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Tucked away on a residential square, this neighbourhood restaurant is warmly and personally run by a husband and wife team, and the unusual name is a n...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere is peaceful and has a simplistic warm feel. However, after ordering our wine and starters the waitress asked us to quickly order mains as she needed the table back at 2000. I then felt a little less relaxed. The food was over priced...for what is was and most disappointing was the pomegranate salad and mushrooms. The salad was basic and tasteless and mushrooms very greasy. My partner, who is a chef and business owner did not want to stay and we paid the £223.00 bill and left. Maybe our expectation was too high, based on a star.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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justin sharp, Owner at Pea Porridge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kerry, Thank you for visiting us and for taking your time to review Pea Porridge. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the feel of the restaurant. We are sad to read that you were disappointed with some of your food (side dishes)...More

Reviewed May 12, 2024

An unfussy casual atmosphere with high quality food and service. Our meal started with some warm oven baked sourdough with pea hummus. Starters of tuna ventresca and muntjac koftes were both delicious. The tuna was thinly sliced and was a generous portion. The koftes were...dense and packed with meat and flavour. Main courses of Iberian pork shoulder with crispy ears and venison loin were perfectly cooked. The sauces and accompaniments helped to elevate the dishes. The good sized portions meant we could only share a dessert (cheese plate). We also enjoyed 2 glasses of wine each. Service was attentive and professional without being overbearing. Very reasonable prices for the quality of the food. The Michelin star is well deserved and we definitely want to return.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 9, 2024

We visited Pea Porridge for an evening meal on Saturday 4th May for a birthday celebration. My partner has a known severe intolerance/allergy to shellfish and so, as most people who suffer with allergies, stated this on the booking form. I was quite surprised to...then be seated, have a drinks order taken, and then the first food we were offered as a special was ‘scallops’… There was no acknowledgement from any of the staff regarding the shellfish allergy stated on the booking so on placing our order, I raised this with the waitress myself, to confirm the food we had ordered did not contain any shellfish/traces of/potential contamination. Without confirming with the chef, or checking any allergen information, she confidently replied ‘No’ and that food preparation was completely segregated. Admittedly, at first I was quite impressed and assumed she obviously knew her stuff having so confidently answered, and perhaps what you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant? By the time we arrived home, my partner began vomiting profusely and feeling increasingly unwell; Exactly the reaction he has had previously when ingesting shellfish. We contacted the restaurant directly to make them aware of this, and to confirm the food we had ordered definitely did not contain any shellfish. Rather strangely, the response we received was actually more of a challenge as to whether my partner had ingested shellfish, and it was implied possibly food poisoning instead. Yes, the symptoms my partner experienced could have been either of those 2 things, although being a medical professional I was not convinced, given the absence of diarrhoea/fever/stomach cramps which are characteristic of food poisoning. I’ve also witnessed my partners response to ingesting shellfish before, and this was an exact replay. Either way, each scenario is unacceptable after paying £150 to dine in a Michelin star restaurant. I was very surprised that the chef suggested my partner arranges a stool sample, rather odd given that Salmonella is a notifiable disease, which would more than likely be traced back to the restaurant if it returned positive. We responded to the initial email detailing our disappointment in the lack of acknowledgement of the allergy and that the response was just more of a discussion doubting the allergy, rather than offering any apology or form of compensation (not that this was the aim of getting in contact). The second response we received was much the same as the first, and despite previously suggesting possible food poisoning, stated that by apologising or offering compensation would be accepting blame in the situation… We’re real foodies so were really excited to dine here. When contacting the team we made sure to compliment the high quality produce, attention to detail and mentioned the waiting staff were incredibly attentive and friendly. All in all a disappointing visit and really do not recommend, particularly for those with food intolerances/allergies. We tried to deal with this with the restaurant directly and privately, but after little understanding and apology, I’m not sure they grasp the impact of such an experience, and hope this review will prevent anyone else experiencing the same. Certainly not the Michelin star experience we had hoped for!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 22, 2024 via mobile

Food was delicious in a very quaint setting and service was also very much up to standard. However they have a rule which says you must have two starters or a main course as a minimum which I understand but I asked if I could...have a starter and dessert which would cost the same as two starters and was refused. A little bit mean spirited in my view. Still, a lovely meal.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 7, 2024 via mobile

As this is the only Michelin Starred Restaurant in Suffolk, we felt we should give it a go. We chose a lunchtime and were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and how busy it was for a Saturday afternoon in February. We were welcomed by the...lady manager who was friendly and attentive throughout. The Restaurant decor including plates etc was not to my taste and felt a bit cafe-ish. You can have a set menu but we chose a-la-carte. There was a lot of dishes that contained things I wouldn't eat...for example the confit duck would have been my choice but it came with giblets in it. Starter was feta/spinach filo wrap....nice. My main was Iberico pork, cooked to perfection but lacking anything great to go with it. Underwhelming. Glad we tried it but won't be rushing back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 16, 2024 via mobile

Wonderful relaxed dining experience! Loved the atmosphere from arriving into a little curtained entrance and receiving a very warm welcome to enjoying the calm unpretentious dining room. It really felt like we were eating in somebody’s house. The front of house lady was exceptional explaining...the menu and options. The best bread ever but try not to fill up too much on it! Every bite we ate over the evening was just so flavoursome and interesting. We’re thoroughly looking forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed March 2, 2024 via mobile

