Although we didn’t know it when we visited, “The Angel Hotel”:https://theangellavenham.co.uk/ in Lavenham was once owned by bad boy Marco Pierre White who, on taking it over in 2011, upset locals by pulling the plug on a number of popular draught drinks including lager and cider. Two years later, he hit the headlines again when he changed the colour of the 15th century building from cream to pink, and not the traditional Suffolk pink, with the disgruntled locals calling it ‘blancmange pink’. Needless to say, MPW didn’t last long.
Having just arrived in Lavenham for a two-night stay, we wanted a light lunch and, after the helpful lady at the “Village Information Point”:https://www.lovelavenham.co.uk/listing/lavenham-village-information-point/ had outlined the options, we wandered into The Angel. At just after noon, we were among the first customers of the day.
The beautiful building, now restored to cream, overlooks the market square. Whilst there was a central bar with seating to one side, we chose the area with tables set for lunch on the left. There was a simple lunchtime “menu”:https://theangellavenham.co.uk/restaurant/ with pub classics including burgers, fish and chips and pizza but, as we were eating out in the evening, we were pleased to see sandwiches offered as well (all priced at £9).
I opted for roasted Mediterranean vegetables in toasted granary, whilst Roy went for pulled pork. Both came with a small dressed salad, and a choice of either soup or chips, and we both went for the latter. We shared the sandwiches, which were cut in half, and enjoyed both and fortunately the portion of chips wasn’t too huge.
A helpful young girl provided table service and ensured we were kept topped up with water and cider.
This was a lovely place and if we return to Lavenham, it’s somewhere we’d like to try in the evening for dinner, or perhaps even say in one of their eight rooms.