The Bildeston Crown Shortlist*

Chef/patron Chris Lee and his wife, Hayley, have returned to this ‘handsomely restored’ old coaching inn, this time as owners. More

Contact details

The Bildeston Crown
104 High Street,
Bildeston
Suffolk
IP7 7EB.
England
Tel 01449 740510,

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12.

Open

All year, no accommodation on Christmas Day.

Facilities

Lift, bar, lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, courtyard, parking.

Background music

In restaurant in evening.

Children

All ages welcomed.

Prices

Per room B&B from £90. À la carte £32.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Chef/patron Chris Lee and his wife, Hayley, have returned to this ‘handsomely restored’ old coaching inn, this time as owners. The ochre-washed 15th-century building, on the main street of a lovely Suffolk village close to Lavenham, is brimming with colour and character inside. There are wonky beams, stripped floorboards, brick walls, massive fireplaces, and comfy seating in which to take it all in. The courtyard is ideal for alfresco food and drinks. There’s a choice of regularly changing menus, each with ‘high-standard cooking’ in tune with the seasons: a Classic menu features pub favourites; the Select menu has more adventurous plates (perhaps fillet of hake, confit chicken wings, white asparagus, wild garlic, morels). Bedrooms veer between country simplicity and ‘statement’ decadence, but the amenities are well considered across the board: bathrobes, botanical-extract toiletries, a portable fan, a wide-screen TV.

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The Bildeston Crown
104 High Street,
Bildeston
Suffolk
IP7 7EB.

Guest comments

'A lovely place to spend my fiftieth birthday weekend. Outside it was wet and windy but inside we sat around a huge log fire and felt as if we were in a country house. Twelve of us enjoyed a special tasting menu and it was exceptionally interesting food and wine. The bedroom was comfortable with an enormous bed. ' - Debra Armstrong - November, 2009

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