The Crown and Castle 22

Orford, Nr Aldeburgh , , IP12 2LJ

1 reviews

40 Modern European Suffolk

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SquareMeal Review of The Crown and Castle

TV’s ‘Country House’ guru Ruth Watson and her husband David have created a “warm welcoming” retreat for all seasons at this dreamy Suffolk restaurant-with rooms: from summer drinks on the terrace to weekend papers in front of a roaring log fire, the owners’ “eye for detail” is evident throughout. Food-wise, casual lunches offer a mix of British and Mediterranean favourites ranging from ‘proper’ steak and kidney pie with shortcrust pastry to warm crab and saffron quiche or grilled mackerel fillet with peperonata. Dinners promise something similar with the addition of a few flashier seasonal items such as griddled squid with spiced salami and datterini tomatoes, rack of Suffolk lamb with slow-cooked shoulder ragù and grilled chicory or line-caught cod with Orford samphire and cockle risotto. For afters, chocolate nemesis is a winner, and we’re told that Sunday lunch is fantastic too. Simply factor in an enticing wine list bolstered by lots of bargain bin ends and a choice of super bedrooms for some desirable R&R. 

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Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

gmbklm gold reviewer 26 January 2010

In theory only 90mins from London, so very convenient as a weekend destination. We are regular returning guests, over many years. Most recently in Dec 09. Its not perfect, but its always enjoyable and very restful. In an attractive village in a very quiet coastal estuary setting. Service is generally very good, with the staff being very helpful and charming. We have always found the restaurant to be consistently good, and definitely a strong point of the hotel. It is anyway more like a restaurant with rooms, with no segregated lounge for hotel guests. We like the relatively simple dishes, often using very good quality fresh local produce (had some great fish on our last visit). We’re not so keen on the decor and furnishings of the modernised bar area, which is not particularly “warm” or congenial, and more of a waiting room for the restaurant. The restaurant area decor seems to work much better and is warm and pleasant. In summary. we’ve always had very enjoyable stays and meals, and we will be back again in 2010.


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