The Crown and Castle


‘Peaceful and comfortable, a good place to unwind.’ This small hotel/restaurant stands near the castle in a Suffolk village. Ruth and David Watson are its owners with Tim Sunderland the partner/manager. The staff ‘work hard to good effect, striking the right balance between formality and informality’, says a visitor in 2015. ‘Tasteful’ bedrooms with ‘very comfy’ beds are divided between the main building and the garden. They have ‘good lighting and plenty of storage space’. ‘Our wonderful room had a glorious view across the water.’ In the ‘cosy, modern’ restaurant, chef Charlene Gavazzi serves an Italian-influenced menu. ‘We enjoyed fresh dressed crab; chicken liver pâté with pickled courgettes; Cornish gurnard in sea food broth with tortellini. All delicious.’ A separate vegetarian menu was welcomed. There is a special table in the restaurant area where dogs may sit with their owners. Breakfast ‘cooked from scratch, so really hot and fresh’ is a highlight. ‘Good, fresh orange juice, real bread; excellent sausage, black pudding, bacon and egg.’ (Lynn Wildgoose, Andrew Kleissner)
  • This is one of my very favourite hotels. We went for three days after New Year. We wanted it to be perfectand it was. We stayed in a room we hadn't been in before, Room 1, with a large bay window overlooking the estuary and Orford Ness. t was large and comfortable, with an equally large bathroom, with all the extras one needs. The home-made biscuits are to die for. The food as good as ever, and the service second to none, always made to feel you are genuinely wanted. It is a lovely area to visit and the best kind of comfortable, welcoming hotel. Not cheap, but the price is right, and they are always putting on special deals, so it is affordable.

    Christine Hodgkin, 08/04/2015

  • I liked the welcoming atmosphere. The whole place was very comfortable and staff were seamlessly helpful. Our comfortable room in the main hotel had a large bathroom and two chairs in the bay window with a view over the garden to the sea. Very good lighting and plenty of storage space. We had one evening meal in the Brasserie and this was fine.. The breakfast was cooked from scratch, so it was really hot and fresh. If you have a dog, and want to bring it in when you eat, they set up a table in the bar. All in all a pleasant place to stay in an attractive village. Peaceful and comfortable, a good place to unwind.

    Lynn Wildgoosea, 06/09/2014

  • We had a lovely stay. The staff, without exception, were unfailingly cheerful and helpful. Our room was in a separate block, a few yards from the main house; umbrellas are provided. It was large and immaculate, neither fussy nor cluttered. Excellent lights for reading in bed. The bed was large, the mattress was good and there were plenty of pillows, And the room was extremely quiet. The shower was the best I have seen anywhere. Dinner was superb: itl was leisurely and the wine list was excellent. Portions were generous without being huge; we retired feeling well-filled but not bloated. One of the best breakfasts we have had anywhere; everything was served to us. We were asked when we wanted the toast, so it was still warm when we ate it. All ingredients are local. Our bill was made up quickly and without fuss; there were no awkward “extras” and, though pricey for Suffolk, we felt that the hotel had given excellent value for money.

    Andrew & Moira Kleissner, 05/03/2014

  • Blissfully comfortable the C&C is an oasis of good food, wonderful beds and the feeling of being beautifully looked after. Staff are excellent (all of them!) Not big, not fancy but two days here felt like a weeks rest!

    Susan Chait, 18/08/2013

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Local attractions

Butley-Orford Oysterage
Eat oysters and smoked fish in an idiosyncratic café.
Orford Castle
A 12th-century castle, built by Henry II.
Sutton Hoo
An Anglo-Saxon burial site, with an Edwardian house.
Orford Ness
National Trust Nature Reserve

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Contact Details

The Crown and Castle

nr Woodbridge ORFORD Suffolk England IP12 2LJ


01394 450205

Further Information


21. 10 (all on ground floor) in garden, 3 (on ground floor) in terrace.


all year.


lounge/bar, restaurant, private dining room, gallery, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden.

Background music



not under 8 in hotel and Trinity restaurant (any age at lunch).


allowed in 5 garden rooms, in restaurant (at 'doggie table'), limited number in bar.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £115--£240, D,B&B £185--£310. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.