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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
Garden
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 roast partridge with red cabbage and apple sauce; pork sausages with mash, fine beans and shallot gravy; and Pinneys of Orford smoked fish platter with lemon mayonnaise. Apple crumble and custard 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

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Southwold Bitter, Broadside, Ghost Ship, seasonal ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

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

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • 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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