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“Just perfect”
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The Dolphin Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Thorpeness B&B and Inns
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Sussex
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stayed at the Dolphin for two nights whilst attending a local wedding. The landlord was welcoming and all the staff friendly and very helpful. There is a separate entrance for guests which was good for getting back after hours.
The room was very comfortable, big comfy bed, very clean, fluffy towels with everything we needed, we particularly enjoyed having the DAB radio. Lovely big bath with plenty of toiletries provided. Tea and coffee with fresh milk on request (no biscuits but we bought some lovely home made ones from the shop next door!).
Lovely breakfast, very relaxed, good beer and cider on tap. we were there the weekend of the village Fete which was held in the pub garden, this obviously took a lot of planning with stalls, BBQ and live music, we still felt that we were given their full attention.
We ate at the Dolphin our first night and although every table was booked they still managed to squeeze us in before the rush. The next day all tables were booked too so it is obviously very popular.
With regard to the area it is just gorgeous, the beach at Thorpeness was stunning and we walked twice down to Aldeborough which was about a 45 min walk along the beach path another lovely place to see. We had two goes out boating on the Lake which was hilarious mainly because I didn't know we had a rudder! The village is very small so the Beach and lake are only a couple of minutes walk. There is a lovely village shop next door linked to the pub and it sells lovely pastries, biscuits etc. You have to order your paper the night before if you want to purchase one.

We spent our last night in Southwold but much preferred it here at the Dolphin in Thorpeness.
We would definitely stay again and would have loved to stay longer.
Thank you to everyone at the Dolphin.

Room Tip: All rooms were lovely, it really doesn't matter.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

My Wife and I have just returned home after a four night break. Echo all the previous complimentary remarks concerning the inn comfort and food. One thing not mentioned is that the three guest bedrooms have en suite facilities have baths with attached mixer showers. No way can these be 'hooked up' and the wall tiles are only three deep over the bath. As elderly guests near 80 years of age we found that non provision of proper showers a no no! The whole stay in extremely hot weather was marred by the lack of proper shower facilities. We have never experienced this oversight in recent times. Otherwise the Dolphin was excellent value.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nesscliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

We have been staying in Aldeburgh and had a meal at the Dolphin Inn based on a recommendation from my brother who had previously stayed there. We both had steaks and they were delicious. Decided to book in for another meal a couple of days later and we were not disappointed - it was a very busy night (a lovely sunny night and everyone had decided to pop to the pub for their tea!). The staff did an amazing job of keeping everything running smoothly and still kept smiling! We will definitely be trying the accommodation at the Inn in the future for a short break.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Another lovely weekend spent at the Dolphin. For the 3rd consequtive year... great food, comfortable beds in immaculate bedrooms and a lovely atmosphere.
Highly recommend a w/end in Thorpeness staying here & enjoying the quirky village,coastal walks and the surrounding areas.

Room Tip: room 3 is a double aspect corner room but all are lovely & 1 & 2 have window seats.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Norwich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

A gang of us have been coming to Thorpeness each Spring for over 50 years, and we usually choose The Dolphin for drinks and lunch. There were 13 of us this year, so we'd booked a table and, after a morning walk, were looking forward to our lunch.
Drinks were served by a highly efficient bartender and the Adnams was excellent. After being shown to our table, orders were taken and served by very pleasant staff who regularly visited the table to check all was OK.
We ate from the very varied choices on the set price menu and the quality of the food was first class. The local sausages in the sausage and mash dish were especially enjoyed by those that chose them.
Thanks to all at the Dolphin for making our annual pilgrimage so enjoyable. See you next Spring!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed with our friends for 1 night in The Dolphin Inn and could not fault the service we received from the moment we got there. A very warm welcome from 'Keith' who showed us to our very comfortable and impeccably clean rooms. The food was very well presented and extremely good value - especially the roast dinner on Sunday. Would recommend this B & B to anyone. Now looking to book for later in the year and looking forward to it already. Thank you.

Room Tip: very spacious and all facilties included and very clean. Lovely to have our own access through back...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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bse
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed for a weekend with friends; we were unsure as to what to expect as we had booked this without any knowledge of the Inn, however we were very impressed! We were welcomed by a very cheerful young man who we later found out was called Keith. Throughout our stay Keith was always very friendly and nothing was ever too much for him- from booking us a taxi, getting us an extra jug of milk to ensuring that we had a table for sunday lunch. The Inn was beautifully furnished with a very welcome open fire.
Our bedroom was very clean and comfortable with a window seat with lovely views. Lunch was excellent, home made soup and sandwiches which was very welcome and a superb atmosphere. We were most impressed with our hearty breakfast which was freshly cooked and was very tasty. Sunday lunch was again freshly cooked and was most enjoyable, again the atmosphere was good and it was everything and more that you would hope to encounter at this part of the world.
The waitresses were all very pleasant and helpful. Keith is a credit to the Inn and made our welcome that much more enjoyable during our stay. Thank you to Keith for always checking on us and for taking the time to ask us about our day. Booking us that taxi was most appreciated, the walk would have been too ambitious in the weather conditions! We look forward to our next visit.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Dolphin Inn
Address: Old Homes Road, Thorpeness IP16 4FE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Thorpeness
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Thorpeness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dolphin Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the unique seaside village of Thorpeness, the Dolphin Inn, a free house, has placed itself in the heart of the community. A short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk heritage coastline and we are a short distance from Minsmeare, a birding paradise hosting some of our rarest wildlife. The Dolphin has three well appointed four star bedrooms, a fantastic restaurant with an enthusiastic chef, a bar that dispensers a large variety of whiskeys, ales, has a superb wine list and boasts a large beer garden. ... more   less 
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