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The Bildeston Crown


104 High Street

Contact Details

Tel: 01449 740510Fax: 01449 741843


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) For further information visit:


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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£70.00 to £225.00 per room per night for bed & breakfast

  • Building of historical interest
  • Public house/Inn
  • Private parking
  • American Express accepted
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Christmas special programme
  • Fishing
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Pony trekking/horse-riding
  • Shooting