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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Candy Store
“Old medieval wool town. Also the Harry Potter medieval house. Famous Tea rooms, best ice cream palour in UK”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lodging
“An award winning restaurant in the centre of Lavenham offering some of the best food in the county. '2010 Britain's top 100 Restaurants' Sunday Times and Harden's Guide.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Locality
“Many beautiful historical places of interest to visit locally;Lavenham,Long Melford,Bury st Edmunds,Newmarket (races),Dedham Vale ,Aldeburgh,Woodbridge,Southwold ,to name a few ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
“The Swan is perfect for that special occasion or just to spoil yourself. The food is exquisite and the service is second to none.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Premise
“Lavenham is a beautiful timber framed village with a range of historical buildings. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Candy Store
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“You could put Lavenham into virtually every category. It's a totally unspoilt medieval town that was the centre of the wool trade. Do visit the Guildhall and Little Hall. It also has some great places to eat. The Great House is one of my favourite places for a special meal.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
“THE LAVENHAM GREYHOUND Open Monday to Sunday | 10:30am - 11:00pm 97 High Street Tel: 01787 249 553 The Greyhound has recently reopened as a tapas restaurant. We have only eaten there twice but really enjoyed our meals. If the weather is nice, ask to be seated outdoors on their lovely decked terrace. Interestingly, the building dates back to 1324 when it was first used as the town gaol. NUMBER 10 WINE BAR AND KITCHEN Bar opening times: Open Monday - Thursday | 11:00am - 11:00pm Friday | 11:00am - midnight | Saturday | 12:00pm to midnight Sunday | 12:00pm - 11:00pm 10 Lady Street Tel: 01787 249 438 — restaurant booking is advisable Number 10 is one of our favourite bars in Lavenham. It offers a great Sunday roast and al fresco courtyard dining. Staff are welcoming and friendly. AIRMEN’S BAR — THE SWAN HOTEL Open Saturday | 11:00am - 1:00am Sunday | 11:00am - midnight Tel: 01787 247 477 High Street In 1943, when the world was at war, Lavenham built an airfield, which was also used by the United States Army. The bar has all sorts of interesting momentos adorning the walls as a tribute to the many servicemen who bravely served. Here, you too can raise a toast in their memory. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“MENSAAB Restaurant and takeaway Open Monday to Saturday | 12:00pm - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sunday | 12:00pm - 3:00pm; 5:30 pm - 10:30pm 2 Church Street Tel: 01787 249 431 Mensaab serves traditional Indian food. CO-OP Open Monday to Sunday | 7:00am - 10:00pm The larger Co-op, a little further down High Street, has recently begun to offer a large selection of Cook Frozen Ready Meals. We haven’t had an opportunity to try any of these out yet, but a friend of ours claims they are “not bad.” Cook says it uses the same ingredients and techniques you would at home. All you need to do is heat them in the microwave or oven. They offer vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free meals.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Lavenham is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Suffolk, with an abundance of bijoux shops and very good restaurants, an hotel and more.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“LAVENHAM BLUE Open 6 days a week | 10:00am to 4:30pm Closed Thursdays Tel: 01787 248 295 Located in a picturesque location in Market Place, this is a popular and much-loved vintage tea room offering traditional teas, generously portioned lunches, delicious cakes and friendly service. There is indoor and outdoor seating. CAFE NINI Open Tuesday to Sunday | 9:30am to 4:00pm Open on bank holidays Breakfast available from 9:30am to 2:30pm Tel: 01787 827 996 Cafe Nini is where we go to enjoy a relaxed English brunch. It is a quaint place with friendly staff, and the menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. THE SWAN Open Monday to Saturday | 12:00pm to 5:00pm Sunday | 3:00pm to 5:00pm Tel: 01787 247 477 You will need to book if you plan to while away your afternoon with an Afternoon Tea at The Swan. Served in the Gallery Restaurant, The Swan offers a Traditional, Gentleman’s or decadent High Tea. MUNNINGS TEA ROOM Open 7 days a week | 10:00am to 5:00pm Crooked House, 7 High Street Tel: 01787 249718”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“Again this establishment has benefited from recently being taken over from a large chain of Gastro Pubs, it has now reverted back to its original style, good food and beers.”
