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.