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  • AA 3 Red Star Hotel
  • AA 3 Rosettes

Hotel with 13 rooms £70-£225 prpnb


The Bildeston Crown

The Bildeston Crown

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104 High Street,


When this Grade 2* listed former coaching inn was restored in 2003, Suffolk antique shops were scoured and local craftsmen sourced to create a very stylish hotel. All twelve en-suite double rooms have such unique characteristics and styles that you can visit again and again for a completely new experience.

In September 2015 Chris and Hayley Lee returned to The Bildeston Crown, the Suffolk inn they managed from 2003 – 2013, but this time it’s their own business.
The pair who had spent two years with the Chestnut Group were quite simply made an offer they could not refuse from The Bildeston Crown owner and local farmer James Buckle.

A bit of our history:

" In October 2008, The Bildeston Crown was named Best Small Suffolk Hotel" in the Tourism in Suffolk Awards and subsequently won the award in the category in the East of England Awards.

Food is an integral part of The Bildeston Crown experience and Chef Chris Lee is developing an excellent reputation for his innovative style.

" In September 2007 he was named by The Good Food Guide joint winner of the Up-and-coming chef award for the whole country.

" In the same month the restaurant was awarded the much coveted Three Rosettes by the AA making The Bildeston Crown now the only restaurants in Suffolk to have this status.

Facilities include an 80 seater restaurant; two private dining rooms (one of which has a marriage license); two bar areas; a lounge area with open fire; outside courtyards and 24 hour room service.

Quality produce sourced locally whenever possible and with much from the owners' own farm, is used when in season, to get the very best results. The eclectic menu at The Bildeston Crown caters for every taste. Vegetarian twists and seafood favourites are plentiful but the confirmed carnivore is most definitely in for a treat if not a difficult decision with the menus which change regularly. Classics features regular favourites; Select is a little more adventurous and at times really quite experimental and Crown Tasting is perhaps the ultimate dining experience at The Bildeston Crown. There is also a mid week set lunch menu.

The Bildeston Crown has attracted some very positive press comment from local and national media:

" Times reviewer Giles Coren "finds a place (The Bildeston Crown) so good, he recommends it without even eating there" when he apparently stumbled upon "the best little progressive kitchen in Suffolk" (Times 19 April 2008).

" The Evening Standard's Valentine Low summarised The Bildeston Crown as "This Suffolk pub takes its locally sourced food seriously", (Evening Standard 19 March 2008).

" David Hancock praises Chef Chris Lee for "cooking at the top of his game" in his round up of the 20 Best Gourmet Country Inns (Observer 13 July 2008)

Children welcomeTelephoneRadioTelevisionSatellite TVTea/coffee making in bedroomsLicenced (table or bar)Packed lunches providedSpecial diets availableLounge for residents' useLaundry/valet serviceNight porterPassenger liftIroning facilitiesConference facilitiesChristmas special programmeSnacks/afternoon teaPrivate parkingBuilding of historical interestDisabled facilitiesCentral heatingLaundry facilitiesElectric shaver pointsTelevision availableFishingPony trekking/horse-ridingShootingGolf available (onsite or nearby)Restaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedPublic house/InnDogs/pets accepted by arrangementVegetarian diet availableAmerican Express acceptedDesignated smoking areaWiFi or internet accessLeisure club (onsite or nearby)CD playerEvening mealsHairdryerHigh chairs availableCots availableReal log/coal firesStaff fluent in French

Children welcome from any age.


See location of The Bildeston Crown on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 993494  Lat: 52.10727 Long: 0.90904

By Road:
Bildeston is only about 10 minutes driving (on the A1141/B115) from Hadleigh. Hadleigh is about a 25 minute easy drive from both Colchester (on the A12) and Ipswich (on the A1071).
There is a drop-off point in the car park to facilitate disabled access.

By Public Transport:
Nearest stations are Manningtree, Ipswich and Stowmarket.

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  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • TelephoneTelephone
  • RadioRadio
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
  • Laundry/valet serviceLaundry/valet service
  • Night porterNight porter
  • Passenger liftPassenger lift
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
  • Christmas special programmeChristmas special programme
  • Snacks/afternoon teaSnacks/afternoon tea
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Disabled facilitiesDisabled facilities
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Laundry facilitiesLaundry facilities
  • Electric shaver pointsElectric shaver points
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • FishingFishing
  • Pony trekking/horse-ridingPony trekking/horse-riding
  • ShootingShooting
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Public house/InnPublic house/Inn
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • Designated smoking areaDesignated smoking area
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • Leisure club (onsite or nearby)Leisure club (onsite or nearby)
  • CD playerCD player
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires
  • Staff fluent in FrenchStaff fluent in French

Children welcome from any age.