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“A wonderful, much needed mini break”
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The Crown & Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orford
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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“A wonderful, much needed mini break”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

We have just returned from our first visit to The Crown & Castle in Orford. Although we know the area well, we hadn't stayed there before, but heard good things about it from others. We were certainly not disappointed. On arrival, we were offered a lovely room in the main house which had come free. It was bright, spacious, beautifully decorated and had lovely views towards the church and the village square. Little details such as fresh milk in a mini flask for tea and yummy biscuits add to the overall enjoyment. Dinner was a fun experience. We had three courses from the al carte menu, which was both innovative and at the same time, committed to using fine local produce. I loved by Asian belly pork with salty, chilli laced dipping sauce, combined with an oriental style coleslaw, including mango and caramelised cashew nuts. My husband loved his hot salad nicoise with gurnard and the hot salty caramel fondue with fruits and madeleines for dessert. We chose an excellent Montagny, a bargain at £24.50. Breakfast was also superb, we went for our favourite, Eggs Benedict, wonderful eggs and sauce. We'll definitely be back!

Room Tip: Room 3 in the house is very bright and spacious.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
It's really good to have feedback from first-time guests as it isn't sullied by previous experience, good or bad! We are delighted you enjoyed your free upgrade to a Best House village view double and the food. Thank you very much for posting this report.
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Although we visited this hotel in the middle of February and Ruth Watson would prefer reviews written within 28 days, I hope she would not mind on this occasion as we enjoyed it even more the second time we visited. The restaurant remains excellent with local produce and imaginative cooking. We had a room in the main house again; this time with a panoramic view, more biscuits and a much improved bathroom! We were so sorry that we could not stay longer than 2 nights and will be back again.

Room Tip: We have always stayed in the main house and think these rooms are just great.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
To explain the otherwise mysterious comment that Ruth Watson prefers reviews within 28 days, this refers to a small piece I wrote about TripAdvisor in which I said I thought the way to clean up the problems mooted about the site was a) to drop off reports over 2 years old as management/ownership could easily have changed and/or the hotel could have had a complete makeover in that period; b) make sure all reviews were posted under a real name and email address to avoid phoney reports from people who had never stayed; and c) insist on reports being posted within a 28-day period so they again can be tracked and, more importantly, mirror the current state of the hotel, not something experienced a year before.
That said, thank you very much for the generous review especially about the food. And we are glad you like the revamped bathroom(s). We do try!
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Berkshire
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Stopped for lunch and couldn't have had a more warm a welcome.; service excellent. Food fantastic - especially the crab & leek on toast and the potted shrimp.

if you only ever have one creme brulee before you die - have it here! Fabulous!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
It's particular nice to get a lunch review because I am sure a lot of people think we only serve 'proper' food. We know our 'smart pub lunch' is popular and, hopefully, it's because the food is casual but cooked with as much care as the a la carte in the evening. Anyway, who can resist really good fish and chips! Thank you very much for this report and we hope to see you again soon.
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Rochford, Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2012

Home from a fantastic and relaxing Easter weekend at our favorite place.

Once again the accomodation was great, the food and wine never dissappoint and the staff are the icing on the cake.

The atmosphere is relaxed and the sevice outstanding, a perfect balance.

Tim, David and all the restaurant staff worked tirelessly over a busy weekend, as I'm sure the people behind the scenes did, you should all be very proud.

Finally, thank you for all the Easter treats although the bunny finding was the highlight!

Can't wait for the next time.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Thank you so much for staying with us. We are really delighted you enjoyed your Easter sojourn and that the Easter Bunny has gone to a good home!
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Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2012

I'd had a stressful week. I needed something to look forward to. A little treat away from home to draw a big fat line under the tribulations of work and prepare me mentally to enjoy a bank holiday weekend at home. A nice place to stay, good food and wine and somewhere that wouldn't mind if the dog came too. It shouldn't be too much to ask, should it? I set about Googling, more in hope than expectation. Then I found this place. And it had a special offer. I phoned, thinking there was no chance rooms would still be available at such short notice, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they could accommodate us and the dog. After that the pleasant surprises just kept coming: the lovely warm greeting at reception, the fuss made of our almost-blind dog who could not have been made more welcome, the impeccable service by the friendly and helpful waiting staff, the delicious dinner, the fabulously comfortable room, the magnificent breakfast and the civilised check-out time. We just loved it. We're already planning to return.

Room Tip: We stayed in a garden room, because of the dog, but were in no way disadvantaged by this arrangement...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 10 April 2012
We are very pleased you found us and enjoyed your stay (with Max). Thank you so much for your very generous appreciation - we look forward to your staying with us again.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Lovely hotel, stayed in main house. Very good breakfasts, food cooked to order, evening meals also good. Beds very comfortable, good nights sleep. Orford is a nice village with small shops and nice work down to the water front. Try boat trip up the estuary.

Room Tip: We enjoyed having a room in the main house. Better house room was very spacious , with a nice large...
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 10 April 2012
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and glad you found Orford to your liking - it is a very special place, we agree!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2012 via mobile

We have been regular visitors to the C & C since they started. We endorse all the comments on its excellence made by our fellow visitors and feel that there is little more to be said. We can only add our admiring recognition of the high standards consistently maintained by management and staff. A truly remarkable hotel.

Stayed March 2012
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Timgm, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review, 10 April 2012
Thank you so much for your support and for recommending us to others. We try to maintain high standards if, inevitably, falling short on occasion. But we are grateful that you recognise what we are trying to do!
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Property: The Crown & Castle
Address: Market Hill, Orford IP12 2LJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Orford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Crown & Castle 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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