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“Fabulous birthday :)” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bildeston Crown

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The Bildeston Crown
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bildeston
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous birthday :)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

We booked the Sunday dinner bed and breakfast deal and we're not disappointed. The food here is absolutely fabulous, wine list is superb and staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. It was very quiet on a Sunday, so a little music in the bar/restaurant would have improved the atmosphere ...or maybe they just need better marketing?! Because otherwise, it is second to none on the food stakes. Would thoroughly recommend :) xxx

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

We had the tasting menu this evening and it was fabulous. Everything was presented like a work of art. We tried things we have never tasted before and each plate contained tastes and colours to delight. The service was attentive and informative without being intrusive. It was expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

Room Tip: We didn't stay the night so cannot comment on the rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

A party of us went to the Bildeston Crown for an evening meal. Knowing it was expensive before we went, we were expecting something out of the ordinary from other places we have visited. But it really wasn't.
Firstly, the food is extremely over priced! Yes it's nice, but you could get it anywhere else similar for half the price. Starters were around £8 and mains anything from £15-£30!
One of our party ordered steak, and asked for it medium rare, but when it came out it was the toughest steak she had ever come across! It's not just the steak quality that was appalling. Instead of it coming with chips, they asked if they could have a medium salad. Bildeston Crown's answer to a medium salad is a thimble of lettuce leaves.
The service wasn't that great either. The waiting staff often came across as rude and snobbish.
We will not be returning to The Crown anytime soon.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

From the moment we began planning this Celebration of my late Father-in-Law's life, we knew we were in good hands. Every detail was meticulously and sensitively catered for with professionalism and style. The canapés and buffet provided were exquisite and delectable. The service staff looked after our family and friends with smooth efficiency, never letting a glass run dry throughout the welcoming champagne toast. We were accommodated very generously in all manner, and The Crown team helped us all to find solace in wonderful food, in beautiful surroundings, with charm and grace, in the midst of saying a fond farewell to a dear loved one. Quite a few of our party stayed in rooms during their visit, and remarked on the comfort in the rooms, as well as the world-class quality of the menu.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Myself and a small party of eight visited Ingrams restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was not the first time we have visited The Bildeston Crown, but it was our first visit to Ingrams.
There was a little confusion about the menu choices surrounding some guest's dietary requirements, but the staff were eager to please and quickly resolved them. The food was delivered by highly competent staff, who demonstrated a good knowledge of the dishes; they took great care to point out the various key ingredients and announced them with a flourish and elegant hand gestures. Everyone enjoyed the meal, the quality was exceptional, and the service was swift and efficient. The building is beautiful, and proudly displays its heritage and history. It is warm and welcoming, as was the welcome we received. The overall ambience of Ingrams was perfect for the occasion, together with first class treatment, a private lounge area for pre-drinks and a beautifully presented table in a relaxing and tranquil setting. We will visit again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

We (the Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley) held our annual Christmas meal at the Bildeston Crown and it was definitely our best to date. The staff were very attentive without being obtrusive. The meal itself was excellent and of very high quality. Overall a very pleasurable experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed at the Bildeston Crown on a Tuesday, in one of the 3 spacious 'luxury' rooms (room 6), with a super king sized bed. It was nicely decorated, with furniture and art that complemented the beams and old fireplace (not in use). The room faced the road, but we were not disturbed, as the village is fairly quiet.
The restaurant is good, with a fine dining area and a classics restaurant, with a nice bar that has a big working fireplace.
Breakfast was very good and had a good selection of freshly cooked options, along with cereal, and toast. Large pots of Tea, coffee and Orange juice were provided.
Staff are friendly and very helpful.
We did the deal where the room is half price if you have the select tasting menu for dinner. It was very good!
The hotel is situated in the heart of the lovely Suffolk countryside, in a nice little village.

Room Tip: Room 6 is spacious and 'period', with a huge super king bed.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: The Bildeston Crown
Address: 104 High Street, Bildeston, Babergh District IP7 7EB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Babergh District > Bildeston
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bildeston
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bildeston Crown 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bildeston Crown is a 15th century former coaching inn set in a Suffolk village and owned by a local farmer/businessman and managed by Chris and Hayley Lee. The restaurant is one of only two in Suffolk with AA 3 rosettes and the hotel, with its 12 luxury en suite double/twin bedrooms, is rated AA 3 stars. Locally sourced produce is used whenever possible including Red Poll beef and lamb from the owners’ neighbouring farm. Accolades include “Taste of England” Gold in the 2010 tourism awards and representing Suffolk in “The Hairy Bikers’ Tour of Britain” 2009. ... more   less 
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