One of the country's best-known food critics has named a Suffolk restaurant his favourite. 

Jay Rayner has hailed Lark in Bury St Edmunds as his 'restaurant of the year' following a visit during the summer.

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Mr Rayner ate at the Angel Hill restaurant in July just months after its grand opening in February.

The restaurant made its mark on the critic, who has described it as "ambitious, clever, relaxed and hugely enjoyable." 

Lark is based in the former site of The Flower Hut and is run by head chef James Carn, who launched the business as his first solo restaurant. 

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Mr Rayner recalled his visit to Suffolk while reflecting on his 'culinary highs and lows' of the year.

He said: "It was Lark, housed in a one-time bus shelter turned tiny dining room, that really took my breath away. 

"There’s always a place for brilliant, talented chefs showing us exactly what they can do.

"The rabbit and black pudding pie was certainly my favourite dish of 2023 and Lark, my restaurant of the year."

He also praised Suffolk Sur-Mer in Aldeburgh, naming it another of his "greatest experiences".