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Number Ten @Lavenham

Owned by long-term Lavenham residents Joanna Knight and Rod Benson, Number Ten, in the heart of this spectacular medieval village, is a beautifully restored, Grade I listed building which opened its doors as a ‘wine bar and kitchen’ in November 2013.

Number Ten, Lavenham, Suffolk

For the past 100 years or more, the building has been a private house, but before that it was known as ‘Tudor Shops’ and had a trading history which can be traced back to the time of Henry VII when it was built sometime in the 15th or early 16th century.

Number Ten now comprises a restaurant seating 24 people, a bar area and a small dining room which seats a group of eight or ten. It was in this private dining room, known as John’s Snug (named after the resident ghost – a fact I was not aware of at the time!) that we had a relaxing family meal with a mixture of adults, children, meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians.  Would the food on offer meet the challenge of all our different tastes?

Number Ten, Lavenham, Suffolk

We were not disappointed. The menu, which changes almost daily, focuses on seasonal, locally sourced produce and had a wide selection of fish and meat dishes and a couple of vegetarian choices for the main course.  There was no children’s menu (not a chicken nugget in sight, hurrah!) and the two girls in our group, aged nine and five, happily tucked into dishes of baked salmon fillet in a delicate, creamy sauce for the eldest and shepherd’s pie and seasonal vegetables for the youngest.

For the rest of us there was mackarel pate with toasted bread, freshly baked in the Aga, and salad with the most delicious dressing; fresh scallops; and homemade bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  The main courses were equally delicious with beef lasagne; a perfectly spiced vegetable korma; chicken Caesar salad; and a vegetable crumble (which was deemed “a bit too tomato-y”) with a parmesan topping with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes.

For those having dessert, the universal choice was sticky toffee pudding with ice cream. I had planned to try the cheese board, but sadly, after two decent-sized courses, I was not able to manage it. Maybe next time.

Number Ten, Lavenham, Suffolk

The ambience at Number Ten is friendly and welcoming, the setting is beautiful and John’s Snug is delightful, if a little chilly (was John keeping us company?).  Prices are reasonable at around £25 per head for three courses plus coffee and wine prices start at around £16 per bottle.

Number Ten, 10 Lady Street, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9RA | T 01787 249438 | www.ten-lavenham.co.uk

Stay the weekend! If you can’t get enough of these gorgeous medieval buildings, why not stay in one for a few days? Try Mint Cottage, Penny Cottage or The Tryst. All just steps away from Number Ten.

Images @Number Ten

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Written by Mark

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