative, well cooked and tasty. There were nine of us and we visited twice and everyone was more than happy with what we had. Staff are really helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Firstly, this is a very busy place and I would suggest you book. We were treated to a weekend in Thorpeness for our joint 60th birthday present. We had a great cottage with the children and grandchildren. Decided to eat out on the Saturday night and booked the Dolphin, 9 of including 3 children and we were looked after well. The staff were friendly, helpful and interacted with everyone and the food was all good. Worth going to, but if it is likely to be busy - then book.

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Reviewed 21 March 2014

After deciding to go for a drive to find somewhere nice for a Sunday roast we stumbled across the dolphin inn. After what took a lifetime to order 2 Roast parks and a bowl of cheesy pasta for our little boy we then proceeded to wait another lifetime for our food to arrive.
The cheesy pasta was exactly that, pasta with cheese grated on it.... Disappointment number one. The roast pork was served on top of seasonal veg, which was al dente to say the very least, it was verging more towards uncooked along with only warm. The pork and crackling was nice though! I do feel we wasted £36 on a meal all 3 of us left. If I wasn't in fear of loosing another life time I would have complained instead we just left.

Thank Michelle B
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