I was a rather stressed chap on arrival, I had no idea that parking would be a challenge nearby, stupidly, I could have worked that out with a little effort. I had a quite long walk in the rain after finding a spot, knowing I...was already late. I expected that quite fairly the restaurant would be quite annoyed with me therefore. However, I was warmly welcomed and my mood immediately began to lift as we enjoyed a refreshing Sherry and got to delving into the menu. We ordered too much. These are not dainty little tasting menu courses but hearty, generous and rich dishes. A gorgeous Orkney diver scallop in its shell with zinging spices and sticky lemon-oil freshness, a smoky herring dish where the smoke tastes like wood smoke instead of chemical smoke, so delicate. The rabbit with mushrooms and prunes, and an incredible sauce to luxuriate in, not just with a hint of, but absolutely belting you with tarragon, a steak ordered rare and perfectly rare, and a light velvet chocolate mousse with pistachio cream and a pistachio brittle so wonderful. The black tempura fish (today skate, seems that it is often on the menu with what fish is around) gets its own little paragraph because it was sensational, soft flakes, hard shattering batter, unbelievable hot sauce soused grilled pineapple and freshened up with what all samphire garnishes should just give way to, agretti or monksbeard. There was no regret however despite being overly full. The ingredients and the cooking are thoughtfully put together and special, the flavours are huge, the hint of the charcoal is a delight. The wine list is extensive without letting you get lost, and keenly priced. The service throughout was friendly and efficient, and we could happily leave with a promise to return and to recommend to friends. Thank You, Pea Porridge.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 29, 2024

Thank you Pea Porridge for a marvellous meal. Truly beautiful food, prepared with love and creativity. The whole culinary experience was exceptional, from the succulent Scottish Scallop starter to the Syrian Basbousa cake. Looking forward to visiting again.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 17, 2024

What a fantastic find. An unpretentious yet exceptional restaurant- it’s all about the amazing food and excellent service. The food is delightful and you certainly don’t leave hungry.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 15, 2024

This was our first visit after often walking past wondering what delights were behind the green doors. We weren't disappointed. After stepping out from behind the quaint curtain the greeting was warm and friendly. The staff were informative (we needed half the menu explaining lol)...friendly and quietly attentive. The food was excellent as expected. No it's not cheap but definitely worth it as a treat. Would recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 20, 2024 via mobile

Long overdue visit to Pea Porridge one again. Excellent front of house and customer service. Lovely, varied menu. No fuss, relaxed, attentive staff, wonderfully presented big flavour food, faultless.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 14, 2024

Went here with my mum and we were both seriously impressed. The bread was the best we've tasted, the menu was varied and creative. We found the service to be friendly and helpful. . I think some prospective diners see the Michelin star and expect...a very rigid idea of traditional fine dining. Pea Porridge is meticulously focused on flavour, the best ingredients and Moorish cuisine. It absolutely hits its mark.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed January 10, 2024

My wife and I and two staff were very much looking forward to visiting the restaurant just before Christmas. My wife fell ill the morning we were due to dine and rang through to confirm our two colleagues would still attend but that my wife...and I could not. My colleagues spent £341 at the restaurant including a 12.5% discretionary tip which probably isn't far off what 4 covers would cost on average anyway. Even so, this outfit seems to think it is reasonable taking £60 post dining as a cancellation fee. No mention was made of this when my wife spoke to them on the telephone. Maybe they would have been happier if we turned up and gave all their staff and dinners what turned out to be a stomach bug/sickness. What is more, the restaurant has considered our position and believes their view is fair. I am all for fairness but a strict interpretation of their T&C's is this instance is pathetic. Restaurants have to look after themselves but this attitude stinks. As the business owner I ended up paying £401 for a meal and experience my wife and I never had - maximizing profit ahead of trying to build customer loyalty. As for the food and service report - apparently it was ok.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed January 10, 2024

It out of the way and a bit of a chore to walk back to the town to get a cocktail or a taxi. Its small and the tables are not so large for a group, it's all a bit tight, the people on the...table next to us were somewhat spoiling the evening with their loud chat and cackling (they seemed t be regulars too which bothered me as the staff pandered to them rather than perhaps keeping them down a bit). On that note though the staff were excellent. Attentive and knew their "food stuff" (or so it seemed, I'm no foodie, they seemed to answer my questions easily). When it arrived the food was excellent and lived up to billing (although the Wagyu beef was not as special as expected), my squid started was exceptional. So, all in all, perhaps good food is enough BUT I like to enjoy my dining out experiences overall and I just didn't. Basically at £170 per head I expect a bit more from the evening and not just decent food. On that basis I will not be going back and therefore cannot recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 23, 2023

Delightful evening. Food delicious, amazing flavours, very rich. Celebrating local produce with a Mediterranean Middle eastern twist. Good size portions. Service excellent. The restaurant has a certain charm about it, not at all stuffy. Very relaxing environment. Of note parking can be difficult around the...area. We look forward to returning in the foreseeable future.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Dress code is smart casual.
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There is on-street parking (very limited and short-term) just next to the Old Cannon pub; the nearest car park is Ram Meadow which is about a 7min walk. Not sure about blue badge parking!
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5