The Good Hotel Guide 2019 – The Bildeston Crown is one of the winners of the Editor’s Choice 2019 awards for Pub-with-Rooms

October 8, 2018

The Bildeston Crown has been chosen as one of just ten winners of the just published Good Hotel Guide, Editor’s Choice 2019 awards for Pub-with-Rooms and it is the only winner for this category in Suffolk.

This is what the Review says:
‘In a peaceful village near Lavenham’, this 15th-century former merchant’s house and coaching inn is ‘full of character, warm, intimate, relaxed’. It is run as their own business by Hayley and Chris Lee, manager and head chef. After a ‘super-friendly check-in’, Guide inspectors were shown to a room on the second floor, where ‘the low ceiling has lots of beams and the warning “Duck”’. Fresh milk was brought in a glass bottle. A ‘good-sized’ bathroom had a large bath and separate walk-in shower, with strong water pressure, ‘stylish soaps’. All rooms are ‘characterful and colourful’, with perhaps a playful touch – doggy wallpaper, a tartan carpet, one has an antique four-poster. In the candlelit restaurant, Chris Lee’s ‘interesting menus’ include such dishes as local pheasant Kiev; fish stew with aïoli; chargrilled Red Poll rump steak; Nedging lamb supplied by the building’s owner, James Buckle, local farmer and businessman. ‘A light, fluffy banoffee pie was the highlight.’ At breakfast ‘a bread basket arrived with a small, warm doughnut in the middle. Fresh orange juice was brought to the table. Eggs Florentine was delicious.’

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