The Crown Hotel

Between the High Street and the River Stour, this informal inn occupies a ‘handsome’ Georgian house well placed for exploring Hardy country. More

Contact details

The Crown Hotel
West Street
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 7AJ
England
01258 456626

Hotel information

Bedrooms

27. Some suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, bar, common room, restaurant, function suite, free Wi-Fi, in-room smart TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, garden terrace.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £80–£180. À la carte £40.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Between the High Street and the River Stour, this informal inn occupies a ‘handsome’ Georgian house, well placed for exploring Hardy country. It is owned by local brewers Hall & Woodhouse. Town residents come for coffee mornings and disco nights in the ‘large, well-patronised’ pub – oak-floored, panelled, with a ‘relaxed atmosphere’; in summer, the parasol-shaded beer garden is the place to be. A fire is lit in the book- and bibelot-lined lounge in cooler weather. Lunch- and dinnertime bring ‘pleasing, well-presented’ British dishes, perhaps confit duck, buttered mash, red cabbage, Blandford Flyer gravy; there are small plates, sharing plates, sandwiches with a side of fries. (‘The breakfast buffet could have been more imaginative, though.’) Recently revamped bedrooms vary in size, but each is ‘outstandingly decorated’ with ‘design quirks’ like ‘vintage luggage; interesting portraits; antique, or faux-antique, lamps’. Light sleepers, choose wisely: there may be noise from the pub across the street. ‘Plenty of nice touches in my spacious, stylish room: Spode-lookalike cups, fine teas, a Roberts radio, Travelman Short Stories by the bedside.’ (Richard Osborne)

Map

The Crown Hotel
West Street
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 7AJ

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