Review on The Auberge

Originally called the Bull at Yaxley, this centuries-old Suffolk inn has been sympathetically transformed into a delightful country restaurant-with-rooms by current owners John and Dee Stenhouse. The building still proudly shows off its age with a steeply pitched roof and tall chimneys, while inside there are plenty of weathered beams and exposed brickwork.

By contrast the food served in the intimate dining room (which features some original beamed partitions), is in tune with current trends. To start, you might fancy warm goats' cheese salad with walnuts or chicken liver parfait with cranberry and fig chutney, while main courses could promise grilled sea bass fillets on fettuccine with roasted red pepper sauce, chicken tagine or slow-cooked Norfolk pork belly with casseroled cabbage and parsnip mash.

'Fruits de mer' is a speciality – although customers are advised to place their order 24 hours in advance. To finish, the kitchen is justly proud of its bread-and-butter pudding (served with apricot coulis); otherwise try treacle sponge with butterscotch sauce or stem ginger crème brûlée.

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Mark Bond

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Tue-Fri
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for The Auberge

Facilities at The Auberge

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 30 covers


Accomodation is available, (4 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Auberge
Ipswich Road
IP23 8BZ

Customer Ratings on The Auberge

3.1  / 5

Based on 2 reviews

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  • avatar
    Charlie R
    August 2019

    4 people found this review helpful
    They’ve come a long way.

    They’ve come a long way.

    Over the last 20 years I’ve enjoyed going to the Bull as their food surpassed all other local eateries. So it is sad to finally confirm (after hearsay from other locals) that this restaurant has run its course. My wife’s and my dining experience started by not having the wine in stock that they let me spend a while choosing - the wine menu has declined in recent years so the choice is limited. The once pretty dishes that would delight you visually are no longer. A cheese soufflé that was swimming in a pond of molten cheese was the first warning sign. Followed by 2 flattened panko breaded sardines with just 3 dollops of green sauce on an oversized dinner plate was next. While I waited for my melted cheese to cool my wife complained that the sardines had an instant reaction in her mouth akin to an itchiness. The hostess tried to bat our enquires off by saying that it was the bread crumbs. More to come on that later.

    The mains were as unremarkable as the starters. Soggy sweetbreads, lamb with sinew, undercooked pastry in my mash potato and onion tart awaited me. While my wife had 2 slices of prize winning courgette (in size each 10cm across!) that had been left to stew, with a school scoop of tasteless mash potatoes and some indescribable tomato sauce that did such injustice to the large piece of Artic Chard.

    We declined dessert. The service was attentive, yet lacked sincerity and that flat screen TV they’ve added in the restaurant to showcase the rooms, is as tasteless as it is senseless, yet leans on where the owners are now concentrating attentions - the more profitable rooms. Happy to leave disappointed was where I was to leave this.

    That was until my wife started visiting the loo with irregular regularity but a few hours after. And then shortly after, it was my turn. It seems my wife’s ‘nose’ for off food was spot on. As the sardines were the only food we shared - on a day when the only other food we had was a bacon sandwich that morning, and as a trained food hygienist myself, were the culprits. A phone call to this restaurant the following morning had the same hostess lambasting us as ‘no other person had complained’. I know you have to follow the food hygiene guidelines, so you’ll know full well that Staphylococcus is not batch driven and any number of mistakes by your kitchen could have lead to our dish being the only one poisoned.

    Their dismissal of us both in the restaurant and after our poisoning shows the contempt that they now show to their customers. I have sent notice to Mid-Suffolk food standards and more importantly have affirmed with the local community that this is an establishment now to be avoided.

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    June 2012

    12 people found this review helpful

    Excellent accommodation, food and service, atmospheric.

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