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The Restaurant at Lifehouse

Frinton Rd, Thorpe-le-Soken, Clacton-on-Sea , United Kingdom, CO16 0JD
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BREAKFAST
Monday-Friday 7am - 10:30am
Weekends 7:30am - 10:30am

LUNCH
12:15pm-2:00pm
Sundays 12:15pm - 2:00pm

AFTERNOON TEA
Every day 2pm - 5pm

DINNER*
Sunday - Thursday 6pm - 9pm
Friday - Saturday 6pm - 9:30pm
*Please note, limited or no availability on Fridays and Saturdays. Pre booking essential

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
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About The Restaurant at Lifehouse

The Restaurant at Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is a light, airy and relaxed space with fantastic views out over the beautiful historic Listed Thorpe Hall Gardens in Essex. Overseen by Executive Chef Ugo Simonelli, the Restaurant is open daily, serving breakfast (hotel/spa guests only), lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, for both the hotel's guests and the local community. The fresh, vibrant Mediterranean-inspired dishes are all freshly prepared using seasonal local produce where possible. The relaxed and contemporary bar is also open to locals, who are welcomed to pop in for a coffee, cocktail or an Afternoon Tea treat whenever they fancy. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, reflecting the tranquil ambience that flows throughout the rest of the resort.

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

We love it at lifehouse spa food is always lovely and the staff are very polite and helpfull

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Stayed the night had treatments cant wait to go again . Staff was very frendly and the gardens were amazing one place thats a must stay

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Food was average to be honest (sorry) and while the staff were lovely, service was very slow even during the quieter periods. Breakfast buffet was stone cold.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Had a lovely meal and staff extremely friendly, hardworking and a credit to the restaurant.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Delicious food, outstanding selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and amazing service. Great value too! I will be back soon!

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Food was lovely but I am pretty sure I was given a gluten scone as I was quite ill afterwards and the cakes were mixed up so I think more awareness and training on cross contamination would be a good idea. I am coeliac so not trying to be fussy or difficult it’s just it does make me quite ill and I did check and state my needs.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

A great stay, everything was above expectations

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

The spa facilities are absolutely wonderful! Clean, calm, and inviting. We had a lovely room overlooking the courtyard. Very much enjoyed our bathrobes and slippers! The hidden sanctuary experience was incredible - we left feeling incredibly relaxed with absolutely glowing skin! The restaurant was lovely with delicious food and lovely staff. Many thanks to the following staff who made our stay extra special: Richard who picked us up from the station Alba and Sarah who were the hidden sanctuary therapists Olivia who was a particularly friendly and helpful waitress We will definitely be returning, worth every penny!

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Having already paid for the meal to be included and told I would into have to pay for drinks I ended up paying an extra £17 for supplement charges, this was only mentioned when entering the resturant but should be advertised more widely on your third party websites

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Service was brilliant, friendly and welcoming. Afternoon tea was lovely, only criticism was that the bread for the sandwiches was a little dry as if it had been left out. Option for a different type of tea would have been nice but all in all was good.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Our waiting staff were excellent and were attentive and catered for all our wishes.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Jean as always greeted us with a warm welcome and remembered us from last time. She knew exactly what we was booked in for. All the restaurant staff were very helpful and very friendly. The food was exceptional as it was the last time we came. The chicken Marsala is the best please keep it on the menu!

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Food was amazing. Lovely surprise with the anniversary Desert

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Lovely meal, fantastic waiting staff. Just one small negative, it's very noisy when full, maybe some investment in sound proofing acoustic panels could help reduce noise.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

We had a lovely day yesterday at the Lifehouse Spa. We booked the stone massage and afternoon tea day spa package which overall was fantastic. However, the afternoon tea was a little disappointing. The scones were very hard and tasted oniony, and the sweet treats were a little stale. We did see some bar food being served which looked amazing, so next time we will choose that over afternoon tea. However, we were starving so ate what we could. Overall though this did not spoil our stay. I would recommend

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 April 2019

Only negative was the 45 minute wait between sitting down for lunch and getting served the food, as no explanation was offered why there was a delay until we asked.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Dinner was lovely, good service.

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Visited On Friday, 05 April 2019

Having returned to take my mother out for a belated Mother’s Day treat, I am afraid to say I was left feeling whole heartedly underwhelmed! To start with the positives, the grounds and building are well maintained, imposing and generally peaceful. Having never visited before, signage around the site leaves a lot to be desired! Having made our way to the main building, signage to the restaurant is ambiguous at best, but, first visit so it is what it is. Service was swift and polite so the positive spin is back on, comfy seating and clean decor, coupled with a fairly quiet clientele made for a pleasant environment! Coffee was swift and followed shortly by Afternoon Tea, which was adequate at best! The bread on the sandwiches had clearly been left out for some time and had started to crust and harden, the fillings were OK, but pretty bland and lacklustre! The scones were absolutely spot on with quality jam and cream which partially redeemed the meal, right up until the cakes which could only be described as childlike! Sorry to say I was disappointed with the whole experience. The basics of fresh sandwiches are exactly that, basics! Alas I will not be returning based on this performance

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

We sat in the central aisle which was very dark even to an extent that is was very difficult to fully read the menu.

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Visited On Friday, 05 April 2019

The afternoon tea was out very fast after our booked time and very fresh food. The cakes were lovely.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Everything was wonderful except for the fact that if you get seated by the windows and doors it’s very cold and draughty which ruins the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

We had a lovely stay. We got a very good deal so was excellent value for money. My only criticisms would be the rooms were too hot and we had no way to control the temperature. Being on the ground floor we only had a door to open rather than a window, so could not sleep with it open. The food at dinner whilst delicious, was not very hot by the time it got to us.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

There was a lovely Udo salad available which was Vegan and Gluten free but I think it lacked something like Tofu, or walnuts. The service was lovely but sometimes it was difficult getting someone's attention if you needed something.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

The service and the staff were very good

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Visited On Thursday, 28 March 2019

Excellent food well presented and served in a lovely atmosphere very impressed! Will recommend and return

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