The Crown and Castle is ideally situated to explore the Suffolk coast. Orford Ness is a meander from the village, and Orford Castle is well worth a visit; Snape Maltings, Aldebrough and Thorpeness are also all in easy reach.
We managed to secure a one night deal for our anniversary and were allocated one of the ten garden rooms. We also managed to arrive early enough to get a parking space. We were met at reception by Ruth and David, who were friendly and welcoming. David showed us to our room, braving the ‘British summer’ to take our bag, explaining about the lack of mobile reception and the lack of satellite TV. From the outside it looked like our room was in a terrace of summer houses; inside it was an unpretentious, bright and airy room, simply decorated with a coarse carpet, a large bed and two armchairs. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate was available in the room, with fresh milk and an amazing box of Teoni’s cookies – which, without David’s warning, would easily have spoiled our appetite. My gratitude for well lined curtains - apparently promising a good night's sleep -was only diminished by the light which penetrated the blind at the front door and which woke me very early - eye masks are recommended! However, what a relief to find hypoallergenic bedding! The bathroom was adequate, with a good sized mirror and Arran Aromatics bath gel, soaps and shampoo.
From our rear window we could look across the garden (which had plenty of picnic benches for guests’ use, as well as a table and chairs on our veranda) and see Orford Castle. Dinner and breakfast are served in the main hotel building, and an umbrella was provided for us to get to the hotel in the dry (much appreciated in mid-July!) Aperitifs are served while you select from the menu – we were thrilled that there was a separate vegetarian menu available on request. They have a varied and good value wine list. Dinner began with an amazing sourdough bread from the Pump Street Bakery, and was finished with a very nice selection of cheese from Neal’s Yard (and when we asked to double up on the vegetarian cheeses as a replacement for the others, no one raised an eyebrow). The chocolate cake was superb! A serving of toast at breakfast also featured beautiful bread, and a pain au chocolat and croissant. The staff were friendly; the service relaxed, informal but efficient (and the menus featured nice explanations as to how the toast is served at breakfast – one of my chief bug bears - and why you are left to pour the wine.)
This is not a chic, city centre establishment, but a comfortable place to unwind at the weekend – and somewhere I’d happily recommend to friends and family alike.
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- Also Known As:
- The Crown & Castle Hotel Orford
- The Crown And Castle
- Crown Castle Woodbridge
- The Crown & Castle Orford, Suffolk