The Angel Hotel, Lavenham - pub details
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30334) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
- Food served, Real ale
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|This is no longer a pub. As a restaurant, the food portions were tiny, the quality dreadful, and service painfully slow. I shall not be visiting again unless there is a change of management.|
Quercus2 - 7 Apr 2012 17:18
|They really, really don't want to be a pub anymore. Ran out of beer the other night. Seriously, all they had left was some cider. |
The interior has taken on something of gloomy unwelcoming atmosphere. The seats outside the pub are there one day and not the next, then back again. Prices drift upwards. The staff don't seem to have a clear idea about what they're doing - under orders from head office and nervous about the occasional visit from Marco.
Shame a young energetic couple didn't buy this and run it properly in the tradition which Roy and Anne established. As it is it has lost it's way as a pub without establishing itself as anything other than a cynical outpost of a 'high end' food chain.
Stallywag - 4 Oct 2011 09:35
|Well, they’ve invested a bit of money which the building badly needed. But they’re also doing their level best to turn it from an inn with good food into a restaurant plain and simple. Although they still serve drinkers, prices have shot up and lager and Adnams are no longer on the menu. |
The pictures all over the walls look interesting - originals by JAK and David Hughes - even though on closer inspection most feature Marco himself (you even get a photo of him to take home at the end of your meal). And the hide tableclothes may or may not be Marco's old leather trousers from the eighties. But a quick look at the websites of his other pubs suggest he must have bought the decor by the pallet load - everywhere the same.
Some of the old staff I gather are becoming quite demoralised. The new staff are friendly & eager, if a tad nervous and awkward. I sense a disparity between how they’re being instructed by head office and what they’re finding is the reality of Lavenham.
For what it’s worth the Timothy Taylor Landlord was fine and the potted shrimp absolutely delicious. But there is a feeling here of a concept being forced onto something that it doesn’t quite fit.
Stallywag - 13 Aug 2011 16:24
|I visited this Pub this afternoon with my wife. We have been going there for lunch every couple of months for the last few years and have always enjoyed a delicious fresh thick gammon sandwich. Today was different. The menu has changed, presumably under the influence of Mr White, and I was looked at like an alien when I asked for a sandwich. Instead I was directed to the bar menu, which on the face of it looked ok if not a little eclectic. I chose Hock of Gammon on toast, with a mustard dressing and my wife chose the "Classic British Cheese Board".|
For both these dishes we were to be charged £11. Imagine my disappointment when my lunch turned up and it looked like a heinz toast topper on two small slices of cold toasted baguette. For my wife, three thin slices of cheese and three small crackers. No grapes or apple, normal inclusions in a "classic Cheese Board" AND you don't get a plate. Your food is arranged artfully on a piece of driftwood. I know this is meant to be trendy but quite frankly for a fiver, a plate is a simple pleasure I would prefer to have. The staff were friendly enough and the beer was ok if not outstanding. My advice? Don't visit this place unless you have money to waste and are not very hungry!
Bluesman678 - 31 May 2011 16:55
|From The Morning Advertiser:|
"The Maypole Group, the under fire operator of five rural inns, is in discussions about appointing an administrator — after its bank called in its loans.
The company, which yesterday suspended it shares from trading, revealed last night that Clydesdale bank had demanded the immediate repayment of its loans.
It said: “Maypole Group announces that discussions regarding a possible re-branding initiative referred to in the company's interim results announcement have failed to reach a conclusion and that Clydesdale Bank, bankers to the company and its subsidiaries has today demanded repayment of its loans to the group.”
The Maypole group was born in November 2003. It operates the Lifeboat and Old Coach House, Thornham, Norfolk; the Angel Hotel, Lavenham, Suffolk; Wayford Bridge Inn, Stalham, Norfolk; the Pear Tree Inn, Whitley, Wiltshire; and the Bridge Inn, Norwich.
It underwent a refinancing exercise last year with the Clydesdale."
Rumour is that the favourites to buy up the chain are the Marco Pierre White group.
If so, could be bad news for the regulars who gather to drink here if it follows the model of one of his other 'pubs':
"In January 2009 it was reported that White was to charge £5 for a pint of real ale at the venue, making the Yew Tree "one of the most expensive places to drink British real ale in the country". White was quoted saying "Most pubs undercharge. You're not just paying for beer, you're paying for the place you drink it in and the people who serve it." (from Wikipedia).
Make the most of The Angel while you can still afford to step inside.
Stallywag - 29 Dec 2010 09:29
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