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The Lady Elizabeth Hotel

7 Market Hill, Babergh District CO10 2EA England
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#3 of 6 inns in Sudbury
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The Lady Elizabeth Bar & Hotel (formally The Black Boy) is situated in the heart of Sudbury overlooking the market square with easy access to the surrounding countryside. Market Hill, the heart of our town, it owes its existence to a 14th century woman of nearby Clare. She was a widow, kin to royalty and ‘lord’ of Sudbury. In Lady Elizabeth de Burgh’s time, Anglo-Saxon Sudbury was an interweaving web of narrow streets, until she invested in an ambitious extension to the east that is now Sudbury’s main trading centre. The open space in front of the church was used by the market stalls. The timber frames within modern shop fronts, and some surviving long, narrow plots are remnants of this 14th century layout which we can still see today. With it's seven en-suite letting rooms it is the perfect place for either a weekend retreat or a relaxing mid week stay; dog friendly rooms are available with prior arrangement. Now serving a full menu and breakfasts. Food serving times are everyday 7am for breakfasts till 12 then till 9pm for main menu. Serving the finest in traditional ales, handpicked wine menu and spirit range. Come and stay and let the new friendly team look after you!
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Wifi
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
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Fireplace
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Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Polish
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ElizabethK2004 wrote a review Feb 2024
Suffolk, United Kingdom17 contributions14 helpful votes
This is a pub with rooms, not an hotel. Although in one of the the most attractive, and oldest, buildings in Sudbury the pub itself is not what you expect when you walk in…it had always had a reputation as being a rather ‘rough’ pub when it was called The Black Boy and nothing has changed much. The manager Carl was charming, as was his business partner, but I was not comfortable with the surroundings. The entrance to the rooms was through a tiny lobby and then a locked door which gave immediately onto a very steep, winding staircase. I was offered help with my luggage as it was almost impossible to carry anything up as you need to hang onto the handrail to get up the stairs. The room was surprisingly attractive ( I was on the second floor) and had all the amenities you would get in a proper hotel, but the shower room was not clean. The shower cubicle had thick black grime on the tile grouting and around the shower tray. At 11.30pm I was woken by an incredibly loud alarm above the bed which frightened the life out of me ( and my puppy). It sounded for about two minutes then stopped. Nobody came to my room to explain the problem and I could not hear any movement outside the room so I called the manager to ask what was happening and he said the alarm was being reset and apologised for the disturbance. I assume someone in the pub set it off.. I wanted a cup of tea in the morning but there was no sugar, so as I was departing early and had been told breakfast was 7.30-9.30am I started to take my bags downstairs ( took three trips up and down…) but there was no one around. I waited for a few minutes then started to walk through the pub and found the food set out on a table and realised you have to help yourself to the breakfast, which I wasn’t told. The room price was very reasonable and the management very helpful but it should be mentioned that the room access is very difficult, that breakfast is ‘do it yourself’, the bathroom cleaning needs to be far better and the ‘tea/coffee’ items left fully stocked. And above all it should be clear this is not an hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Stairs to rooms incredibly steep, so not for the less able. Pub is a loud, drink all day with...
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Dave C wrote a review Aug 2023
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We arrived early evening for a surprise birthday party for our daughterBooking in with Carl was painless. The room was clean and tidy, not directly over the Market Place, and had a huge bath which was put to good work after a long trip. We were warned that the market would be setting up in the morning. The noise wasn’t bad and didn’t last very long until the stalls were set up. The stay included a basic continental style breakfast, but Carl was able to arrange a full cooked breakfast for us on our second morning, which was ample and really set us up. The staff couldn’t be friendlier or more helpful, which made our stay very pleasant. They apologised for the noise in the bar, which, to be honest, was actually minimal. (We had travelled from Scarborough and are used to Northern pubs :) Thanks to all whom we met- Carl, Claudia and Co. You made our stay really pleasant. Julie and Dave
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Date of stay: August 2023
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mansells wrote a review Jun 2023
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here for 5 nights in June 2023. There was a fan in the room, primarily because the window could not be opened at night time due to the high level of noise. Even with the window closed, it was disruptive. The frequent car sounds echo up the building. The bed was comfortable, but that was about where the positive ended. The room was dirty, the bathroom hadnt been cleaned from what I could see. It's the first time we've stayed away and I've gone out to buy cleaning liquids to clean the bathroom and surfaces in the bedroom. The drinks in the evening were from unclean/unpolished glasses and we opted to eat elsewhere.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Nicola D wrote a review Jun 2023
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Highly recommended. Management and staff were fantastically friendly and helpful. Beautiful rooms, great nights sleep, and a charming atmosphere in the pub. Will definitely be returning! Thank you for a great stay.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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saff wrote a review Apr 2023
Sudbury, United Kingdom1 contribution
The new management and staff were nothing but helpful and accommodating. The food was absolutely amazing. Lovely atmosphere and customers in a lovely busy pub. Nice to see a busy pub. I wish them good luck for the future. We will definitely be visiting again.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Above a busy market town pub
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Billy wrote a review Apr 2023
Sudbury, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
Great roast dinner! Best in town! Bexx, carl, Claudia and the team have done so well in turning the lady Elizabeth into a fantastic pub! Lots of variety on the daily menu to choose from too! And all at very reasonable prices too! And all drinks at a reasonable price too! Keep up the great work guys!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Steven P wrote a review Mar 2023
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Last minute nite away called hotel and had a fantastic lady on phone who booked room most helpful Hotel is a suffolk gem if you you like original old coaching inns room was nice with all you could need hotel staff great location bang in the middle of sudbury car park at rear Iam a fan of old hotels steeped in history with original features and this place certainly has that price wasn't expensive location great Top job Team
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Abbie wrote a review Mar 2023
London, United Kingdom14 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a recent family event at the pub, the service and food provided was really great. Could not recommend more - very easy communication with the manager, and they managed to accommodate all our needs for the day at short notice. The space was perfect for the occasion, we had the back part of the pub which felt more intimate for everyone. Thanks Bex & the team + The homemade sausage rolls went down extremely well! Thanks again!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Anne G wrote a review Jan 2023
Gravesend, United Kingdom
Turned up on Christmas Eve booked to stay until 27th Dec all locked up no one to be found checked my emails yes had booking confirmation on 19th December 2023. Locals told me it had been shut for a while they thought for public health reasons. The worse part of this sorry tale is neither the hotel or booking.com have been in touch to apologise or explain. I am 72 with health problems and suffered considerable distress due to this treatment. I would advise everyone to avoid using both this hotel and booking.com.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Claire wrote a review Dec 2022
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Absolutely disgusted Booked to stay here and visit my mum Only to arrive and be told they have not been trading since October still on booking.com And kept telling my mum when she did contact the mobile number that we are booked in and she will meet us to take payment and we came up from Sussex to no where to stay !!! THIS MUST BE A SCAM AVOID ANY BOOKING OR GOING NEAR AT THIS PRESENT TIME!!!!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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PRICE RANGE
£77 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the black boy hotel sudbury
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Black Boy Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandEast AngliaSuffolkBabergh DistrictSudbury
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lady Elizabeth Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Sudbury Escape Rooms (0.1 miles), Gainsborough's House (0.07 miles), and Rafi's Spicebox Ltd (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Secret Garden, David's of Sudbury, and Lydia Turkish Kitchen.
Is The Lady Elizabeth Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Sudbury.
Are pets allowed at The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Lady Elizabeth Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Melford Hall (2.8 miles) and Kentwell Hall (4.2 miles).