Tuddenham Mill has a history that dates back to The Doomsday Book. The water mill may no longer be operating (it hasn’t since the 1950s), but it is still offering sustenance to travellers. From the moment you arrive by the charming millpond, until you stagger out of the first-floor dining room (all uneven floors, exposed beams and wonky doors), having feasted on Paul Foster’s artful cooking, there’s rarely a moment when Tuddenham Mill doesn’t live up to its claim to offer “rustic chic”.
Eat: Paul Foster’s cooking is the main attraction at Tuddenham Mill. With a CV that includes names such as Le Manoir and the French Laundry, Foster set out to make Tuddenham Mill a destination restaurant. His clever combinations include ingredients foraged from the local meadow and dishes are as tasty as they are intriguing. The formal set-up is a little at odds with the rustic setting (creaky floors and low ceilings make it hard for waiters to glide), but this is top food from a rising star. The main restaurant on the first floor doesn’t allow dogs, but they can come with you into the downstairs bar (where a separate menu is available).
Sleep: The bedrooms veer more towards chic than rustic, with a clever combination of modern fixtures and furnishings (including a bed about as comfortable as any you'll enjoy) and clever use of space and odd quirky touches (a working telescope) to prevent things drifting towards bland. Eleven of 15 rooms allow dogs, including the Mill Stream and Water Meadow Rooms and the amazing Loft Rooms (all spacious suites). There is a small extra charge for dogs to cover the cost of a special cleaning service after your stay.
Walk: There are plenty of excellent walking routes across the pretty Suffolk countryside, including the Icknield Way, which runs through the village and links with the Peddars Way and Angles Way at Knettishall Heath Country Park. There's also Thetford Forest or the magic of the Suffolk coast.
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Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: In the bar, lounge and grounds
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, in the bar (different menu)
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?