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The Crown Inn, Suffolk, review

This 16th century inn and Good Pub Guide staple is a countryside haven for foodies.

Read on to find out more about the best dishes on the menu and what the rooms are like.

The rooms come in Good, Better, or Even Better guise

Where is The Crown?

The inn is nestled in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – otherwise known as Constable Country, after the famous painter.

It’s a stone’s throw from Lovejoy land, with Long Melford, Clare and Lavenham on the doorstep – the latter is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Britain, where the half-timbered cottages were the backdrop for Ian McShane’s hit BBC show.

What is The Crown like?

An 11-bedroom purpose-built annex to the pub opened in 2009 and was recently revamped by new owners.

The space feels warm with a typical pub ambience – expect roaring fireplaces and cosy nooks.

What is there to do at The Crown?

The Crown is undoubtedly the best place to eat in the area, but you also get to enjoy all the countryside on your doorstep, and have a great pint of beer afterwards.

The 19th century painter John Constable immortalised the rolling fields around the banks of the River Stour in his iconic landscapes and the very spot where the Hay Wain drove into the water at Flatford is just 15 minutes away.

Previous owner Richard Sunderland worked for a local wine merchant, and the 250-strong wine list is still one of the best in the area.



What is there to eat and drink at The Crown?

There is no better place to eat locally for quality.

It offers fresh produce made with award winning flair, that doesn’t betray its roots as a traditional pub.

We spent an afternoon warming up for dinner on the terrace with bubble and squeak croquettes and beetroot, sun blush tomato, olive and crispy halloumi salad with raspberry and pomegranate dressing.

We then went for the daily fish board – locally caught on the Suffolk and Norfolk coast.

Pan fried seabass fillet came served with king prawns, chorizo, new potatoes, samphire, wild mushrooms, capers and garlic butter.

The roasted smoked haddock fillet arrived with seared scallop, roasted carrots, new potatoes, heritage fine beans, curly kale and truffle hollandaise.

We just about left room for a pecan and bourbon tart with coffee ice cream, white chocolate snow and raspberry gel paired with blueberry creme brulee and homemade shortbread.

What are the rooms like at The Crown?

The rooms come in Good, Better, or Even Better guise, featuring comfy beds, tastefully neutral decor, monsoon showers and epic views over the surrounding fields.

You check in at the bar as it’s a proper Inn not a Travelodge. Dogs are welcome too. 

How much is The Crown?

Double bedrooms from £131 per night. Click here to book or call 01206 262001.

Is The Crown family-friendly?

Yes. Although there aren’t specific family rooms, additional beds can be added if you call in advance.

Is there access for guests with disabilities?

There is a ground floor bedroom that had facilities for wheelchair users.

Looking for a place to stay? For more hotel inspiration click here.

the 250-strong wine list is still one of the best in the area
There is no better place to eat locally for quality, offering fresh produce
The inn is nestled in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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