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The Crown & Castle

ORFORD, Woodbridge, IP12 2LJ

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There has been a hostelry on this site for 800 years and the tradition of hospitality is in particular good heart in the 21st century. It's co-owned by Ruth Watson (she's also executive chef) who was TV's Hotel Inspector once upon a time, and the combination of stylish bedrooms and an easy-going, rustic-chic restaurant is a winning one. There's genuine character to the spaces within, where beams, unclothed wooden tables and comfortable burgundy-velvet cushioned chairs and benches help create a relaxed vibe. The place is still an inn popular with the locals up for a pint, but it's also something of a foodie destination. The daily-changing menu has an Italian accent these days, featuring the fashionable Venetian small plates, cicchetti, alongside flavour-driven dishes that showcase the region's excellent ingredients. Grilled octopus with nduja sausage and potato salad is one way to kick off a meal, followed perhaps with duck breast with warm borlotti beans and morels, or a proper shortcrust steak and kidney pie. Finish with zabaglione or treacle tart.

Further information

Tel: 01394 450205
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Italian, British
Chef: Ruth Watson, Charlene Gavazzi
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 8 yrs D.
Parking available.



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Off A12, on B1084, 9m E of Woodbridge
Nearest station: Melton, Woodbridge

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