Fine Dining Restaurants for Special Occasions

If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion with the finest food and an exquisite experience, whether that may be for a birthday, a romantic anniversary or a family get-together, then take a look at our guide for the best fine dining restaurants across East Anglia.

Fine dining restaurants in Suffolk

The Lighthouse

77 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AU


The Lighthouse is a friendly, relaxed and welcoming fine dining restaurant with mouth-watering dishes and exceptional service. You will find a regular monthly updated ‘a la carte’ menu with a range of delicious food from sirloin steaks, local seafood dishes and vegetarian and vegan options. It is the perfect dining experience to celebrate a birthday or have a family get-together. 


26-28 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JU

Takayama is a stylish restaurant specialising in a range of delicious Korean and Japanese cuisine. It offers a range of delicious sushi, meat, noodle and rice dishes so there is something for everyone. An ideal location to celebrate a romantic anniversary meal. 

The best fine dining restaurants in Essex 

Le Talbooth

Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HP

Le Talbooth is a riverside restaurant offering a picturesque setting and beautifully presented dishes. With Constable Country as your backdrop, tuck into the likes of citrus cured hand dived scallops with dill gremolata, keta caviar and pickled ginger, Thetford Forest venison carpaccio or fillet of dry aged Dedham Vale beef Rossini, rosti potato, spinach and Madeira jus – simply divine! The restaurant also offers private dining options. 


High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UG

GreyFriars is a beautiful Michelin recommended luxury hotel with a restaurant serving Table d’hôte & À la carte menus in the Cloisters restaurant, located in the early 20th century part of the building. Guests have a choice of dining locations with comfortable lounges, the Baroque Bar, a terrace and The Rose Room  – the setting for afternoon tea!  

The best restaurants for special occasions in Norfolk

The Mulberry Tree

Station Road, Attleborough, NR17 2AS

The Mulberry Tree offers an intimate and welcoming atmosphere and high quality Mediterranean and English style dishes using the finest locally sourced produce, available according to season. Service is unobtrusive and there’s an impressive cocktail list too! 

Pamela’s Restaurant

Wellington Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JJ

Vibrant and creative dishes are the appeal at Pamela’s Restaurant, with colourful, bold and delicious desserts being a highly anticipated dish. It is an all-in-one restaurant, bar and champagne lounge with fabulous cocktails and modern British cuisine. The menu is creative and constantly evolving; perfect for a very special occasion. 

The best restaurants in Cambridgeshire

Restaurant Twenty Two

22 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX

Restaurant Twenty Two is a fine dining restaurant located in an elegant Victorian-style building which backs onto the River Cam. Fresh is key here, and chef patron Sam Carter uses the best of local and seasonal produce to create a frequently changing menu. Diners can choose from a la carte or a taster menu.

Prevost Restaurant

20 Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1JA

Prevost is fine dining yet affordable restaurant with three, five and nine-course tasting menus set in 16th-century mews. All three menus start with a selection of snacks and vegetarian options are also available. It has been recommended in the Michelin Guide and The Good Food Guide 2019. 

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Good restaurants in Hertfordshire

Crockers Tring

74 High Street, Tring, HP23 4AF

Crockers is a relaxed and communal style fine dining experience, with exceptional high quality and beautifully presented food. It is a great setting to celebrate a birthday or a romantic anniversary, and is packed with love, passion and care that the Chef’s put into their high-quality food, presentation and service. 

 Prime Steak & Grill

83-85 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1LN

One for meat lovers! Prime Steak and Grill is your upmarket steak restaurant based in St Albans. It offers the full steakhouse experience, with a wonderful fine dining environment and warm stylish decor. The menu offers a range of steaks that are all sourced from the Queens Butcher and a choice of meat, seafood and vegetarian main dishes. Wash it down with a cocktail, fine wine or premium gin. 

Good restaurants in Bedfordshire

Eileen’s By Steve Barringer

86A Dunstable Street, Ampthill, MK45 2JP

Eileen’s celebrates local produce in a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere, offering delicious and well-presented creative dishes from local lad and head chef Steve Barringer, (runner-up on the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals 2011). The restaurant offers tasting menus of either five or seven dishes with wine pairings, and a range of meat and seafood dishes and dessert. It is an ideal restaurant to celebrate a big birthday

Luton Hoo Hotel

The Mansion House, Luton, LU1 3TQ

Luton Hoo Hotel is located in a beautiful 18th century mansion house with a 2 AA Rosette restaurant which offers the fine British cuisine and seasonal local produce. It is the perfect location for a special occasion. Celebrate your wedding anniversary with a delicious afternoon tea in Luton Hoo’s beautiful lounges or book a table for a family event. It is also the perfect venue for a wedding with its beautiful grand, romantic setting and backdrop. It’s packed with royal history, marble interiors and beautiful period rooms. 


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