The Crown and Castle

‘The attention to detail, excellent service and quality of cooking at this brilliant restaurant-with-rooms have set the standard by which other hotels will be judged. More

Contact details

The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
Orford
Suffolk
IP12 2LJ
England
01394 450205

Hotel information

Bedrooms

21. 10 (all on ground floor) in garden, 2 (on ground floor) in terrace, 1 in courtyard, 1 suite in stable block.

Open

all year except 4–8 Dec 2017 ‘for essential maintenance’.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

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

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £140, D,B&B from £200. À la carte £38. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The attention to detail, excellent service and quality of cooking at this brilliant restaurant-with-rooms have set the standard by which other hotels will be judged.’ Guide readers this year continue to endorse this ‘great’ enterprise, managed and run by Tim Sunderland, in a pretty town on the River Ore. ‘To find somewhere that gets it all right without a single false note is a joy.’ Some guests may be rattled by the house rules that accompany each booking (gadgets discouraged at dinner, etc), but others find them ‘clear, helpful and very welcome – a major delight’. In the much-praised restaurant, dine on ‘an interesting, Italian-influenced mix’ of ‘knock-out food’ – perhaps Orford-landed cod, sautéed salsify, girolles, potato gnocchi – accompanied by a ‘fun, eclectic’ wine list. (‘A request for gluten-free options was acknowledged with no fuss.’) Spend the night, afterwards, in one of the ‘tastefully styled’ bedrooms. ‘Our immaculate suite had a good-sized sitting area, a splendid modern bathroom, even a little balcony. Best of all: a big, really comfortable bed.’ (Gwyn Morgan, Iseult Beatty, Tony and Ginny Ayers, and others)

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Special offers

June Midweek ‘Great Britten’ Special Offer

The Red House in Aldeburgh is where Benjamin Britten lived and composed. The Aldeburgh Music Festival plays to packed houses from 8th – 24th June, but even if you are left unmoved by Bach, Bernstein and Britten, the house is still a fascinating place to visit. The June 2-night offer provides FREE entrance to the Red House, together with: A complimentary jug of Pimms on one afternoon of your stay. 2 nights comfortable accommodation. A 2-course a la carte free-choice dinner on both evenings (with a reasonable prospect of lobster or crab being on the menu in some form or another). Full English breakfast on both mornings. The June offer runs from Monday, 28th May up to and including Thursday, 28th June but excludes Fridays and Saturdays. The rates for the Great Britten 2-night stay, per room occupied by two people, are: Good House 440; Better House, Garden and Courtyard 520; Best House and Terrace 620; Suite 770. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
Orford
Suffolk
IP12 2LJ

Guest comments

'A comfortable and well-run restaurant-with-rooms. Food and service excellent as usual. The dining room has been refurbished with new tables and chairs since our last visit. ' - Michael Gwinnell - March, 2018
'We love the Crown and Castle. Standards are as high as ever: Ruth Watson certainly practices what she preaches. Our Garden Room has been renovated fairly recently, and the bed was particularly comfortable. Staff as always were well-trained, friendly, and interested in us. ' - John Saul - July, 2017
'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

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