The Crown and Castle

‘There have been changes since last year at this restaurant-with-rooms in a small coastal town dominated by its 12th-century castle and famous for its oysters. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

21. 7 in main house, 10 (all on ground floor) in garden, 2 (on ground floor) in terrace, 1 in courtyard, 1 suite in stable block.

Open

all year.

Facilities

hall, bar, restaurant, private dining room (wheelchair access), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), on-site parking, 1/4 -acre garden.

Background music

none.

Children

Children 8 years and older welcome to stay overnight.

Dogs

allowed in 5 garden rooms, at 'doggie table' in restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £140-£250, D,B&B £200-£310. A la carte £38. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

There have been changes at this ‘comfortable, well-run’ restaurant-with-rooms in a small coastal town dominated by its 12th-century castle. The Watsons have sold their interest to TA Collection, but the indomitable Ruth Watson has been retained as a consultant, her voice coming through clear, conversational as ever, while erstwhile partner Tim Sunderland is at the helm of what is now TA’s flagship. There may have been the odd changeover hiccup – a report of a disappointing room and undercooked lamb – but ‘it was lovely as ever,’ writes one regular visitor, ‘same well-trained, friendly, welcoming staff’. Another fan on a return visit had a garden room, ‘recently renovated’, a bed ‘particularly comfortable’. As Mrs Watson says, ‘Really, nothing has changed.’ In the refurbished dining room, staggered mealtimes allow guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the ‘tiny’ bar. Locally sourced ingredients grace such ‘excellent’ dishes as Orford-landed skate, sautéed grapes and almonds, black butter. There are menus for vegetarians and vegans. ‘Alan Bennett was a fellow guest – what more could you want?’ (John Saul, Frances Thomas, Michael Gwinnell, and others)

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Special offers

'Choctober' Two-night Special Offer

This very tempting Choctober 2-night offer includes a plethora of delights,from a fairly terrible pun to an autumnal discount on the normal rates, two nights’comfortable accommodation, an a la carte dinner each evening (with a free choice of dishes)and an award-winning full English breakfast each morning. The Choctober 2-night Offer, available from 1st – 31st October, also includes: A pot of tea or coffee on arrival, with a slice of scrumptious Black Velvet chocolate cake. A free third course of the renowned ‘Sod it’ hot chocolate mousse* on one night of your stay. A tasting pack of four Pump Street Bakery mini-bars. The 2-night discounted rate is per couple sharing the room. Good house double £420. Better house, Garden or Courtyard double £499. Best House and Terrace £599. Suite £750. NB: Orford Ness is now open only on Saturdays before closing completely for the winter so this is an excellent opportunity to visit it. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking. SMALL PRINT: *if you prefer a non-chocolately dessert, please just ask when ordering. Longer stays are at pro rata rates but just include the original extras.

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The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
Orford
Suffolk
IP12 2LJ

Guest comments

'A rare find, where the customer really does come first. We received a warm welcome, and check-in was quick and easy. Our room was beautifully decorated, with a large bathroom, two armchairs and plenty of storage, a most comfortable king-size bed. Lighting and heating were good; The food in the restaurant was delicious; the menu is very flexible. Custom satisfaction is at the top of the staff' priorities. Service is outstanding. We felt well looked after . ' - Andy and. Sylvia Aitken - September, 2018
'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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