The Restaurant at Lifehouse

The Restaurant at Lifehouse is a light, airy, relaxed space with fantastic views out over the beautiful historic Listed Thorpe Hall Gardens in Essex.

Serving superb cuisine prepared only the freshest local ingredients, the 2 AA Rosette Lifehouse Restaurant offers fine dining in a tranquil and informal setting with good service and a great wine list. 

Open to non residents.


Start your day the right way. Lifehouse breakfast has lots on offer including fresh and poached fruits, yoghurts, cereals, freshly baked croissants, hot buttered toast, full cooked breakfast or selections from our fresh cook options. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are available. Weekends and peak dates are always busy at breakfast time so come down before 9am to miss the late morning rush.

Monday to Friday: 7am – 10.00am

Weekends & bank holidays: 7.30am – 10.30am

Dress Code: Bathrobes & sportswear welcome


Whether you are a guest at Lifehouse or want to pop in for a lunch time treat, you'll find tempting dishes to suit all tastes. Enjoy up to 3 courses of mouth-watering Mediterranean inspired cuisine from the A' la Carte menu.  

Every day: 12pm – 3.00pm

Dress Code: Bathrobes & sportswear welcome

Lighter bites available in the bar until 5pm

Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself to an elegant Afternoon Tea of assorted sandwiches, freshly baked fruit scones served with clotted cream & Tiptree strawberry jam, homemade cakes & pastries, with a pot of tea from our luxurious collection or freshly brewed coffee

Every day: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Dress Code: Bathrobes & sportswear welcome

Pre booking is essential no less than 24 hours prior to arrival.


The Lifehouse Dinner Menu is the creation of our Executive Chef, Ugo Simonelli and has an Italian-Mediterranean influence and style. The Lifehouse cuisine ranges from the uncomplicated elegance of a few carefully selected ingredients to classic dishes cooked to perfection, all freshly and lovingly prepared.

The Dinner Menu also includes lighter, healthier options as well as dishes suitable for vegetarians and  vegans. If you have any food allergies please speak with your server. 

Do book your table for dinner well in advance especially at weekends, to avoid disappointment. 

Aperitivo time!

Book your table 6pm - 6.45pm and enjoy a complimentary pre dinner Cocktail or Mocktail at your table!  for more information click here

Dinner is served:

Sunday - Thursday: 6pm to 9pm

Friday - Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

Dress Code: Smart Casual (no bathrobes or sportswear please)

Please note maximum table size is 6 people.


Our menus are seasonal using local produce and therefore change regularly. A selection of recent sample menus can be viewed below:

Booking at The Lifehouse Restaurant

Booking is essential. To book for Lunch, Afternoon Tea or Dinner please phone 01255 863455 or email