We have eaten at The Crown several times over the past year or so and held a post wedding reception there in May of this year; and have always been very happy. We were however disappointed with the service on Saturday 16th. The restaurant was very busy but main issues were - not enough menus, slow service (waited 25 minutes for main course plates to be cleared). Waiting staff were many and varied and seemed on the whole inexperienced - this may have contributed to the problem. Lady in charge seemed to avoid eye contact with us. Several diners were not happy and to their credit, we were given extra petit fours as some compensation for the wait. I write this as constructive criticism and in the hope my comments may be helpful. The food was very good, if not better than usual. We hope to visit again soon when we are in the area.
- 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 England - Suffolk