We enjoyed our stay here so much the last two times we visited, that we seized on a family occasion as an excuse to return.
Everything lived up to our expectations. A very friendly and personal welcome, immaculate and well appointed room (with french windows onto a beautiful patio). The shower is huge and fantastic. Fresh milk is provided to go with your coffee and tea when you arrive and all are topped up when requested. In fact ours was brought to our room while we dined.
Our meal was excellent. We chose the mini starter - a perfect little serving of hot smoked salmon and creme fraiche with chives, followed by dressed crab with lemon mayonnaise for me and stuffed chicken breast for my companion. Both were served with a bowl of perfect french fries. We were too full for dessert.
Breakfast was equally good, and filling. We had two courses, starting with yoghurt, honey and banana scattered with seeds, and muesli, yoghurt and fruit compote (home made and luscious). We followed with bubble and squeak (with bacon bits - lovely) and fried eggs, and two poached eggs, sausage, black pudding, tomato (the best I've tasted in a long time) and mushroom. I skipped the bacon as it was such a huge plateful, but even then the remains of the sausage and black pudding defeated me, resulting in a surprise gift for our local fox. All this accompanied by toast and home made jam.
Neither of us was able to eat lunch on our return home! Just beginning to fancy something for supper.
Can't recommend The Crown highly enough. It's quite simply one of the best places we've stayed. The couple at the next table to us, who had stayed three nights, declared it to be "a hidden gem". And I mustn't forget the garden - it's beautiful.
- 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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