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“Benefit from being by the sea”
Review of The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 30 Restaurants in Aldeburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$45
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Sam and the team at The Lighthouse restaurant welcome every customer into a relaxed atmosphere which instantly makes you feel at home. With three different eating locations, downstairs, upstairs and the courtyard, The Lighthouse offers a 'Sleepy Suffolk' approach to eating out, with you dictating the pace of your evening. The Lighthouse chefs work tirelessly to continue to produce mouth-watering dishes for the A la carte menus and, the lunch & pre-cinema menu. With the creations of the dishes, Head Chef Guy Welsh ensures that the ingredients for all his dishes are as local as possible, with much of the fish coming right off the beach in Aldeburgh, our duck coming from Norfolk based Gressinghams, Five Winds butchers in Melton for our juicy steaks and local salad leaves from Sue Allen in Thorpeness. To round off the perfect evening, The Lighthouse offers a wide selection of tempting wines and local Adnams beers to compliment all of our dishes.
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Benefit from being by the sea”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Informal ambience belies the fine food. You don't have to eat seafood but you probably should, as it will have come from the beach that day. Somebody knows what they are doing there.

  • Visited June 2014
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Was told might need a reservation as local festival so popped in at 6.30pm on the off chance. Told yes could have a table for two but must vacate by 8pm. Manager very friendly and obviously has a good relationship with the locals. Clean and open restaurant, good food appears quickly and felt very welcome. Good roasted vegetables and nice piece of cod. Was worried that as the restaurant was full and a party of 32 upstairs that service might be slow, it wasn't so would recommend this place. Just make sure you book as it is popular.

  • Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Very pleasant food; warm and welcoming service ”
Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

We popped our heads around the door at 6:29pm. We'd not booked but could they fit us in? No problem, they smiled, do long as they had the table back by. 8:15 pm. That was fine by us. The cod on bouillabaisse with new potatoes was first rate as was the scallops and bacon salad. They did a lovely chocolate truffle cake topped with marzipan and served with yogurt for dessert. All throughout the serving staff couldn't have been nicer.

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“Delicious food with a great friendly atmosphere!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Me and my boyfriend were staying in aldebough for the week and went here three times. Each time we went the food was faultless and the meet and fish was delicious. My favourite was the cod and rissoto! The service was excellent and the manager was attentive and enthusiastic. There is also a early bird menu which was great value but the food was just as good as the normal menu too, as we tried both. Overall, I fully recommend this delightful restaurant to anyone!

  • Visited June 2014
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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice meal, shame about the cheese and crackers!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I decided to eat here whilst on holiday in Aldeburgh last week - we thought any restaurant so highly praised by A A Gill must be worth a visit. Despite having to eat in the upstairs room, the atmosphere was lively and the service attentive. Looking forward to my starter of potted shrimps with toast, I was slightly taken aback that the toast consisted of a slice of what looked suspiciously like white Mother's Pride, as cold and rubbery as the toast in a self service breakfast at a cheap hotel! The shrimps themselves were lovely - shame that what could have been an excellent dish was let down by such lack of attention to detail. My husband's scallops were slightly over cooked and on the small side but perfectly tasty. Main courses of fillet of bream and pork loin with Puy lentils were cooked well and tasted good, though nothing to set your pulse racing. The cheese course was a real disappointment - our faces fell at the sight of a plate piled high with biscuits from a Jacob's selection box - the sort your mother would wheel out at Christmas in 1970! The cheese itself was far too cold - the unripe, rubbery Brie was a travesty. To be fair the manager came to apologise but I could only take his assertion that A A Gill would have been served the exact same toast and crackers, with a pinch of salt. If you are going to plaster your restaurant with reviews from a top restaurant critic, then surely you should make sure your food is up to the same high standard. A mixed experience.

Visited June 2014
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