We stayed at The Crown for a one night escape and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The rooms are in a separate building with a dedicated concierge service so this is definitely more than a 'pub with rooms'. The room - on the first floor - was light and airy and perfectly adequate. More chintzy than the ground floor rooms but thankfully without a surfeit of overstuffed cushions! Bathrooms are splendid and modern though with a tendency to form over function. The bath is a bit of a clamber. Hooray for big fluffy towels!
Dinner was excellent and prices extremely reasonable (there's probably nothing in it between taking DBB and BB - and paying for dinner separately). The dining areas were buzzing despite it being midweek. We liked the atmosphere. There's a sense of space and you can hear yourselves speak! The only downside was being seated right by the kitchens. Apparently (they said) some diners like to watch the bustle beneath the strip lights! We asked to be moved and had a lovely view over the pretty terrace and the countryside. Much more relaxing! Dishes are based on good quality ingredients, unfussy and very well presented. Lots of great fish.
Breakfast was superb and clearly not a culinary afterthought. The choice was excellent and once again everything was beautifully presented. Interestingly although we were the only guests from the hotel at that time the place was far from empty with groups of what appeared to be 'ladies who breakfast'.
If the 'country house' hotel isn't your thing and you want something fresher and more informal then The Crown might just be the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown Stoke by Nayland, was reopened in November 2003 after extensive refurbishment. The boutique Hotel which took twelve months to build was launched in September 2008. The Crown Stoke by Nayland, an historic privately owned village Inn has a reputation for making everyone feel welcome - without pretension - simply a passion for high standards, good service, food, wine and real ale. To complete the picture a boutique Hotel has been created - eleven stylish luxury en-suite bedrooms individually designed and furnished. ... more less
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