The Oaksmere

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4.3
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187 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Set in seventeen acres of beautiful grounds on the picturesque border between Suffolk and Norfolk, The Oaksmere is coming to life again.
What 187 People Are Saying
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RH
Leicestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful old house, renovated with fine contemporary features.
Service is lovely, and the food is excellent.
I’ve visited several times, and stayed at Oaksmere too, and always enjoy it.

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in lovely surroundings and great, friendly service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, excellent food, fantastic family venue (there's a pirate ship) and exquisite wine list.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Particularly attentive. Lovely food. Really good to see the open kitchen.

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SN
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice setting for a special celebration meal. The staff were relaxed, friendly and the right level of attentive. The food was excellent and we had a very nice evening.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loverly setting in beautiful grounds with a well laid out restaurant with attentive staff.

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ET
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I took my parents here for a joint birthday lunch. We went on a Sunday and we all choose the roast beef, which was succulent and delicious. Overall the flavours were good and the service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

However, the cauliflower cheese was sitting in a puddle of water where it had (I assume) been reheated - a shame because the whute sauce was tasty. The roast potatoes were dry and hard to cut - again kept warm perhaps? The carrots were a little under done. Delicious gravy though. And I was delighted to see extra gravy provided in a jug.

With some small tweaks to the food, Oaksmere has the makings of an excellent restaurant.

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DP
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Difficult to rate The Oaksmere as one of the meals was good but one was poor. The dining room was lovely with a great atmosphere and staff were attentive. Both scallop starters were very tasty and the roast beef was good. Unfortunately, the lemon sole was very poor and Baked Alaska very disappointing. To their credit, they did not charge for these two dishes and were apologetic. I definitely think we would give The Oaksmere another chance although we just came away disappointed.

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DN
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Oaksmere the food is always oustanding and the service second to none.

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CG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We visited this hotel for a Sunday lunch, having been married there in 2007. The hotel has had a facelift since then and we were impressed with the new restaurant.
The service was excellent, all staff were friendly and attentive. The food was very good though I was disappointed that the Sunday roast did not include chicken as an option. In the end I went for pan-fried salmon which was very nice, my wife had lamb. We found the desserts less impressive and they did not live up to their enticing descriptions!
My one criticism was that I was not offered the roast chicken, since a 'regular' customer who came in after us requested it and the waiter duly obliged.

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KG
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite being local we have never eaten in the restaurant before and we were very impressed. The food was delicious and the staff excellent. The atmosphere was buzzing and we'll definitely be back. Thank you!

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AS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent meal with very attentive service. The pastry chef was brilliant and the baked Alaska was the best ever.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was really good but I marked the service down because my sirloin was cooked rare when I asked for medium and it could have been rectified if someone had come over to do a quality check and ask us if our meal was okay.
The meal was lovely and we did appreciate the sentiment from the kitchen/waiter after. We will definitely be returning!!

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AC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and nice place to have lunch in a relaxed atmosphere

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JD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch on Tuesday
It was a horrible wet day. But the ambience of Oaksmere was welcoming and Friendly
The meal was delicious. Keep it up
Thanks

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KM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Sunday dinner I have had in a very long time . Cooked to perfection and attentive staff . Will most definitely be going back there soon

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JB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As my husband has a number of dietary issues I rang the hotel and requested a menu for the evening we were visiting. This was sent through immediately and we selected suitable dishes and forwarded via email with requests for certain ingredients to be omitted.
We enjoyed a lovely evening in great surroundings with great food, with everything just as we requested.
Fully recommended.

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DR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 2nd time we have had a business lunch here and once again it was impressive.
The venue is stunning, food amazing and staff helpful and engaging. I will look forward to my next visit and plan to take my family as well as using the venue for business lunches.

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RH
Leicestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old house, delightfully and tastefully modernised in spreading grounds, with interesting topiary.
The staff were all fantastic, very charming and helpful
The food was excellent. The Market Menu is very good value.
My friends and I very much enjoyed our visit, no will definitely come back.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant, good food and service.

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PK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I simply cannot fault The Oaksmere, we've been a few times now but this was the first time we'd had the Sunday roast, absolutely scrummy and at £20/head for two courses, excellent value. Helpful courteous staff and a lovely ambiance, what better way to pass a Sunday lunchtime.

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MH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was ok, but lacked that wow, that one is looking for when paying these prices. Similarly the service was a bit laid back, slow and unprofessional for such a lovely venue.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most wonderful lunch for 13 of us to celebrate a family birthday on Sunday. The food was delicious and the service impeccable, all in beautiful surroundings. Would highly recommend!

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RI
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

It’s a lovely place and the service could not be faulted. Sadly the food was a big let down for us. The steak had sat way to long under warming lamps so was served completely dried out. The starters were great. This was our experience on the night.

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for a meal with my boyfriend in the restaurant for an evening meal, the service was absolutely fantastic, all the staff were friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a nice place to eat to celebrate a speacial occasion.

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JB
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and very attentive service, a very enjoyable experience

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NG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service and superb food. A gem on the Suffolk / Norfolk border.

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IH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, it was lunchtime and only about 10 customers so had undivided attention of staff. Probably a lot different that evening as they had over a 100 bookings !

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JM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely place but disappointed as main meal and service did'nt match the ambiance of the restaurant. A bit of obscene language and shouting coming from the kitchen did'nt help either.

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VB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Chose the Oaksmere for my husbands birthday lunch.. though the food was quite good we found the service slightly lacking. The cutlery was not very clean and the floor had crumbs on it.
One of the specials was off the menu , we were informed of this when we were shown to our table.
My husband ordered the Blythburg pork only to be told there was none!
We will not be returning

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JG
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble, we stayed for the roast on the Sunday before we left and I can honestly say it was in the of the nicest roast dinners I’ve ever had!!!!!!

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UH
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Oaksmere dining space has a modern, boutique, European feel to it.
The service has got much better since the new management team took over
The new chef has made a huge difference to consistently producing very good food.
All the meat is local, well hung and you can see the beef hanging.
A great place for a casual or a special meal out

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing evening!

Cocktail bar OK, bar tender kept changing the music, very annoying!!!
Attention to detail very lacking!
Very expensive for what we had!
Quality of food poor!

Won't be going back

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LE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Only visited for lunch..Food was good and service reasonable.

But why all the high seats and tables. Fine for perching but not as relaxing as a table.
Would have eaten in the restuarant but it was empty and had no atmosphere.

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DL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional setting and decor with the food to match.

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L
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service, staff couldn’t of been more helpful and nice, food was just fantastic and so much to choose from

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MB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, Great service, very enjoyable business lunch.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Slow service but good meal

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PM
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wedding anniversary

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a superb Sunday lunch, food absolutely fantastic. Only negative, and it was a big one, was the pre lunch drinks in the bar. The barman was rude and did not know how to serve drinks! A G&t with the whole tonic poured by him without asking, orange wedges added without asking and a sparkling water served in a hot glass!

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