Halesworth & Southwold Community News November 2019 11

a bistro, you are welcome to come and enjoy anything from the extensive drinks menu which includes a great wine list, good selection of beer – including two draft beers and plenty of bottled options, spirits and a fantastic gin list. With Daniel looking after

HAVING been closed for a couple of months, this stunning building is now open again having been given a new lease of life by local chef, Daniel Swan.

DANIEL picked the keys up on October 1st and spent the next three weeks decorating and getting the premises set up in the way that he wanted. Daniel points out that the previous owners had done a tremendous amount of work, so he was really putting his own stamp on things. So, what will clients to this

great new eatery find? Ancient House Bistro is exactly that – a bistro in Ancient House. Daniel explains that a bistro is really a small licensed café or restaurant. The term originated in Paris but has become popular all over the world and now we have one in the middle of the Thoroughfare. Daniel is an experienced

and passionate chef and has learned his trade in a number of notable local gastro pubs and restaurants. This is, in fact, the second time Daniel has looked at taking this business on, so it is fair to say it has been a dream of his for a while. That passion is now clear to be seen by all who visit Ancient House Bistro and enjoy his delicious food.

The ethos here is simple,

fresh is best. The menu is not huge, but the dishes that are available are all cooked in- house fresh to order – that said there is plenty of choice and all

dietary requirements are

catered for. Working with fresh, local, seasonal produce where possible inspires Daniel to create a menu of contemporary British cuisine. The Bistro culture offers something a little bit different. It is perhaps a little more refined than traditional pub food but in a less formal environment than high-end restaurant fayre. The idea is to offer great food in a relaxed, friendly setting. Brunch is served 9am – 11.30am with lunch service running 12pm – 2.30pm and evening service (Friday and Saturday only) 6pm – 8.30pm. The bistro stays open until 4pm with a selection of freshly made cakes to accompany tea and coffee for anyone looking for somewhere to have a catch up with friends and family. The same is true of the bar offerings – this is not a restaurant – it is

the kitchen it is his brother, Adam, who you will find taking care of the bar and front of house. Between them they have put together an offering of interesting, unusual and above all, delicious drinks. This is important as those booking a table for evening service will have that table all night – there will be not second sitting or quick turnarounds. Daniel wants his clients to feel relaxed and pampered – take advantage of a table service and have a cocktail before or after dinner. It should be an event to go out for dinner and so that is the experience you will get here. With party season approaching,

Ancient House

Bistro have a Christmas menu to get you in the spirit. The team can cater for parties of up to 30 so please call in to pick up a menu and make your reservation. The same is true for parties and larger groups all year round so if you are looking for somewhere to have a family gathering or a get-together with friends and colleagues look no further.

It is lovely to see this beautiful, historic building in the heart of our brilliant town open and thriving. Daniel has

had great local support already in just the first couple of weeks of being open and this is sure to continue as more and more people discover the delicious food, great drink and inviting atmosphere.

Due to temporary telephone

issues the landline number of 01986 948130 is unavailable until later this month. In the meantime to book a table or for any further information please call Daniel on 07487 777512 or visit www.ancienthousebistro.


“Prost & Cheers from the Krafty Braumeister

for the new Ancient House Bistro” HALESWORTH TOY SHOP

One of the Premier Toy Shops in East Anglia

4a The Thoroughfare Tel: 01986 874270 wishing Ancient House Bistro success

Daniel success Best wishes to Ancient House Bistro Wishing

Wishing Daniel every success

Hair Salon & Barber Shop 8 Thoroughfare, Halesworth IP19 8AD Tel: 01986 874210


Ancient House Bistro every success

Wishing Daniel and his team every success from everyone at

the Sibton White Horse Inn 01728 660337

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10 Thoroughfare Halesworth Tel : 01986 873386


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