Lavenham: New look for outside dining at The Great House restaurant

THE Great House restaurant with rooms at Lavenham has unveiled a makeover of its courtyard area, adding a new dimension to its outside dining offer in time for summer.

The new look, intended to blend with the surrounding medieval walls of the Great House and the neighbouring timber-framed Little Hall, has been developed by Janey Auchincloss, who has won many awards for her garden and landscape designs, including silver at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It features a mix of opaque glass and stainless steel to create a dining area protected from any wind and a retractable canopy and heating should the weather take a serious turn for the worse.

Janey Auchincloss who lives nearby, said: “It has been a rewarding challenge to create this alfresco dining area and I hope one that will add value to the whole Great House experience.

“To link the interior to this new dining area I have taken inspiration from the iconic Cole and Sons ‘Woods’ wallpaper used in the entrance to The Great House, and had the design sandblasted on to the glass panels enclosing the courtyard.”

Regis Crepy, who with wife Martine has owned The Great House for 28 years, said: “Many of our customers enjoy having the opportunity to eat out doors and we are delighted that Janey’s design has created both a stylish dining area for them as well as one of comfort and we look forward to using it for many months of the year.”