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“Just a wedding venue...?”
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Seckford Hall
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Woodbridge
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Just a wedding venue...?”
Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

I went for a family birthday celebration last night at 1530 restaurant in Seckford Hall, Suffolk.

The end to end experience couldn't have been better.

The entrance to Seckford Hall itself was it's usual magnificent self especially in the crisp winter night.

The greeting as we entered the restaurant was pleasant and natural before heading to the bar to try before you buy some of the draft beers on tap - I went with one of the two Czech lagers on offer.

We perused the menus for a while and embarrassingly five out of six of us chose the same main course: Monkfish in a curry broth

The menu had a plentiful selection of meat, fish & vegetarian food fit for any palette and although we didn't have any bottles of wine the selection was good (next time I'll have the Malbec please) and inexpensive.

The restaurant was busy yet all of the waiting team were exceptionally attentive without being overpowering.

The food was exquisite with starter, main course and dessert going down well. We had between us salmon, beef, monkfish, pigeon, chocolate & coffee.

Added to the mix was the personal touch - talking about our two week old baby (kept under the table :) for some of the evening) and bringing out a birthday cake with candles.

Overall a 10/10 visit, will and already am recommending and am looking forward to many more visits.

Stayed January 2014
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
The team recollect your visit well - indeed they were talking about your gorgeous baby after your recent visit to 1530 at Seckford Hall - thank you for your review of your experience and as you mention; we're a lot more than just a wedding venue!
See you again soon at Seckford
With warm regards
Mark
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

The restaurant has been upgraded since I was last there and the decor is really smart and compliments the beautiful building.

Service was efficient and friendly, and the starters were of good quality however the main courses were dreadful with tough over cooked steak (it was ordered medium) and exactly the same for the lamb. The lamb was changed however that was not the point.

Deserts were OK as was the cheese board.

Selection of wines good, however at nearly 90 pounds per head (due to wine selections) not that good value. A shame, if the meat could be cooked correctly it would of been a superb evening.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
We are naturally disappointed to learn that your main courses weren't to your liking - thank you for your feedback which is being discussed with our butcher.
It is great to learn that you like the new look Seckford Hall and enjoyed your starters - I do hope that this will not deter you from returning in the near future
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Mark
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Seckford Hall has changed hands recently and we went to try out the restaurant. Our starters were of excellent quality and well-presented and my fish main course was also very good. However, my wife's lamb was virtually inedible - full of fat and gristle. I think she got about 4 mouthfuls and could not even cut through the rest of it, let alone eat it. I tried it as well and could not cut or eat it. The staff were conspicuous by their absence at this juncture and no-one came to ask if everything was ok.
We were taking advantage of a special offer through the local newspaper - cheapest main course free - but I don't really think we should have paid for the other main course either. We were given our vouchers back and invited to use them again but may not be able to, and indeed may not want to!
This offer was to serve as a try-out for the restaurant but the way the problem was handled, it seems unlikely to encourage us back again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Thank you for your review after your recent visit to Seckford Hall - it is evident that you have visited in the last week as we have just launched a new menu with the lamb dish that you refer to. I am sorry that this dish wasn't to your liking - in light of your comments, we have changed the presentation and cooking style of the lamb dish
I am pleased that you had the opportunity to try our restaurant in conjunction with the recent offer we had in the East Anglian Daily Times
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Mark
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

Seckford Hall is in a stunning location and is very beautiful, however it is isolated. Therefore, it has to be worth traveling from town centre restaurants for.
On arrival we were so impressed with the atomsphere of the place especially in the cocktail bar with the fire. However when we went to dinner the atomsphere wasn't the same, the lighting was too bright and we got served by at least 4 different people(though all very good)
The main issue for Seckford Hall is the food. It needs to be outstanding, instead of Ribeye Steak there should be fillet (for example) It know it's good value, but for a place so stunning and so much to offer it needs to impress more. The food was delicious, no complaints but did not feel like the fine dining we would expect from somewhere like Seckford Hall.
The bar area is brilliant, just the restaurant needs work on.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thank you for your constructive review of your recent Seckford Hall experience. Our new menu launching today features a cut of the day - a piece of beef which has been especially selected by our butcher to feature on our menu - I do hope that you pop back soon to give it a try
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Mark
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Middlesbrough
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

My sister and I stayed at Seckford Hall Hotel for two nights in early January. It was a good location for visiting relations in the area and the nearby coast. As my sister has limited mobility, we opted to pay extra for the corner Stable Suite in the courtyard of the hotel and she was able to use her mobility scooter within the very spacious lounge, bedroom and huge bathroom. The suite was clean, comfortable and homely for the needs of us both. We also had access to the main restaurant in the hotel via a side door with the scooter (no steps), but unfortunately the thick gravel in this area sometimes caused a problem and there were times when I had to push my sister through it! A more relevant problem was that there were two occasions when cars parked right in front of this access area and did not allow enough space for the scooter to get through. With a litle organisation, the hotel could display a sign indicating that people with limited mobility need to access this side door at all times and maybe lay a path that is easier to get along for these guests. These comments have already been made to the hotel reception staff. Apart from these problems, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this Classic Hotel to both able and disabled guests.

Room Tip: The Stable corner suite in the courtyard of the hotel was ideal for people with limited mobility
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thank you for your review following your recent Suffolk Break and for your kind comments in relation to our hotel. You provided some invaluable feedback in terms of entry into the Hotel for our less abled guests which we are in the process of putting into action - thank you for your constructive comments.
We do look forward to seeing you again soon at Seckford Hall
With kind regards
Mark
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Stayed with Elaine last night on a room only basis for £114, which we thought was pretty good value. Got a very large studio room in the courtyard which was warm, clean and well furnished. The main house and grounds are very attractive and well maintained. All staff very helpful and pleasant, and an excellent traditional English breakfast at £13.95 a head topped this short stay off nicely for us. We only live 35 miles away yet had never heard of this place until it was recommended to us. We'd recommend it to others, if the kind of deal we got (via booking.com) is available.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Thank you for your review of your recent stay with us - I am pleased that you had a lovely stay and as you mention you're not that far from us, would love to welcome you back to the Hotel in the near future.
With kind regards
Mark
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Lovely setting, room was clean & tidy but needed updating spa bath did not work & a very annoying dripping tap in bathroom
Friendly staff, one of the bar staff promised to bring us some ice to our room this never turned up
Food was very nice, expected a live band & not a disco we paid over £400 for this 1 night stay
Perhaps its more of a 3 star hotel than a 4 star
This hotel could be amazing, just needs a few issues sorted

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarkSuddes, Operations Director at Seckford Hall, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Thank you for your review of Seckford Hall Hotel - I am sorry that we did not match your expectations in terms of the entertainment on New Years Eve and that we overlooked your ice bucket.
With best wishes
Mark
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Property: Seckford Hall
Address: Seckford Hall Cottage 12 Seckford Hall Road | Great Bealings, Woodbridge IP13 6NU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Woodbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Woodbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Seckford Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful four-star luxury hotel and spa offering an ideal base to explore the county of Suffolk - from the local Suffolk coast featuring popular destinations such as Southwold and Aldeburgh to Constable country visiting villages such as Flatford and Dedham. Steeped in history, the magnificent red brick Tudor building is over 500 years old and is complemented by the modern facilities of the newly refurbished Seckford Spa, adjacent to the main hotel building. Perfect for business or pleasure, the hotel is also a wonderful Suffolk wedding venue with acres of beautiful grounds and a lake. ... more   less 
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