Best of the Best at The Bildeston Crown…
After a busy week, finally Friday had arrived and we were excited about what was to come.
We jumped in the car and ventured across the Suffolk countryside on a crisp spring evening, and I have to say what a great feeling it was.
Passing through the old wool towns of Lavenham and Hadleigh we arrive at Bildeston.
Our destination, The Bildeston Crown, a trendy yet traditional village local painted out in bold colours, stunning murals and lined with original timber frames.
This original 15th century coaching inn has been imaginatively refurbished to say the least.
Owners, Hayley and Chris ran the Crown for ten years, and decided to move on to a new challenge.
After an offer they couldn’t refuse from the previous owner, they decided to call it home once more and returned to the Crown to restore it to its shining glory, and that they certainly have.
Throughout the building all the lovely timber frames, original beams, and an inglenook fireplace survives, however the interiors are decorated in dark bold colours, stripped floorboards, amazing sofas (which my partner fell in love with) and a mixture of contemporary and traditional art on the walls. Our kind of place!
We were taken up to our room by one of the lovely team members, who made sure we had everything we needed to rest comfortably. She went out of her way to make us feel very welcome.
The bedrooms are extremely interesting; an oversized bed grabbed my attention immediately, overlooking a beamed wall, complete with a fixed flat screen TV and seating area to relax in.
Other rooms include a roll top bath, and one even has a four-poster bed.
After a short rest I was starting to get a little peckish, however I have to admit I was a little on the slow side getting ready for dinner (I am a woman after all). I sent my partner Sam down to the bar for a pre-drink so he wouldn’t get too restless!
Little did I know he would be hard to find, had he got lost in one of the many rooms? No he was in the courtyard enjoying a rum and ginger beer in the fresh air.
After joining him we headed back to the bar and met Hayley, whilst sipping on a few cocktails and browsing the menu.
What a menu we were presented with.
We were then shown to the dining room, where we presented with four hand made freshly-baked rolls with butter.
We devour them instantly and the best part is, I cannot wait for what is to come.
The menu offers a ‘Classic’ menu or a ‘Select’ menu and you can choose between the two.
After having much trouble deciding I went for The Bildeston Crown “All day breakfast” for my starter whilst Sam had the Quail Kiev, burnt onion puree & roasted plums. The dishes are so interesting, which I think makes all the difference when you are trying to stand out.
In-between the bread and the starter, we were also served a pre-starter of Pumpkin soup, which was delicious! I like the little touches The Bildeston Crown offered and the personal service we received from Hayley herself.
For my main course I could not resist the sound of the Red Poll cheese burger, with truffle mayo, salad & fries, which turned out to be one of the most delicious burgers I had eaten in ages!
Sam on the other hand went all out with the Roasted loin of Suffolk Venison with morels, wild garlic & crones. I know this must have been amazing as usually he lets me have a bite.
He did comment that it was incredibly tender and flavourful. As the food was perfectly timed and spaced (it is hard to believe) but we managed to find room for dessert!
Sam (the big chocolate lover,) went for the Chocolate Fondant with Chocolate ice cream, whilst I opted for something a little more refreshing with the Glazed lemon tart, marinated segments and lemon sorbet. It was just superb!
There was no room for anything further so after finishing our wine by the fire we headed up to bed.
After a wonderful sleep and a healthy breakfast it was time to wish The Bildeston Crown goodbye, however it wont be goodbye for long as it is definitely somewhere we want to venture back!