  • 1 local recommends
Postal Code
“Recently taken over by a local family concern who have two other excellent Pubs, The Swan in Long Melford and the Ram in Hadleigh. They have transformed the Greyhound from a very tired pub into a great favourite of ours.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“We love Lavenham and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. There’s lots to do and see, so take along the complimentary map kindly provided by the Lavenham Forum, and explore the winding streets of this beautiful little village and its 300-plus listed buildings. You can take a shortcut from the cottage to Market Place, the centre of the village. Turn right as you exit the back entrance, and a little way further you will see a cobbled alleyway on the left hand side. This alleyway will lead you into Market Square. A LITTLE HISTORY Lavenham is best known for being one of the most well-preserved medieval wool towns in England, and its many fine, timber-framed buildings and beautiful church make it a fascinating place to explore. Despite its small size, Lavenham was one of the wealthiest towns in England in Tudor times, famous for its blue broadcloth and spinning wool. Many of Lavenham’s buildings date from the 15th century and were built on the success of the wool trade. Lavenham’s wool merchants were so rich that, when visiting in 1487, Henry VII fined some of them for being ostentatious. However, in the late 16th century, Dutch refugees in Colchester began weaving a lighter and cheaper cloth. Unable to compete, Lavenham’s wool industry began to fail, and the village became impoverished. The villagers who inherited the expensive oak-framed houses could not afford to upgrade them to brick or stone. So, luckily for us, most of the buildings were never altered, and Lavenham was able to retain its picturesque and olde-worlde charm.”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Gallery
“If you love to shop, Lavenham won’t disappoint. Plan to spend a couple of hours browsing through the specialty shops and art galleries. Here are just some of the art galleries and shops you will find. LAVENHAM CONTEMPORARY Right next door to our cottage is where artist Paul Evans, widely known for his highly individual watercolour artworks, exhibits. Worth a visit! THE LION HOUSE GALLERY Quirky and unusual paintings, original prints, ceramics and silver. POSY Eclectic mix of homeware, original artwork, and unusual gifts and accessories. PICKLES AND LILLIES Quality children’s clothing and traditional toy retailer. RETAIL THERAPY Ladies knits, dresses, tunics, trousers & jeans, scarves, gloves, jewellery, and handbags. MARSHBECK INTERIORS Reproduction furniture and home decor. THE GARDENERS HOME Garden and country living shop.”
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Lodging
“An award winning restaurant in the centre of Lavenham offering some of the best food in the county. '2010 Britain's top 100 Restaurants' Sunday Times and Harden's Guide.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The Swan is perfect for that special occasion or just to spoil yourself. The food is exquisite and the service is second to none.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“MENSAAB Restaurant and takeaway Open Monday to Saturday | 12:00pm - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sunday | 12:00pm - 3:00pm; 5:30 pm - 10:30pm 2 Church Street Tel: 01787 249 431 Mensaab serves traditional Indian food. CO-OP Open Monday to Sunday | 7:00am - 10:00pm The larger Co-op, a little further down High Street, has recently begun to offer a large selection of Cook Frozen Ready Meals. We haven’t had an opportunity to try any of these out yet, but a friend of ours claims they are “not bad.” Cook says it uses the same ingredients and techniques you would at home. All you need to do is heat them in the microwave or oven. They offer vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free meals.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the finest restaurants in Suffolk, the grand Gallery Restaurant in the heart of The Swan offers exquisite British dining all set within superb medieval surroundings there is also the Gallery for less formal dining, breakfast, afternoon tea and lunches. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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