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The Bildeston Crown
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bildeston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stayed in the Black Fuchsia room at The Crown, the bed is very comfortable, the bath is large and luxurious.

The room could not have been cleaner, which I was very impressed with. I did like the décor but I think the room could have had a bit more colour and also a few more cushions on the seating would have been nice.

The bathroom was very big and in very good condition.

The staff were very helpful and friendly which made the stay very nice for us.

We would certainly come back!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

My wife and I stayed here for our 53rd Wedding Anniversary and the buildings are beautiful, with large oak beams and open fireplaces in most Public Rooms and even in our Bedroom ! A great deal of money has been spent by the owner and local farmer, James Buckle, on making sure the Grade Two listed former Coaching Inn is top quality.
Our bedroom overlooked the High Street, but has secondary glazing, so no noise from traffic in the small village. The Bar, Dining Areas and Ingrams select Dining Room, all have general ambience.
We had the Eight Course Tasting Menu with eight different wines, all for £100.00. Unfortunately the wines were cheap and VERY small measures with not all matching the dishes perfectly. I would have preferred to pay more for better quality wines. The food however, was extremely good. Beautifully presented and tasty, apart from a very strange Cheese and Ham Toastie, which was served as a savoury before the dessert. It was accompanied by a good LB Taylors Port - the best wine of the evening ! Other wines were from Chile, Australia, South Africa and Italy.
Definitely a place to visit, but verging on expensive for a Village Pub ! I will go again, but order a bottle of decent white wine and half a bottle of excellent Claret to accompany the Tasting Menu instead of having the Wine Flight.
Only one other criticism - I had to remind the waitress on two separate occasions that a course had been served, but there was no cutlery on the table. With only 13 dining in the room, tyhis should have ben avoidable.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Had lunch here for my partners birthday with her parents, daughter and aunt and uncle.
The service, ambiance and food could not be faulted with a reasonable selection of dishes that catered for a cross section of tastes including our young daughter which is often a problem in michelin starred restaurants.
Steaks were cooked perfect to order and the fish dishes were excellent.and if I could be just a liitle critical the portions were a little on the small size considering the fairly high prices.
However that said, the quality could not be faulted and I guess in life you get what you pay for.
Wouild definitely go again, in fact we have already re-booked.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We know that the food is exceptionally good here, so we decided to stay overnight on this our third visit, to enhance the relaxation of the evening. Our room was beautiful and very comfortable. We took advantage of a 'deal' package for the room, dinner, bed and breakfast. We opted for the seven course tasting menu. This represents very good value if you take into account the work and fine ingredients that go into preparing and cooking all the dishes. We recommend it to all our friends. When visiting beautiful Suffolk, this is a great 'special treat' place.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Our first visit to the crown, an experience we thoroughly enjoyed. The food, wine, location and service where all superb. Suffolk has so many lovely restaurants - this is one of the best we have been to.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sara B
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

my family and i arrived on the 31 jan for a meal, we were escorted to a lovely cosy room with a wood fire burning, we had a drink then went through to dining room, very opulent and lovely table, waiters very attentive and polite, food was superb,well done chef,we are from scotland and if we lived here in bildeston we would defanetly eat here as often as we could.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

The Crown is heavenly! delicious food, comfortable restaurant and staff who know just how to make you feel relaxed.

The bedroom was a splendid suite with a huge bed in oak beamed room, complete with 17th century fireplace and 21st century plumbing and heating. The staff are so helpful and friendly it's a real pleasure to visit.
Can't wait to go again.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 the Suffolk village of Bildeston, one of the historic “wool towns” and just six miles from Lavenham. Known for its stylish yet relaxed accommodation, the inn has 12 en suite doubles, a 120 seater restaurant, private meeting room, bar area with open fire and a courtyard and terrace for al fresco dining . Food is an integral part of The Bildeston Crown experience and Chef Chris Lee, who owns the business with his wife Hayley, has an excellent reputation for his signature, innovative style. Quality produce, sourced primarily locally, is used when in season and diners can choose from a range of menus: Classics which features regular favourites, Select which changes with the seasons and also perhaps the ultimate dining experience – Chris Lee’s Tasting Menu. ... more   less 
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