We are Australians who spend a few months every year or two coming back to the same area of Suffolk. Bildeston Crown is one of the treats we look forward to. 5 years ago we got married there - last weekend we had my husband's 70th birthday there. Both involved dinner and most of the guests staying too. Even though the management has changed since we were last there, it continues to be terrific. Everyone friendly and helpful, chef and service superb, rooms and general ambience delightful - all details immaculate. A little piece of living history in this 400 year old building in a village in Suffolk. Only flaw was in the computer backup for billing etc - which was less than modern! Check out took ages - because none of the dinners or bar bill had been shared and then added to rooms from night before (as management & I had organised days before). First guest couple left having only paid for their room & and had to be called to pay the rest over the phone later as they drove home. Next guest couple left having been over charged because desk failed to apply Sunday night special when adding on their (paper) dinner and bar bills to their room. Next - my turn - took half an hour to sort it all out. An investment in proper IT to support the service would turn an excellent experience into a superlative one!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Bildeston Crown Hotel Bildeston
- Bildeston Crown Ipswich
- The Bildeston Crown Suffolk