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The Angel Inn
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

booked for two night short break,wished we could have stayed longer,lovely rural location with plenty of stunning countryside footpath walks,very friendly staff,wonderful hotel with wooden beamed rooms charm,a must close by day out ls Dedham with river walks and boat hire to lazily row yourselves along,then back to hotel for an enjoyable meal,highly recommend

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

A two night stay in a lovely spot, with pleasant service from arrival to departure, and beyond! From the outset, all staff were friendly and helpful, without being obsequious.
We dined in the first evening, and were so pleased with the classic english menu choices that despite a wealth of alternatives in the area, we dined in again the second evening.
Breakfast was hearty and fortifying for a day's cycling, at the end of which, our bicycles were taken and locked up for us in the hotel laundry room.
One tiny gripe might be that the breakfast sausages were not of the highest quality, being a little gristly, but still distinctly better than catering pap, and not so as to mar the overall enjoyment of the breakfast, in which the duck egg was superb.
The bedroom was not huge, but very clean and comfortable. At night it was somewhat warm, it being August. However, all one had to do to achieve breezy relief was to switch on the electric fan that had been thoughtfully provided!
After arriving home, we realised we had left a laptop PSU behind. This was posted straight away, free of charge! (As had I been until the return of said item.)
I would not hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JacquelineC01
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

The room was comfortable and quiet. The room as recently decorated to a good standard. The bathroom needed a bit of improvement however, as it had apparent watermarks over the wall paper and the shower water pressure was a bit low. The meals were very good and the staff looked after us very well. One tiny quibble at breakfast time would be that the toast would have been much nicer if it wasn't sliced bread. The village is very pretty and the church is well worth visiting.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Darzet-Walkers
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

The Angel Inn has a welcoming ambience and a very cared for look. While the décor is traditional many stylish contemporary flourishes give it a modern boutique hotel feel. The bedrooms have some tasteful designer touches which partner well with the timbered walls. A friendly girl showed us our room. It overlooked the pub garden at the back and a lovely old tree, strung with lights. Because it was in the older part of the inn there was a ‘Mind your head’ reminder handpainted over the low entrance door, then inside, over the bathroom door as well. Though the doors were low, head height in the room was normal. As well as the timbered walls, some pleasing little touches gave it an individual feel; like a fresh flower, a footstool, a folding Chinese screen propped against the wardrobe and a small ladder for draping clothes over against the wall. The hospitality tray was generously stocked, as were the bathroom toiletries. There was a proper box of tissues on the dressing table and a real hairdryer in the drawer.
The pub garden below emptied early evening and we had a great night's sleep with the sash window well down. There was no noticeable traffic noise overnight.
Breakfast the next day was first rate. Besides the usual buffet of cereals and pastries, cooked breakfasts were to order. These included kippers, smoked salmon and freshly made pancakes served with summer fruits. We opted for the full English or ‘Angelic’ as it is called here. Someone at a table nearby had the pancakes and these came with a wooden platter of beautifully prepared summer fruits.
Our Angelic was perfection and obviously locally sourced. It was a winner for presentation and taste, and the best cooked breakfast we had over our four days in East Anglia. A pleasant young server looked after us well and her stock response to any requests seemed to be “Course you can.” The dining room was beautifully furnished and gleaming, like the rest of the inn. I’d have no hesitation in recommending the Angel and can’t wait to stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We have just returned from a long weekend to the Angel and stayed on one of their DB&B deals over Friday and Saturday, a very good deal considering there are no meal supplements on the menu, you can choose whatever you like. We had a very warm welcome right from the start and an offer to carry our bags to the room.

Room 6 is quirky with lots of beams and character, but to be avoided, if possible, if you are over 6ft tall as the entrance door and the door to the ensuite shower room - no bath - are both of restricted headroom. Walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night could be a real 'stars in your eyes' moment if you forget to duck! In fairness, I'm around 5'9" and had to duck my head everytime but didn't bang my head once. Other than that the bedroom was comfortable and clean with a very comfortable bed and the normal tea & coffee facilities. A packet of biscuits would be a nice touch but I wouldn't mark it down for that.

There is one window that overlooks the courtyard but remember to pull the blind down when getting changed as it also overlooks the kitchen!!

The shower pressure was a little low but James, the manager, confirmed that all bedrooms are to undergoe a refurbishment with pumped showers to all rooms in the near future.

We ate in the bar on the friday night; very attentive staff and very good food. It was refreshing to see restaurant staff who seemed to be really enjoying their jobs.

Breakfast in the morning was informal but with all hot food cooked to order. My wife made the mistake of ordering the Angelic Breakfast which was substantial enough to save me buying lunch! I had the eggs benedict which was very good although the hollandaise was a bit weak for my palette.

Dinner on the staurday night was taken in the restaurant itself, a lovely room with an old water well feature in one corner. Again, good service and good food. And a good wine list too, all passable wines at a sensible price with a few good ones at less sensible, but market level, prices.

Maybe its just me, but everytime I looked aorund staff were either serving or cleaning (the place is spotless) but all had a smile on their face.

A good location for visiting the area's attractions although we travelled a bit further afield to Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Framlingham etc, but it was so pleasant to come back to a welcoming room, a friendly face and a good gin & tonic.

Room Tip: Room 6 is not the best for tall people!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

Following a change in management and a drop in beer prices, The Angel is getting back to the happy, friendly pub it used to be.
I have not stayed as I live locally, but I have seen the rooms and they are clean and well presented. The bar area has a new fresh look, whilst keeping the traditional feel, and the choice of ales has improved with the addition of a third ale.
The food has also improved in quality and value with specials from £6.25.
Staff attitude also appears to have improved with friendly helpful service.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank divedart
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

Visited for a meal in July. Service was just about adequate although somewhat disorganised and not particularily interested in us. Half of the dishes on the menu were unavailable and the food took ages to arrive. When it did it was, at best, so so.
I remember this pub when it was one of the greats. Sadly those days are long gone.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank FoodHound50
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Address: Polstead Street | Stoke by Nayland, Stoke by Nayland, Babergh District CO6 4SA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Babergh District > Stoke by Nayland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Stoke by Nayland
Price Range: $93 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Angel Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Packed full of character, AA have awarded The Angel Inn with 5 stars and a Great British Breakfast Award as well as an AA Rosette for its fine dining. It is a traditional Grade II 16th Century Suffolk coaching inn with open fires, original brickwork and oak beams. It is a typical "Old English" country pub restaurant downstairs offering fantastic food in a stunning setting with six beautifully styled boutique bedrooms, all set in the heart of Constable country. Within easy reach of Colchester and Ipswich via the A12 which is a 5 minute drive. It is owned by Exclusive Inns who also own The Anchor at Nayland and also the Swan Inn at Monks Eleigh. ... more   less 
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