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
  • Outdoor Seating
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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 Friday, 13 March 2020

The food was really good and the portion were satisfying.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The food was excellent. Service unfortunately was really poor. Dirty plates were not taken away and I had to approach the front of house manager for desert. I advised him that the service has been poor on our side of the restaurant and he apologised. I also complimented Olivia who had worked on the other side of the restaurant really well. Sadly she was not on our side. The manager came over to ask how our deserts were and I said “food is lovely, it’s just the service.” To which he said “I have already apologised for that” he was very rude. Very disappointing as the food was so good. Our three course meal took over three hours!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 March 2020

A very reviving atmosphere. Good value

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Visited On Monday, 16 March 2020

More options for vegans

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

food was lovely and staff attentive

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Service was quite slow and when we asked if we could swap a coffee instead of dessert which was included in our spa stay we were told no so ordered the cheese and crackers to take back to our room as we were quite full hence asking for the coffee and all we had were two bits of very dried out cheese and some crackers which were like cardboard and there was no variety of crackers I would certainly not have paid what they were asking if it was not in the deal. The cheese board went in the bin.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Choice and Quality of the food and drink was superb. And the service was just brilliant at dinner and in fact throughout the whole of our stay. Great weekend with great friends was perfect.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

There was not a diverse menu, menu was quite boring and limited. The service was poor as the food took a long time to come out and the long wait between courses really affected my appetite. This was frustrating as it was not very busy. I also found the restaurant cold in the evening which meant I did not feel like I particularly wanted to stay long. I would say for the standard of food it is overpriced.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

The service was not good at all. Very slow and not once did we get asked if everything was ok. We always had to call a waiter/waitress over to order. Very expensive for what was provided. Tables too close to each other. Upon arrival reception was cluttered with luggage not a very nice welcome why not build a cupboard to store them in? Whole place felt very clinical and not luxurious and comfortable. Would not recommend as felt very overrated and overpriced.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Was a confusion with if I had payed when I had booked lunch and evening meal.why have supplements why not just do a package that covers all food on the menu

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

Lovely restaurant, amazing food! Couldn’t fault it!

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

The food was excellent

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Beautiful food and wonderful service. My only criticism is that the main course, the chateaubriand sides were HUGE! We eat a lot but the veg was enormous and we wasted so much of it that I felt terrible! Half or even a third of the portion would have been much better. Also I was unlucky enough to have an added extra of a big piece of parchment attached to my potato dauphinois. I did mention this and the waitress/host was amazing. However had I been more picky this would have really put me off my dinner. Overall it was amazing as usual. Shame the spa let u down this time ☹️

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

We visited the spa for our anniversary and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed in the Mulberry Quarter and we had an amazing view of one of the ponds. Loved the spa and the gardens. Everything was superb! Definitely visit again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Pork dish was tasty and meat very tender but greatly over salted. Music on an endless (short) loop became dreary and irritating. Staff delightful.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Excellent food, very well presented and very friendly helpful staff. The menu is very interesting and varied but I think it could be improved by having a similar quantity of fish dishes to the meat dishes as well as vegetarian options. I was slightly disappointed that the inclusive meal has been reduced from three to two courses and would prefer to pay a slightly higher package price and not have to grapple with what menu items are additionally charged. I also felt that the dessert prices were extremely high. However, overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Great experience. Our waitress was awful! I don’t mind a dry sense of humour but hers was terrible. She was sarcastic and plain rude. She even went and interrupted other diners to prove a point. Never see anything like it before!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

The food was delicious, very well prepared.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

The food in the evening is outstanding.well done chef!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Second night here and lived up to the first which was perfect all round special thanks to the lovely Georgina who clearly loves her job . Will return soon

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Superb food. Service very slow. Waited 35/40 mins for starter and then long waits between courses

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

The service is amazing and friendly and the cocktails are very nice! The food is good but I feel vegetarians are a bit of an afterthought.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 March 2020

From the bar, The front desk and onwards all the staff throughout the evening were friendly, polite and well informed. In addition the food and the prompt but not intrusive service was fantastic really great evening .

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Presently surprised! I had afternoon tea here a few years ago and wasn’t impressed but wow you’ve stepped up your game and overhauled the afternoon tea. It looked as delicious as it tasted. I’d definitely have it again. I can’t wait to come back and try your evening meal!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Thank you, lovely break

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