High Five! Good Food Guide 2019 – The Bildeston Crown in Suffolk’s Top Three

September 6, 2018

It is another good year for The Bildeston Crown with a repeat cooking score of 5 in the recently launched Good Food Guide 2019. This means that the inn is considered by the inspectors to be in the top three restaurants in Suffolk!

Congratulations to all the 17 Suffolk restaurants recognised but in particular Tuddenham Mill which has maintained its cooking score of 6 and remains the one to beat! This is the highest score for Suffolk but it closely followed by The Bildeston Crown and also Maison Bleue receiving a cooking score of 5.

There are also some great comments in the review :

“Bildeston grew prosperous on the wool trade in the 15th century, when the timber-framed house that is now the Crown was built as a look-at-me merchant’s dwelling. It would be another couple of centuries before it became a coaching inn, and another 400 years before Hayley and Chris Lee turned up with big ideas. Sun-splashed courtyards and toasty corners by the brick fireplace cater for all seasons, while Chris makes his own weather with cooking that embraces classics such as fish and chips with tartare sauce, as well as more venturesome offerings. In the latter camp, expect seared scallops with cauliflower and apple, quail and duck liver with turnip boulangère, and a winning duo of Brixham sea bass and braised oxtail made vivid with rainbow chard. Artful desserts include a meringue-garnished lemon and sesame tart with lemon sorbet, or Cox’s apple galette with clove ice cream. House French is £17.50.”

Chef/Patron Chris Lee is very happy with the score of 5: “I’m absolutely delighted to be recognised as a “Top Three” Suffolk restaurant. Thank you to the team for all their hard work and support in keeping us at the top. Thank you also to everyone who sent in comments to the Guide. We could not do it without you.”

The Good Food Guide is the annual guidebook to the best restaurants in the UK which has been going since 1951 and is now published by Waitrose. A cooking score of 5 reflects “Exact cooking techniques, balance and depth of flavour. A degree of ambition.”