Monday-Friday 7am - 10:30am
Weekends 7:30am - 10:30am
Sundays 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Every day 2pm - 5pm
Sunday - Thursday 6pm - 9pm
Friday - Saturday 6pm - 9:30pm
*Please note, limited or no availability on Fridays and Saturdays. Pre booking essential
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
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.
The menu has definitely improved over the past 6 months
Food great Wonderful staff. All very friendly especially Alex
Staff were very friendly & efficient
Excellent attentive service. I regularly visit it for spa breaks and it is always a pleasure. This time, however, the menu is even better! Highly recommended ! Spécial thank you to very friendly and attentive waiters!
My husband & i booked an overnight stay including a 3 course meal. We’ve been several times before but this time we were really impressed with the mount of choice available. But in particular we were impressed with the quality of our food. It was cooked perfectly (my husband has steak rare so it is not easy to get right). Congratulations to the chef. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner & when it’s part of a an overnight stay, it’s extremely good value for money.
Lovely food and helpful staff - an enjoyable experience thank you!
We love coming to Lifehouse. The food is brilliant, lovely ambiance in the restaurant, the staff are knowledgeable, friendly & professional.
Ecvellent love the atmospheric music staff friendly good choice of food Wonderful Break
All the staff were very welcoming and gave us great service. The food was fab too
Meals far, far too pricey, £10 for a starter? Captive audience unless you wish to drive out of the Spa into the local village. Our starters and main were warm, not hot. Plates were very hot on mains, however the food as not. No point sending it back as we had waited a long time between courses!!
Restaurant temperature was a little cool. Staff very polite and helpful. Unfortunately I had to remind them twice for my side of potatoes. Potato and leek soup bland, however the chocolate fondant with passion fruit core was amazing
Really lovely day at Lifehouse. Really yummy breakfast- excellent value for money. Afternoon tea was delightful! I could not fault it. Just right amount of food- really tasty, a lovely treat. All staff were friendly and very helpful.
Lovely meal, great service
We loved your restaurant, very comfy, lovely food and our waitress Keely was brilliant, so friendly and helpful. And the best poached egg I have ever had (breakfast)
Keeley was fantastic, great service and very friendly, other staff not so much so. Staff forgot to tell kitchen we had finished our starters so we had to wait a long time for our mains and had to chase where our food was.
great steak and sharing boards!
Olivia in the restaurant was outstanding as our waitress.
Very friendly professional staff . The food was amazing.
This was a first experience for myself and my husband and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely do it again and highly recommend to friends and family. Thank you.
Absolutely awful service, my husband had to keep going up to the bar to order our drinks as no one was ever available to ask for them, the one time I asked the waitress for some tap water, she forgot completely about it. The steaks come out blue when we asked for medium rare, every time we come to this restaurant we order a steak in hope that it will be cooked right and it never is! Then to top off our experience our waiter smashed a glass all over our table then continued to pass me a glass of prosecco which had a huge part of glass inside. Major disappointment to be honest.
We had dinner at 20:00. Ordered at 20:10 but did not receive our starters until 20:35. ( only a cold veggie mezze board). We received our mains swiftly afterwards. A beef burger for my friend ( which she said was nice) & a vegan burger for me. I found there was very limited options for vegetarians on the menu. It was either vegan food or meat based dishes. To put it frankly the vegan burger tasted like the bottom of my shoe (Inserted in the pictures) Pudding was nice and well presented. We started our dinner @20:00 and finished @22:00. Frankly too long and left us underwhelmed. Breakfast is 7-10:30. We came down @ 9:45. Unfortunately there wasn’t any food left for us. The pastry bowls were empty ( inserted in pictures) and the juices were empty. And the fresh fruit was curled up and dry. (Hardly any left). Plenty of toast and meat based breakfast. Tea/coffee service was slow. I think the staff were busier setting up tables for lunch and wheeling a big trolley through the breakfast area. The trolley gave a very undesirable canteen feel to the breakfast. If you are going to do breakfast until 10:30 breakfast should be fully stocked (maybe with smaller quantities to avoid waste) until 10:30. I’ve paid (quite a lot) for breakfast and don’t expect to be feed leftover scraps.
We are twice in yhecrestaurant as part of an all inclusive package and thoroughly enjoyed both meals.
Amazing staff! They were so happy an had 10/10 customer care.
Sandwiches very good. Lovely bread. Scone a little dry. Cakes uninspiring and very creamy.
There werequite A few flies on the post next to us. Also there was no note to say the chateaubriand was for two people