The Crown and Castle

‘It is warm, comfortable and without fuss. More

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The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
IP12 2LJ
01394 450205
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21. 10 (all on ground floor) in garden, 2 (on ground floor) in terrace, 1 in courtyard, 1 suite in stable block.


all year.


lounge/bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ¼-acre garden.

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not under 8 in restaurant in evening or overnight in hotel; all ages welcomed at lunch.


allowed in 5 garden rooms, at ‘doggie table’ in restaurant, limited number in bar.

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[2016] per room B&B from £130, D,B&B from £200. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It is warm, comfortable and without fuss.’ ‘You’re always made to feel you’re genuinely wanted.’ ‘We felt at home, and so did the dog.’ ‘We wanted it to be perfect, and it was.’ The accolades keep coming, for this popular restaurant-with-rooms in a ‘lovely area’ close to the River Alde. Owned by Ruth and David Watson and Tim Sunderland, it is ‘the best kind of welcoming hotel’. ‘The service is second to none’; staff are ‘smiling and interested’. Take your pick of ‘tasteful’ bedrooms. ‘Our spacious room in the main house overlooked the estuary; the equally large bathroom had all the extras one needs. Home-made chocolate-orange biscuits were to die for.’ Two terrace rooms sharing a lobby are ideal for a family. ‘We enjoyed the afternoon sun on our patio facing Orford Castle.’ In the restaurant, Charlene Gavazzi cooks ‘magical’ Italian-inspired dishes. The lively atmosphere isn’t accidental – ‘Ruth Watson’s ban on the use of electronic devices in the dining room is a welcome one (although she makes an exception for Kindle readers for lone diners!)’. (Susan Chait, CL Hodgkin, Susan Willmington, Michael Gwinnell)

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Special offers

May Two Night Offer

The ‘LIKE IT’ two-night May offer includes: a two-course a la carte dinner on both evenings, with free choice of dishes. Full English breakfast each morning. A generous package of Pinney’s smoked fishes to take home with you. Rates from £440 – £599 per room for two nights. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
IP12 2LJ

Guest comments

'A genuine gem. They have worked out what works well and they deliver just that. Our room was immaculate. Ruth’s notes are a delight, clear and helpful to the guest, and airing her beliefs, a distillation of years of hotel experience. The restaurant is pleasant but not showy. The food is an interesting mix of local ingredients and Italian-influenced cooking. ' - Tony & Ginny Ayers - March, 2017
'One of my favourite hotels. 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. The food was 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 - January, 2015
'Welcoming atmosphere. The whole place was very comfortable and staff were seamlessly helpful. Our comfortable roomhad a large bathroom and two chairs in the bay window with a view to the sea. Very good lighting and plenty of storage space. Our evening meal in the Brasserie was fine. The breakfast, cooked from scratch, was really hot and fresh. If you have a dog, they set up a table in the bar. Apleasant place to stay in an attractive village. Peaceful and comfortable.. ' - Lynn Wildgoosea - August, 2014

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