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 Lifehouse Spa Restaurant offers fine dining in a tranquil and informal setting with good service and a great wine list.

Open to the public as well as hotel & spa guests.


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.

Breakfast Time:

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 cuisine from the A' la Carte menu.  

Lunch Time:

Every day: 12pm – 5pm
Dress Code: Bathrobes & sportswear welcome


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, vegans or those with special dietary requirements or food allergies / intolerances. 

Please 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 Time:

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