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Ancient village inn dedicated to using local produce

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Getting on for 600 years old and once the haunt of smugglers using the nearby River Alde, this village stalwart shelters beneath a most extraordinary saltbox pantile roof. Inside, the public area threads beneath vast old beams and across mellow brick floors to cosy corners and an inglenook enclosed by the arms of a huge double settle. Folk musicians regularly take over this area for informal gigs; far more renowned is the nearby Snape Maltings complex which attracts international performers. Pre- or post-concert meals are available for such concert goers. The Crown's owners Teresa and Garry Cook run their own livestock smallholding behind the pub, ensuring a very local supply chain. This is enhanced by locally sourced Limousin beef, seafood from Orford boats, game from nearby shoots, village vegetables and foraged specialities. Menus change frequently, but a sample features pheasant coq au vin; home-bred pork sausages with mash, fine beans and shallot gravy; and Pinneys of Orford smoked fish platter with lemon mayonnaise. Sticky toffee pudding with tonka bean ice cream for afters – sorted.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12–3 6–11
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6–9.30

Price guide

  • Main course from10.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A12 from Ipswich towards Lowestoft, right onto A1094 towards Aldeburgh. In Snape right at crossroads by church, pub at bottom of hill.

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