31 May 2023
The Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland, is looking forward to welcoming guests over the summer months to enjoy, amongst other things, the new gastronomic creations of Head Chef Ruben Aguilar Bel and the exceptional wines presented by Sommelier Valerio Vallani. Only a year after its re-opening, this very special venue has gained the very best reviews, such as achieving election to The Sunday Times Top 100 UK Hotels 2022, Best Hotel in the East of England 2022 – again in The Sunday Times, the AA 5-star hotel award as well as inclusion in the Michelin Restaurant Guide 2023.
The Angel Inn doesn’t just rely on accolades. The outstanding number of repeat guests, the positive comments left by the public, the extraordinary customer response has been simply overwhelming. Many visitors remark on the quality of the experience at prices that are substantially less than comparable London restaurants.
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There are many reasons to visit Stoke-by-Nayland apart from the temptations of The Angel Inn, which itself has a history dating back over five hundred years. This is Constable Country with many views and vistas that are unchanged from when Constable painted them. There are also many lovely walks to experience – Suffolk was recently referenced on Radio 4’s Ramblings programme with Clare Balding.
Not only is Dedham Vale and Constable country on the doorstep, but so too is the medieval village of Lavenham, well known by Harry Potter fans and Long Melford, made famous by Thomas Gainsborough, with Cambridge only an hour or so away – and there are many more places to explore.
ABOUT THE ANGEL INN:
On other artistic notes, The Angel Inn’s owning family have made available works from their private collection and enabled The Angel Inn to display some exceptional works of art including works by Graham Sutherland, Peter Lanyon and Trevor Bell, many of which adorn the walls of the public and guest rooms. There are also Old Masters, for example, as well as post war and modern British art.
The Angel Inn’s Garden Courtyard, now flourishing, was designed by Thomas Hoblyn, the British landscape designer, gardener and horticulturalist who graduated the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a gold medal winner RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court. Yet another reason to visit.
GASTRONOMY AND THE ANGEL INN:
The key to the continuing success of The Angel Inn however is the brilliance of Head Chef Ruben Aguilar Bel and his team, as well as the quality and inventiveness of the various menus he creates throughout the seasons. Gastronomy runs through every element of the restaurant and working with the very best suppliers is central to Ruben and his team producing this exceptional food. The current seasonal menu, for example, boasts hare from the Lake District, scallops from the Orkneys, beef from Herefordshire, asparagus from the Wye Valley, and locally foraged herbs. All this is complemented by a friendly and professional front of house staff. Sommelier Valerio Vallani presents an extraordinary and unique wine list, and intelligent wine pairings.
So, to have time to enjoy, try the ‘Dine & Stay’ package which includes one night in the hotel, a meal and breakfast. Otherwise the ‘Getaway Gourmet’ experience includes the luxury of Ruben’s Tasting Menu, breakfast on the day of departure and your comfortable overnight in one of the heritage rooms.
Links to a few of the many scenic walks around The Angel Inn:
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Photo credits: From top left, clockwise: VE; Visit Suffolk; Paul Coghlin; Visit Suffolk; Paul Coghlin; Visit Suffolk; Bill Hiskett; Visit Suffolk
With a relaxed atmosphere The Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland is the perfect destination for a foodie experience, a weekend break or relaxing drinks in the courtyard garden. The Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland is open from Thursday lunch to Sunday dinner for lunch and dinner.
Transport connections are excellent so there is easy access primarily by train. Colchester station is just twelve minutes or so away by taxi. Colchester is a 44-minute train journey from London Liverpool Street with Greater Anglia.
Dine and Stay package from £269 per room (based on two-person occupancy – discounted Thursdays and Sundays) choice of ‘a la carte’ or short tasting menus)
Gourmet Getaway stay from £299 per room (based on two-person occupancy – discounted Thursdays and Sundays) and includes the full tasting menu
Short Tasting menu from £75 per person
Full Tasting menu from £90 per person
Lunch menu from £35 per person (two courses) or £45 per person (three courses)
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An independently owned, gastronomic “restaurant with rooms” set in an historic, heritage 16th century Tudor building, The Angel Inn has gained a reputation as a destination in its own right. Seasonality and sustainability are the cornerstones of the finely tuned menus. This charming period restaurant and hotel still has many features that date back to its time as a coaching inn. Respecting the history of the building, the interiors have been sensitively renovated in a pared-back contemporary fashion to create a tranquil and elegant interior. Original works of art on display can be seen throughout the building and include some important old masters and post war modern British works.
The Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland is open from Thursday lunch to Sunday dinner for lunch and dinner for bookings visit the website www.angelinnsuffolk.co.uk