Eat, Drink, Stay…

Here’s another selection of great pubs restaurants and places to stay in East Anglia…

Essex Lucca Enoteca (Main image) Open daily, Lucca has the combined elegance of an Italian enoteca with the fun bustle of a trattoria. Handmade Neapolitan-style pizza is quickly baked in our wood-fired oven using fresh local produce and carefully sourced regional Italian ingredients. The menu also offers a tempting selection of antipasti, pasta, salads and daily specials, including weekend wood-fired roasts. Although Neapolitan in spirit, Lucca Enoteca shares its name with the charming Tuscan commune in central Italy. Owners Sherri Singleton and David McKay (who previously ran the Stour Bay Cafe on the same site until 1997) wanted to recreate an authentic wood-fire destination in the UK, so Sherri spent time in the kitchen with the ‘Maestro of Pizza’, Enzo Coccia at his famous La Notizia pizzeria in Naples. Often cited as serving the best pizza in Italy, Enzo passed on many tips and recipes that you’ll find used at this fabulous Italian restaurant. High Street, Manningtree 01206 390044 www.luccafoods.co.uk

Suffolk The Veggie Red Lion This charming inn is East Anglia’s first and only exclusively vegetarian pub. Created by passionate proprietor, Jan Wise, the Red Lion has become a destination for all vegetarians and vegans county wide. With a wide choice of homemade dishes using fresh and locally produced ingredients, Jan has achieved her dream of providing top quality and varied meat free cuisine. Try the African sweet potato stew or the Green lentil & vegetable shepherds pie. There’s even a choice of five frozen main course meals to take away. Great Bricett, nr Bildeston 01473 657799 www.theveggieredlion.co.uk

Cambs Côte The inspiration here comes from a modern interpretation of the many famous bistros that populate the city of Paris, where there has been a resurgence of interest in simple bistro cooking. The menu offers classic dishes such as steak frites, moules marinières, and corn fed chicken from the heart of rural Brittany, alongside lighter dishes such as Tuna Niciose and Risotto Vert. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is simple, freshly prepared French food at value for money prices. Bridge Street, Cambridge 01223 311053 www.cote-restaurants.co.uk

Norfolk The Hare & Barrel Hotel Divided into two restaurants to create a more intimate feel, this delightful fine dining restaurant also has a comfortable lounge area for pre-dinner drinks. Opened in 1996 by Matthew and Lisa Carroll and is still run by them today. This hands-on approach makes for an excellent menu and food of a high standard, cooked from scratch by chef Matthew, including their own bread, sweets and even the petit fours served with your coffee. Look out for themed nights once a month. Station Road, March PE15 8SQ www.hare-and-barrel-hotel-norfolk.co.uk

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Norfolk River Green Cafe A unique restaurant and cafe in the lovely village of Trowse, close to Norwich, featuring the best vegetarian and vegan food in an informal atmosphere. During the daytime River Green is a relaxed cafe serving food and drinks (enjoy a drink on the patio overlooking Trowse village green), whilst in the evening and Sunday daytime you can enjoy a fine dining menu developed by award winning vegetarian chef Jan Wise. Trowse, Norwich 01603 622448 www.rivergreencafe.co.uk

Suffolk Turquoise (right) Set in the heart of Ipswich’s restaurant district, Turquoise offers wonderful modern Turkish food in a relaxed atmosphere. There are two dining rooms, the ground floor or upstairs, and a paved garden for al fresco dining in the warmer months. There’s an extensive menu with a selection of meze, light bites, and main courses – including a fabulous Turkish lamb stew. Try the meze for two for £15.50. St Nicholas Street, Ipswich 01473 281131 www.turquoiseipswich.co.uk

Cambs The Missing Sock This is four great places in one. The dining room is an interactive restaurant, offering healthy, original food and drink with options for self-cooking; the bar is a fun, innovative space offering a great selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails; the lounge is relaxed, where you can choose from a good range of quality coffees and teas, drink some wine, nibble a snack; while the snug is a place to read a book and sit and chat. Finders Corner, Newmarket Road, Stow-cum-Quy 01223 812660 www.themissingsock.co.uk

 

 

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