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, owned by Ruth and David Watson and 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

2-night dinner, bed & breakfast offer

To celebrate the Good Hotel Guide awarding the Crown and Castle its Editor’s Choice Award for Restaurant-with-rooms, join us for this special GHG 2-night dinner, bed & breakfast offer, which includes a FREE copy of the Good Hotel Guide 2018 and a generous discount. This offer runs from Sunday, 29th October until Thursday, 30th November 2017. It includes two nights’ accommodation, a 2-course a la carte dinner on both evenings – with free choice of dishes – and a splendid, cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. Not forgetting that free copy of the new Good Hotel Guide to browse while you idle away the time. The rate for the complete package per couple is: Good House, Garden, Courtyard and Better rooms £398; Best House and Terrace rooms £498; feel free to negotiate a rate for the Suite with Tim. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
Orford
Suffolk
IP12 2LJ

Guest comments

'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
'One of my favourite hotels. We wanted it to be perfect and it was. Room 1, with a large bay window overlooking the estuary, was large and comfortable, with an equally large bathroom. The food was as good as ever, and the service second to none - you are always made to feel genuinely wanted. It is a lovely area to visit and the best kind of comfortable, welcoming hotel. They are always putting on special deals, so it is affordable. ' - Christine Hodgkin - January, 2015

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