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“Great Lunch”
Review of British Larder Suffolk - CLOSED

British Larder Suffolk
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: In a picturesque setting on a quiet rural lane, British Larder offers traditional British cuisine with a contemporary edge, and a passion for sourcing superb produce from the Suffolk region. There is outside seating for al fresco dining. Rustic yet modern, the cosy interior at The British Larder restaurant in Suffolk features exposed brickwork, an open fire, wooden beams and an impressive bar. The seasonal British Larder menu uses locally sourced produce wherever possible, and changes on a daily basis, making best use of the fine, fresh ingredients. Sample dishes include sea bass carpaccio with coriander, lime and fennel salad, Orford-Ness lobster and Loch Duart salmon macaroni or Riverside beef with Aspall Cyder roasted shallots, Yorkshire pudding and duck fat roasted potatoes. There is a good selection of wines by the glass and an indulgent dessert menu. Near Woodbridge, The British Larder Suffolk is a fine gastro pub, open 7 days a week.
Greater London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

The lunch menu is very reasonably priced (£20) for three courses and was very well cooked. Starters were good sized portions and set up the main course nicely. We both had the boned chicken leg with asparagus. the chicken was very cleverly boned and skinned and reformed into a block of chicken meat with a lovely salty skin. There was a lot of asparagus, maybe toomuch, and it was a little too raw for out tastes. I'm certain it was that way to preserve its delicate taste but some of it was just plain tough! I fell a better balance plate of food would have been less asparagus, slightly less chicken ( although it was excellent) and some starch, maybe some dauphanouise potatoes.
Deserts were superb, maybe the best element of the meal.
A great idea is selling matched wines in sall quantities so that spread out over the meal it came to about a whole glass. This lets drivers sample some lovely with more or less a clear concious. Why don't more out of town restaurants do this? It is inspired.
Overall and excellent lunch, in relaxing surroundings and served by friendly, helpful staff. And at twenty quid, plus drinks, a steal.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Peter B
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English first
2 reviews
“Fantastic food that lived up to expectation”
Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

I’m a chef and a big fan of Madelene Bonvini-Hammell’s recipe blog and cookbook so it was with great anticipation my husband and I visited for our anniversary. We were promptly shown to our table and welcomed by the waiting staff who were happy to take my book to be signed by the chef. Amuse Bouche of beetroot and ricotta dip, cheese straws and popcorn soon arrived and was greedily eaten.  

The wine list looked enticing and we decided match wine to each dish ordered with the help of the waiter/sommelier. The recommended wines were all wonderful and matched the dishes perfectly.

The starters were outstanding. I ordered cured salmon, crab rillettes with wild garlic pesto. The dish was beautifully presented on gorgeous crockery and tasted sublime. My husband had the smoke house platter which at £15 was expensive but very generous. The smoked mackerel pate and smoked prawn cocktail deserve special mention and inspired us to go to Richardson’s and Pinney’s in Orford to purchase products the following day.

Pan-fried hake with samphire and pototo gnocchi was beautifully cooked and the smoked prawn bisque lifted the dish. My main however, was less successful. I ordered lamb cutlets, lamb shoulder croquettes, minted Jersey Royals, asparagus and broadbeans – a celebration of all things seasonal. In a departure from the high end presentation of all of the dishes we had enjoyed so far, the dish, though very generous in size, was a bit of a mess and looked like it had been flung on the plate. I had asked for rare and the 3 cutlets came medium rare and were English trimmed, containing a large amount of fat that had not been fully rendered. The rest of the dish was tasty but a little underwhelming.

Things were back on track in a big way when it came to dessert which were beautifully presented and delicious – and I’m not a dessert person. The New Season Strawberry Parfait, Dandelion and Burdock, Baked Strawberries was an  explosion of strawberry aroma, flavour and texture, and the Chocolate Creameux, Hazelnut Praline, Honey and Marsala  was dark, rich and utterly decadent.

I would dock 1/2 a star because of the disappointment with the lamb main but as i can't and the British Larder is more excellent than very good it gets 5. I would thoroughly recommend The British Larder and hope to visit again. In the meantime I look ook forward to cooking many of Madelene's recipes.

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Thank Lilybet1
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Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Not bad”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Very, very up its own bottom but the food is good, not great, the staff are helpful in a slightly aloof manner and the decor is pseudo. Overpriced in every way but OK for special family events or impressing the new girlfriend.

Visited June 2014
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2 Thank David P
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Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Not pub prices, watch out!”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Whilst on holiday we drove past and decided to stop for lunch. We walked into the empty bar and asked for a table for lunch and the waiter was not sure he could fit us in having not prebooked. Another waiter came along and assured it would not be a problem and would we like to sit in the restaurant. We were shown to our seats and the menu being offered was now twice the price - no lunchtime sandwiches in here!
The food was delicious and there are no complaints about it or the dining room however it would have been nice to have the option of a lighter bite even if we were not in the bar.
Recommend for a nice meal at the top end of your budget, maybe a treat, but don't go here and expect a pub meal.

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2 Thank Twinsliders
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Rather sloppy”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Went there for lunch today. Pretty much first in just before the rush. Found ourselves then waiting behind everyone else and had to ask where our food was (always a bad sign).

Food arrived, minus the sides which came (after asking again) just as we were finishing. Pork belly was nearly all fat.

For £16 for mains in a Pub it should be much better.

No front of house and it showed.

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2 Thank James B
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