The Great House

César award in 2009

On the market square of this medieval town, this fine Georgian house is run with Gallic flair as a restaurant-with-rooms by owners Régis and Martine Crépy. It has been sympathetically restored to combine the centuries-old atmosphere (low beams, creaking floorboards) with contemporary flair: the public areas and the bedrooms are decorated in contemporary colours, discreet modern furnishings; fresh flowers. In a courtyard, a recently added dining area has a retractable canopy. The service in the restaurant, mainly by young French waiters, is 'charming, attentive, not at all snooty'. The cooking of chef Enrique Bilbault is 'wonderful': his classic dishes might include spiced cauliflower mousse, lightly smoked cod, chive and dill lobster jelly; guineafowl breast, morel, shallot and sage mousseline, port sauce. A 'lovely' loft room had 'an aura of great comfort'; 'We slept well in a bed that was soft and supportive; excellent pillows, one thick and one thin, allowing us to configure them as we wished, a welcome detail.' At breakfast, 'good cheese made me glad I had not chosen the cheeseboard the evening before'. (A and MK)
  • Our beamed room was spacious and had a sizeable sitting area. The cooking was of a high standard with reasonable choice. Service everywhere was good and not over attentive. We did miss a pre-dinner drink in a lounge.

    Bryan and Mary Blaxall, 24/10/2013

  • A memorable stay. The manageress seized our cases and carried them upstairs.Our room was lovely and we slept well The dinner was wonderful as ever. Breakfast, charged extra, was excellent. Creaky floors add to the atmosphere.

    Andrew & Moira Kleissner, 03/04/2012

  • Our third visit. Last time we booked late and had to make do with the very small room on the second floor. This time we wanted something better and bigger. We were more than satisfied with our room on the first floor overlooking the Market Place. It was spacious and very well-appointed,with a small double bed each. The bathroom was good, down a few steps. The sitting area was very good. The drink-making machine was fine when you got used to it. The food for two dinners and a Sunday lunch was excellent. Fish dishes were admirably designed and perfectly timed. The service was just right, a little formal but not at all snooty. What rooms, and what a restaurant!

    David Grant, 12/03/2010

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Local attractions

Lavenham Priory
A Grade-I listed half-timber house, with three acres of grounds.
A Tudor house in a medieval town.
Little Hall Museum
A 14th-century house on the main square, housing the history of Lavenham.

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Contact Details

The Great House

Market Place LAVENHAM Suffolk England CO10 9QZ


01787 247431

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information




Feb-Dec, restaurant closed Sun night, Mon, Tues midday.


lounge/bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, patio dining area, 1/2-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

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MasterCard, Visa.


[2013] per person B&B £62.50-£112.50, D,B&B £94.50-£160.50. Set dinner £33.50, à la carte £58. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.