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.

Freshly prepared local produce is at the heart of Lifehouse cuisine

Freshly prepared local produce is at the heart of Lifehouse cuisine

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.

Non-residents are welcome.


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 are always busy at breakfast time so come down before 9am to miss the late morning rush.

Breakfast Time:

Monday to Friday: 7am – 10.30am
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 our delicious buffet and savour up to 3 courses of mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine or you can choose to dine from our à la carte menu - ideal if you are looking for a lighter bite. 

Lunch Time:

Every day: 12pm – 2.30pm
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. If you are staying with us on a Wellness Retreat, we have professionally structured full board Detox and Weight Loss Menus that have been designed by Sue Davis, our Resident Naturopath and Ugo Simonelli, our Executive Chef.

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

Dinner Time:

Monday to Thursday: 6pm – 9pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 6pm – 9.30pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual (no bathrobes or sportswear please)

Sunday Lunch

Our popular Sunday Lunch is served every Sunday 12pm - 2pm and includes 2 or 3 courses. Non-residents very welcome. Pre-booking recommended. View menu here.

2 courses £19.50
3 courses £23.50

Please note groups of 6 or more are unable to be seated together unless authorised by management in advance.


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