A really tough part of our job here at Bounce HQ is reviewing the areas finest hotels, eateries, events and activities. To start the New Year off, we revisit our top three highlights of 2016…
Our first highlight from 2016 had to be Ickworth House Hotel.
The hotel itself is unmistakably grand, all the high ceilings and aristocratic touches you’d expect of an 18th century ancestral home. The most striking thing you’ll notice as you arrive, heading up the estate’s long drive, is the Rotunda.
All of the rooms are name after regular guests during its halcyon days. There are 27 rooms in the main hotel, which are individually furnished, in keeping with the classical style of the building.
There are two restaurants at the hotel. The Conservatory, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the adult-only fine dining restaurant Frederick’s. Fredrick’s has more sophisticated fare, serving fine modern European cuisine by candlelight. We were also delighted to see a whole menu specifically for vegetarians.
Overall the Ickworth presented us with a place to relax in, whilst providing incredible food and a first-rate source of outdoor adventures.
For more information visit ickworthhotel.co.uk | Phone: 0844 482 2152
Following a close second, was 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 and a mixture of contemporary and traditional art on the walls. Our kind of place!
The bar serves cocktails perfect for a pre-dinner drink, and as for dinner itself, what a selection we were presented with.
The menu offers a ‘Classic’ menu or a ‘Select’ menu and you can choose between the two.
From the décor, to the rooms, to the food The Bildeston Crown had it all to offer.
For more information visit the website www.thebildestoncrown.com | Phone : 01449 740510
Finally, nestled within the Deben Valley, 12 miles from the Suffolk Coast, The White Horse is situated in the picturesque village of Easton.
Recently renovated and taken over by The Chestnut Group, who have also just launched ‘The Northgate’ in Bury St Edmunds, the pretty 17th-century pub on the small village green certainly has a lot to offer.
Surrounded by quaint countryside, we were delighted to have option to sit outside on the patio, whilst selecting from the menu, however when presented with the menu this was not an easy task.
As we journeyed inside the building, admiring old wooden beams and the quirky design features, (including some tasteful taxidermy), we took our seats in the intimate setting of one of the restaurant rooms.
One thing we must point out is how friendly the staff were over the course of that evening.
As well as maintaining great conversation with us, without their input and knowledge, selecting our menu choices would have been pretty difficult.
For more information visit www.thewhitehorseeaston.com | Phone: 01728 746456
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