Thornham Coach House

Fabulous family restaurant in the middle of the woods

What a great find! It’s off the beaten track yet still only a mile or so from the main A140 Stowmarket to Norwich road

Nestling in the forest of the 2,000 acre Thornham Estate with 12 miles of way-marked paths, the Coach House was converted to accommodate dining in 2001 and is now operated by family team who also run Sweet & Savoury ; a café restaurant at Stonham Barns and a deli & sandwich shop in Needham Market

They’ve had the coach house since 2010

See our other piece on Thornham Walks – they are right in the middle of it!

Only 11  miles from Woodfarm

Where is it:

Thornham Hall
Thornham Magna
IP23 8HA

Where on the web:


01379 783373


Varies throughout the year. See their news page online for the latest times and special event meals

A bit more information ....

The Thornham Walks are popular with our guests as we hold their leaflets, but I wasn’t aware of the Coach House until now

I stumbled across it in Suffolk Flavours magazine and as it’s only ten minutes away, thought we’d check it out. They are open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for morning coffees, hot lunches and in the evenings on Friday and Saturday. Additionally they host themed evenings on the last Saturday of every month. As we went on a Sunday we opted for a traditional roast lunch and I can honestly say that it was the best roast I have had since I don’t remember when! We had home-made pate and soup to start and beef and pork for mains. Both meats were incredibly tasty and tender. No room for puds!

Luckily, they are right in the middle of the Thornham Walks so we were able to work some of it off immediately after. There’s an amazing walled garden adjacent to the restaurant and miles of unspoilt forest walks
It’s a very family orientated restaurant and there were plenty of young families dining. The floor retains the original old pamments and there’s an eclectic mix of furniture, giving it a really cosy, relaxed feel. They also sell a range of gifts and local produce such as jams, chutneys etc

There’s a spacious courtyard outside for the summer months too

We met with one of the owners, Jan, who was very keen to welcome our guests, particularly as we have easy access to both of their café’ restaurants and their fabulous deli, being situated right in the middle of them and just around the corner from one! They cater for wedding receptions too and by the looks of the photo’s there, they do it very well. I’ll be posting about their other places separately but you can check everything out on their websites
Posted by Carl Scott