Tuddenham Mill

“Innovative regional cooking and a waterwheel taking centre stage” - AA Inspector



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From the outside, the weatherboarded 18th-century mill looks solid enough to carry on its grinding career today, but a peek inside the doors reveals a seductive modern boutique hotel. Meticulous renovation means its heritage remains intact – the fast-flowing stream that turned its waterwheel is now a thriving wildlife habitat, while the impressive cast-iron wheel that was once its beating heart is atmospherically lit within glass walls to form a diverting centrepiece to the first-floor restaurant. With its framework of exposed beams, bare black tables, gauzy curtain partitions and bucolic views over the millpond, it's a classy setting for chef-patron Lee Bye’s confident cooking. As a local lad, he’s in touch with his East Anglian roots and has an instinctive feel for combining ingredients from the surrounding region to striking effect, thus a typical opener strikes a balance between no-nonsense gutsiness and contemporary refinement via meltingly tender pig’s cheek matched with Italian coppa, rhubarb and chard. Another clever construction might see barbecued heritage carrots topping the bill, supported by pheasant leg, lovage and seeds. Cleverly constructed main courses owe their success to intricate detail and careful execution – hogget rump and kidney, say, partnered with parsley and pea sauce, penny leaf and golden ale, while fish dishes such as Gigha halibut with potato dauphinoise, sherry cream and black cabbage are equally well handled. Imaginative meat-free ideas should keep vegetarians entertained with the likes of roasted artichoke with carrot, wild honey and coastal herbs. Desserts are executed with memorable dexterity, bringing entertaining plays of flavour and texture in ideas such as croissant pudding with rum-soaked raisins, star anise, and vanilla ice cream, or bitter chocolate marquise counterpointed by flat white ice cream and sugared pistachios; for a savoury finish, there are fine British artisanal cheeses with Garibaldi biscuits and chutney. If you’re just passing by for a pitstop, set lunch menus offer cracking value.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Tuddenham Mill
High Street, Tuddenham St Mary, NEWMARKET, IP28 6SQ
Phone : 01638 713552


  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Steps for wheelchair: 18
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.15
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 33
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 13
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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