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The Crown Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mundford
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“nice village hotel”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

i stayed here with a friend ,in a twin room, which was right next to the pub, room was big, and had door which led to patio area, the room was curious, in that is had a kitchen it and the boiler. Which was a bit noisy when the heating came on, or somebody had a shower in one of the other rooms.my only real grip about the room was the awful box sprung beds, they were so uncomfortable, i couldnt sleep and woke up in agony,, the beds need to be change,

the pub was lovley, good food, good beer, we watched the football on a giant screen, the locals were nice and freindly, the staff were exceptional througout,

breakfast is upstairs in a differentpart of the building, and was extensive, i had no complaints there

and it is value for money

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We needed a short break and managed to get a reasonably good deal for bed and breakfast at this small hotel. Arrival was interesting as there was no reception area and eventually we had to ask for help after pushing our way through the many locals gathered around the bar in full Friday jollity.
We were escorted through the interior corridors of this old hotel (circa 1650!) up few staircases to our room. Spacious, clean and equipped with TV and coffee/tea facilities we settled in. The room was quiet despite the revelry of the masses but would benefit by having towel rails and a new mattress. 2 nights of poor sleep on an old boxed spring mattress did not help our-jaded beings!

Breakfast was excellent with pleasant service and lovely food, well prepared. We had two evening meals which were beautifully prepared with fresh foods from a fairly comprehensive menu. Service, by a delightful staff, was so very slow. After being seated we waited and waited for orders to be taken and this was repeated through the evenings itch such slow service. Food was lovely BUT HUGE helping sizes which spoilt the effect. We just could not even attempt to justice. Sad and needs attention.

Couldn't find reception to hand in the key either! A work in progress! A small reception area, a seating area for patrons away from the bar area,a new mattress... (Please!) towel rails and quicker service with smaller portions. Could be so pleasant and charming!

Room Tip: And a new mattress! It's a hotel which is being improved slowly we think but check with hotel
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

The food served for evening meals at the Crown is wonderful. Portion sizes are large and it is hard to eat a starter and a main course, never mind a dessert. The food is interesting, home-cooked and delicious and served up with plentiful fresh and tasty vegetables. The service is efficient and accurate and the staff are charming. Definitely the place to go for an evening meal.

Breakfast is not bad, although there is not much to choose from for the buffet - orange juice, cereals and tinned grapefruit segments. Cooked breakfasts are excellent, with everything you could want included and as much tea, coffee & toast as you want. So pretty good all round on the food front.

The hotel has a lot of houses in the village and we stayed in Crown House, next door but one. As you enter here there is a strong and fairly unpleasant odour that pervades the whole house, including our room. It reminded me of the nursing home my mother lived in for a while. Our room was quite large and contained a double and a single bed. There was plenty of room to unpack all our things, including in the bathroom, but not enough room for a chair or two to sit on to watch the TV. Good TV, with all channels, including radio, and excellent free Wi-Fi. The bed was, as so often in older hotels, rock hard and lumpy, and this time it wasn't only me who thought that - several in our group had similar experiences.

The bathroom was also large, with an amazing 70s avocado suite including a corner bath. These look great but in fact are usually so small that you can't lie down properly in them. There was a hand-held shower over, and carpet on the floor, which won't have helped the atmosphere. Plenty of hot water, but strange taps that at first we thought didn't work at all, but they do if you're patient.

It took us a couple of nights to work out how to turn the radiator off in the bathroom, as it was baking that room and the bedroom. Fortunately the windows open, but the combination of the excessive heat and uncomfortable bed made for pretty poor nights. The room was still too hot with the radiator turned off. Others in our group had similar problems trying to get the heating on and the rooms warm enough.

We were on a very competitive deal for dinner, B&B and the staff were all so charming and helpful it seemed too picky to complain - after all they're not going to change the bed in the bedroom are they! But when I find myself in this sort of situation (which I quite often seem to) I think longingly of those rather soulless Travellodges where there is great comfort and everything works. They are cheap, so surely charging a low price, or even having an old building, shouldn't excuse this sort of accommodation? Maybe our room is the next one on the list for modernisation, in which case all would be really great. That room with a comfortable bed and a couple of chairs instead of the single bed would be really nice, and mirror the standard of the food served in the pub and the great service provided there.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Sitting in the middle of Thetford Forest, the Crown Pub/Hotel at Mundford is well placed for a stroll through the trees to walk off the excess of an ample meal! The forest is largely coniferous and soon it will be even more attractive when the other trees come into leaf.
The village is small, but driving up Crown Road you can't miss the pub/hotel with parking spaces out front. We arrived for lunch at 12.30 and it all seemed very quiet, but then the locals began arriving for a lunchtime pint and the atmosphere was lively without being noisy. We ate in the bar, but there is a restaurant.
Splendid plates of food - the homemade chips looked yummy although I settled for a very generous ploughman. I noticed the menu was very varied and making a decision was difficult! But no one hurried us and the food arrived in good time. Much too generous to allow room for a pudding, but you will never leave the table hungry, I'm sure.
I did wonder if the bar etc could all do with a coat of paint, but on reflection, would you lose the slightly jaded, but comfortable weariness old pubs can feel at times? What is more important, I think was cutlery, china, tables et al were clean and the staff very welcoming.
I have no idea whether an evening meal would be busier and staff less able to cope, so that is my excuse for returning to The Crown one night to find out!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2014

An interesting venue...

