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Crowned one of the best

This month Bounce Magazine were invited to stay for dinner, bed and breakfast at The Crown Hotel in Southwold, here’s what we thought…

“As I have lived ten minutes away from Southwold for most of my childhood, Southwold is somewhere I have regularly visited, however I have never booked in for an overnight stay, well why would I when my house was a car ride away! So after being given the opportunity to, I literally jumped at the chance, especially when I was informed we could take our Norfolk terrier ‘Archie’.

As we entered The Crown through the rear car park, my partner and I could hardly wait to throw down our bags when we saw the cosy back bar, for a pint of much needed Ghostship!

It was wet outside, a dreary, miserable day, the perfect day to indulge in some luxury, and our jaw dropping room was just the luxury we needed, providing welcome touches such as little wooden sailing boats on the bathroom shelves, stylish Anglepoise bedside lights and bright, cosy throws on the crisply sheeted, comfortable beds. Oh and even little Archie had his own dog bowl, complete with treats and a blanket, which was a lovely little touch.

We stayed in room number four, which was a suite, well a tardous in my opinion! The room included a hallway, dressing area, living room, bedroom and shower room, however the highlight for me was the bath in the bedroom perfectly situated in front of the TV.

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On this occasion I decided not to be unsociable and spend my evening by the TV, so my partner and I headed down to the back bar for a pint and then trotted off to Adnams Warehouse, well… when in Southwold!

We sampled a few of the delights on offer such as ‘the worlds best Vodka’ the Adnams Gin and some liquors. With rather fuzzy heads we went back to our room and enjoyed some time in the living room area of the suite, before we got ready and headed down to dinner.

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There’s informal as well as formal dining here, but for a real buzz the vast brasseriestyle Front Bar is where it’s at! The Front Bar and Green Room dining areas are both hugely popular meeting places for locals, including notables such as Craig Brown and other writers and artists.

Whether you opt for the bar or the restaurant, expect modern food with lots of eclectic ideas and local seafood in abundance. Dishes such as seared scallops with warm potato salad or breast of duck with a wild garlic potato cake, while desserts might range from rhubarb and custard mousse to dark chocolate ganache tart with marmalade ice cream.

To start I selected the spinach and ricotta pasta parcel whilst my partner had steamed mussels. For our main, both of us were tempted to have the steak, twice baked chips and trimmings. It was cooked perfectly and priced well.

As for drink you would naturally expect quality here. The full Adnams wine list is awesome in its breadth and individuality, and there’s the added prospect of exploring more than 20 top tipples by the glass. It’s an exceptional, highly distinctive and informative tome, with temptations on every page. You can sample before you choose too!

After a wonderful evening and good night sleep it was time for breakfast. With our morning papers we sat in the Front Bar with our full English breakfasts and glasses of Bucks Fizz, the perfect way to see off a wonderful stay.

During the afternoon we also checked out The Crowns sister hotel (just up the road) called The Swan, both are owned by Adnams, the private, family-run brewery and wine merchant, a lovely place to visit for afternoon tea!

We enjoyed our stay so much along with our family we will be heading back over the Christmas period.
The Crown is featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide for more information: Address: 90 High St, Southwold IP18 6DP
Phone:01502 722275

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