We’ve put together a list of the many restaurants in and around Constable Country that are recommended by the Michelin Guide. There is a huge variety of cuisines and settings for you to enjoy on your holiday, or during a special evening of culinary delights in the area
The Sun Inn - This 15th century inn has a beautiful wooden bar stocked with real ales, craft beer, stout and cider and eclectic wine; mulled wine at Christmas, cocktails whatever the hour, Elderflower or Gooseberry presse and spicy ginger beer. Recommended by Michelin for its homemade sausage rolls, hearty, rustic Italian dishes, and large selection of tasty antipasti.
High St Dedham CO7 6DF 01206 323351
Le Talbooth - The award-winning Le Talbooth at Dedham has been run by the Milsom family since 1952. You’ll find delightful modern British cuisine at this hotel restaurant. Sit out on the lovely terrace, in the attractive riverside setting. Menus are light and modern, and are accompanied by a well-chosen wine list
Gun Hill, Dedham, CO7 6HP 01206 323150
Milsoms - Milsoms’ guests enjoy global cuisine, with their chefs taking influences from all over the world, as well as daily specials that take full advantage of the local, seasonal produce available throughout the year. Guests can dine inside in the two-tiered restaurant or outside on the terrace.
Stratford Rd Dedham CO7 6HW 01206 322795
The Crown Inn - In a great spot overlooking the Box and Stour river valleys, the Crown serves globally influenced menus, featuring the latest produce from local farms and estates. The seafood specials are sourced from the east coast.
Stoke By Nayland, CO6 4SE 01206 262001
Hintlesham Hall - A traditional British menu, made with the best quality ingredients, that appeals to gourmet and health-conscious alike. Many of the dishes encompass fresh herbs from the Hall's famous garden. The award-winning, 350-bin wine list ranges the world from France to Australia, and includes a marvellous selection of half-bottles.
Hintlesham IP8 3NS 01473 652334
The Mistley Thorn - Award-winning dining in tastefully designed surroundings, opposite the River Stour. The appealing menu offers something for everyone, from local mussels and oysters to steak, arancini or seafood stew. With American and Italian influences.
High Street, Mistley, CO11 1HE 01206 392821
The Eaterie - Neptune Quay is a delightful place to visit during an evening in Ipswich. The Eaterie is a modern brasserie in a converted warehouse hotel by the marina. With a zinc-topped bar, gold pillars, modern art and padded leather booths, this brasserie serves tasty dishes with Mediterranean influences. Dine on the terrace overlooking the marina.
Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1AX 01473 226789
Trongs - The extensive menu at Trongs specialises in vibrant dishes from northern China. It combines the dishes that originated from the imperial kitchens or were created from the wealth of produce of north China, with all the culinary creations which have been distilled and imported from the vast repertoire of dishes from the outlying provinces. Michelin recommends the spring rolls!
23 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich IP1 1TW 01473 256833
If you're willing to travel a little further out of Constable Country, these establishments are also well worth trying!
Habourside - With attractive port and North Sea views, the Harbourside specialises in seafood-orientated menus, the ingredients for which are mostly landed in the harbour opposite. Brasserie-style food available for all the family. Sit outside and watch the boats go by in summer.
The Quay Harwich CO12 3HH 01255 241212.
Ha’Penny Pier - Named after the Victorian pier outside, this lively bistro, with a nautical atmosphere, serves a menu with an emphasis on seafood. An informal, relaxed atmosphere and children's menu make it a popular choice for families.
The Quay Harwich CO12 3HH 01255 241212.
By Liz Ewing
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