Very much felt like a "Local pub for local people"...We entered the bar and were told to wait very nicely whilst a table was readied for us upstairs...we did this and had a drink whilst we did so.... and only waited about 20 minutes before being summoned...

However...to get to the restaurant upstairs, you must first circumnavigated local people having local drinks at their local table in the middle of the room...this is not a question of just walking round, this is a squeezing by and moving of chairs all done very nicely, but a quirky way to begin...you then mount a beautiful spiral staircase to get to the restaurant. .


The restaurant itself was slightly dated in its decor, conjuring up images of places visited in the late 80s, but the ambience was nice and the staff very friendly

The menu itself promised great things, with huge attention to detail, the origins of the meat used being displayed on one of the pages..

Freshly cooked bread rolls, were served with salted butter (personally can't abide this trend for unsalted, but then I am informed I am just a grumpy unrepentant old git).

There was a large party already seated, which is always interesting as it's a fair way of seeing how well an establishment copes when under pressure. (the answer by the way, is they didn't).

We waited 15 minutes for our order to be taken, we were in no hurry, but it's worth noting. Another 15 minutes transpired between finishing our starters and them being cleared, then another half an hour before our mains. But as I said, we were in no hurry, so it was not a massive issue for us. unfortunately the large party was not so happy, and having waited an hour for their mains they decamped en masse! I can sympathise, but for me, anger is always overidden by hunger..

The waiting staff were working very hard,but capacity Of the kitchen clearly did not match that of the restaurant. The fault ultimately is down to the management of the service, as they should be controlling the flow of orders to the kitchen.

Our mains arrived accompanied with profuse apologies, we went on to desert, with the by now expected 20 minute wait... all in all from arrival to leaving we were there just under 3 hours...which is value for money if you think about it as an hourly rate....not sure my view was shared though ...


As to the food...We had Bang bang chicken to start (Beautiful...encapsulated in a perfect tempura batter..succulent, moist chicken..good side garnish excellent sweet chilli sauce) and Deep fried Whitebait (Fresh tasting, crisp breadcrumbs, tender fish, perfect!)

For mains..
Jimmy Butlers slow roasted pork belly, (Crisp crackling, tender pork, beautiful sauce, rhubarb icecream works well. side of veg was good but carrots had the taste of offness about them ;-( ),
ordered Onion rings as well, little disappointing, not quite cooked.

My partner had slow braised Cornish lamb kleftico (Good...proper mash, but slightly dry...had that texture you can usually only get with a really good micro-waving. More seasoning required
Lamb a little dry.)

I was specifically asked to add the comment "meh" to the thoughts on the mains.

Overall...ok, but not fantastic.

Toilets are an interesting experience...it's obvious the owners have really put a lot of thought into creating the "local hostelry" experience...clearly from the split panels on both the inner door and door to the WC cubicle alcohol has played a part in someone reinacting Karate Kid, either that or they were role playing Jack Nicholson from the Shining. The decor is tired and screams local pub, I mean I know it is, but this is local boozer loo boiled down, distilled and perfected.

The faded green and chipped paint on the floor was a nice touch, but I particularly liked the piss on the toilet seat and yellow puddle on the floor. You could not buy this sort of authenticity. I was slightly disappointed to return to my seat having not been accosted buy the on-duty drunk. Theme pubs eh... Tsk. Details, people details.


They have my sympathy but admiration, the food overal had hints if greatness, but let down in the overall delivery and end point consumption.


Cheeseboard

Nice selection of cheeses...
A local chutney would have been perfection.

Stilton was perfect, creamy, salty wonderful texture

Brie was several days off being sufficiently ripe...it was more rubbery than loverly...

Belgian dark chocolate really good
Raspberry Coolio and white chocolate a wonderful combination

Coffee was delightful.


overal...this was a "could have been a contender",,,a nearly ran...it could be great.

give it a go...it just might be.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Lovely, cosy rooms, correctly cleaned daily. Quiet area in a pretty village off the main road. Good breakfast food when required. Highly recommended for any traveller. Free parking and local shop. Main road access is easy.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Buckie, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Staying in the Dairy gave us the best of both worlds use of the pub (great food) and then peace of the cottage
We were joining family for Christmas all of whom live within 18 mile radius so had the best of times noise of the day peace in the evenings !!!!

Room Tip: we stopped in the dairy and it was super
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Crown Hotel
Address: 12 Crown Road, Mundford, Thetford IP26 5HQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Thetford > Mundford
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mundford
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Crown Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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