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4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Old Homes road, Thorpeness IP16 4FE, England
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The Dolphin Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Thorpeness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a find! A lovely pub serving good food with great value rooms compared to other establishments in the area. There is a lovely community feel to this pub. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful.

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Essex
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here just before Xmas 13 and had a nice stay. Stayed for two nights between Xmas and new year just gone. Had room 1 not out of choice. This is a noisy room!! It's directly over the main entrance and the bar so the noise from there is loud and annoying. The bed is also directly against the wall... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for all your comments, in Thorpeness we are very lucky to be an attractive destination in both the summer months for those seaside holidays and over the festive season for traditional country breaks. Thorpeness is a unique small sea side village that has an active local community as well as being a budding tourist destination with... More 

St Ives, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called in on New Years Eve just for a drink as the restaurant was fully booked. As always we received a very friendly welcome and on learning that we had found it impossible to find anywhere to eat they offered to cook us a meal even though they were obviously totally full with diners celebrating New Years Eve. In... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Unfortunately we inherited the rooms and as it is a major undertaking to physically change the layout of the bathroom we are slowly renovating the rooms, bathrooms and including showers. Hopefully next time you visit us all this work... More 

Tervuren, Belgium
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights having never visited Suffolk before, following a recommendation from Sawday's. I can't say enough about how wonderful our stay was. There are only 3 bedrooms above the pub, very cosy room with pine furniture and a lovely window seat. It's located a 2 minute walk from the sea and from the fairy tale centre... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The rooms were inherited from the previous tenant and as is a major undertaking to physically change the layout of the bathroom we are slowly renovating the rooms, bathrooms and trying to include showers difficult because of the angle of... More 

Norwich
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We stayed here for one night in. October, had a great time. Food, service and staff all very good. Room very comfortable, unfortunately the guy in the next room kept flushing the toilet at night, but I guess we were just unlucky here. Would stay here again.

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay despite your neighbour, we certainly enjoyed having you stay with us, thank you and now we all look forward to your next stay. More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Stayed at the nearby Dune House recently. Nice walk along the beach to The Dolphin. Ate here on the Saturday evening and had a really great night. Great service, pubby feel, nothing was a problem. They even let us take our part eaten pate jars away with us on the basis that we brought them back the next day, which... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

A big thank you for your comments, it always great to get feedback as we are proud of our service and product. Our store is very important to our little village supplying a lot of essentials to our permanent residents and those on holiday including welcome baskets, daily newspapers, milk, bread, croissants etc. For some of our elderly residents it... More 

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We booked the Dolphin by chance as we wanted to stay somewhere near Minsmere the RSPB reserve, what a find, we stayed in a lovely clean comfortable room the only drawback being it was not possible to stand and shower because of the shape of the room we had to kneel in the bath and hold the shower head or... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay; we are taking the time to slowly renovate the rooms, bathrooms and including showers in some of them. Hopefully next time you visit us this work will be completed so please ask for a room with a shower and we will do our best to accommodate you if one is... More 

Freeport, Florida
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Family lunch at the Dolphin on Sunday, October 5th was extremely disappointing to say the least. Five of us ordered the "roast pork" which was more like a thick chunk of pork belly, rather than sliced roast pork. It was fatty and tough as well, and we all left a substantial portion on our plates. The Dolphin needs to describe... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

I’m very sorry to hear that your visit was not an enjoyable one, our “Roast and Crumble” offer available every Sunday is a very popular one, so much so that booking is recommended to avoid disappointment and you probably noticed that we were very busy.We print our menu's every week depending what is available from our local butcher although we... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If it is a pint of beautiful Adnams bitter and a fabulous lunch look no further than the Dolphin at Thorpeness near Aldeburgh. On a dry day sit in the garden and if you have dogs they are welcome. The smoked salmon sandwiches were very good value and the pate is definitely recommended ! We visit there every summer and... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the comments, In Thorpeness we are very lucky to be an attractive destination in both the summer months for those seaside holidays and country breaks in the winter. Our garden, with plenty of benches and tables to choose from and enough space for children and dogs to run about is perfect for those warm... More 

Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

There are so many excellent pubs in this part of Suffolk that those of us who live there or only visit are really spoiled for choice. What I want is a pubby pub, not some Farrow & Ball temple of cool. But it must have decent food, something more than fish and chips and steak pie. Well, the Dolphin hits... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

I am delighted to hear you enjoyed visiting us, what a glowing review, we have great team working in the Dolphin and so a big thank you from all of us and we look forward to seeing you again. More 

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Address: Old Homes road, Thorpeness IP16 4FE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Thorpeness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dolphin Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
The Dolphin Hotel Thorpeness
The Dolphin Inn Thorpeness, Suffolk

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