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

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Market Hill
IP12 2LJ
01394 450205

Hotel information


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.


all year.


hall, bar, restaurant, private dining room (wheelchair access), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), on-site parking, ¼-acre garden.

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Children 8 years and older welcome to stay overnight.


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

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MasterCard, Visa.


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 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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The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
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
'As good as ever, welcome and service second to none. Rooms really comfortable with every extra you need. The food is exceptional, so different from the run of the mill. Breakfast, too, never disappoints. I love this place. ' - CH - August, 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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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide