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The Restaurant at Lifehouse

Frinton Rd, Thorpe-le-Soken, Clacton-on-Sea , United Kingdom, CO16 0JD
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Opening Information

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 Monday, 22 October 2018

We found the afternoon tea very bland and they forgot a selection sandwiches which were not very nice either. We had to ask 3 times just to get some tap water.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunday roast is a bit poor and didn’t taste fresh

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Very expensive for what it was! Very good food though, however we were asked 3 times by 3 different waters if our food was okay in the space of 5 minutes.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Lovely afternoon tea

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

The young guy who serviced me was so helpful very polite and alway asking if everything was ok

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

Excellent

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Good food, very friendly helpful staff

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Lovwly atmosphere. Delicious food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Great service with a smile.😊 Food was very delicious and covered every requirement, although my partner would have enjoyed a 'comfort food' autumn crumble on the evening desert menu.! Also he expected some bread with his very tasty soup but on request the bread was promptly delivered.😊 Just a suggestion: it may be helpful to have some larger print menus available as we struggled to see the small print. A great dining experience with a good variety of breakfast items. Thank you for making our stay enjoyable

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

I think the way the tables are set out and the lighting is the only thing that doesn’t give this a 5 star overall. We were too close to people behind and in front. The table is laid out weirdly and it just doesn’t create the most comfortable experience. We sat quite near the back near the curtain. The food is wonderful and the service was impeccable.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Would be better to include meals with hotel booking

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Visited On Monday, 15 October 2018

Hello, I’m a regular user of Lifehouse. I must say that during the last 2 visits I have seen a marked improvement in the time wait for food. I have previously had terrible experience of waiting over 45 mins for food. The waitresses/waiters are always very good, never had bad service from that point of view...just slow in the kitchen. Anyway, food was delicious but maybe slightly expensive for what it is. Also, on this visit the bread basket didn’t arrive until midway through our mains. Overall a 4 star experience.

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Visited On Monday, 15 October 2018

Food tasted excellent, however I feel it is way too pricey

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

The restaurant is lovely, we’ve been quite a few times now and the food was the best so far. The meal was just lovely and the staff so lovely and attentive.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Lovely stay, will come again.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Quality of the food is excellent and consistently so on each visit I have had to the Lifehouse Spa

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Lovely staff who are always attentive and extremely proffesional. Service and food are excellent. The chateaubriand was exceptional.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

As said about the previous night's meal..food was great customer service excellent

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

3rd visit and overall pretty disappointing. Wine pre-ordered arrived after 15 mins and after having to ask twice. Ordered to be told sweet potato fries run out. Offered herb chips by waitress which arrived plain (no herbs) and over salted so returned. Starters were good but main course spring lamb mix included two tiny pieces of liver totally overcooked and akin to eating shoe leather. Dish sent back and whilst offered any dish on menu Fish Stew took so long to arrive that wife had finished some 10 minutes earlier. Dish was quite nice albeit prawns overcooked and overall a very small portion. Desserts were fine. Regarding setting bench seat chosen when touched was covered in crumbs etc on surface of material and even more had collected at rear if cushion. Clearly not cleaned for some time. The food on offer is a big part of our visits to the Spa and previously been excellent. Would mention waitresses handled our complaints well and small discount given by reception when settling bill was appreciated.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

We were extremely impressed with all the young staff.efficient,friendly and professional. We would like particularly to praise Amy. Both nights she made us feel special. All the staff are a credit to the hotel. The good..service ..atmosphere was exceptional Thank you Paul and Kim Gray

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

I think you were definately a "find" as far as I am concerned and I hope to come again.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Great service from happy friendly staff. Food and wine choice excellent. Overall a positive experience at the Lifehouse Restaurant.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

This was my first visit and definately won’t be my last. The staff were very polite and friendly. Great food and Service.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Amazing place to be pampered and have a good time too, for any occasion.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

We enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon tea on Friday afternoon. The sun was out and we sat on the terrace, catching the rays as we enjoyed the sandwiches, fresh scones and selection of cakes. Such a treat! Quick and charming service, we can't wait to return!

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