The Crown Hotel Pub with rooms in Southwold, Suffolk

Prices from:
£185 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Adnams Brewery flagship inn
  • Timeless Back Bar; informal Parlour
  • Modern British food; local fish
  • Tip-top beer; fabulous wines
  • Contemporary rooms; seaside feel
  • Hub of Southwold; close to beach

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Overview

The Crown Hotel Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DP

The personal touch

Celebrated next-door brewer and wine merchant, Adnams, can take the credit for the stylish restoration of Southwold’s central Georgian inn, although it has been recently upstaged by the fabulous refurbishment of its sister hotel, The Swan, a few doors along the High Street. From the outside, the inn looks stately, all white paintwork, with a flying flag and a wrought-iron sign hanging over the pavement. Inside, the town’s maritime past is echoed in a magnificent ship’s binnacle, marine paintings and glazed screen in the timeless Back Bar, the perfect spot to peruse the papers over a pint of Broadside. At the front, the Parlour is a buzzing mix of contemporary wine bar, informal brasserie and English village pub, and the hub of local life. Here you will find the full range of tip-top Adnams beers, brewed behind the inn, a cracking list of wines (16 by the glass), an innovative pub menu, and fourteen comfortable and very characterful bedrooms. In fact, the Crown is to be applauded for its success in bringing modern pub food, prime-condition beers and excellent wines to the average spender over the past decade – a real trailblazer that many have tried to emulate.

Sticky fingers

Kids are welcome throughout the pub; they have their own ‘Little People’s’ (under 10s) menu; and the spacious suite is ideal for families to hunker down in and children stay for free.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the back bar and overnight in some of the bedrooms.

Alfresco

Sheltered rear courtyard with tables and chairs.

 

What’s the Damage?
14 doubles/twin: £185-£255

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Crown Hotel Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DP

Do not disturb

The 14 refurbished rooms ramble across several floors and are decorated in contemporary coastal style as befits the seaside location – the beach is just a stone’s throw away. The rooms simply underline the thread of quality that runs throughout the brewery’s flagship inn. Classed as Classic, Superior or Premium, rooms include character beamed attic rooms and a spacious family suite; all are well kitted out with a mix of modern and antique furnishings, good lighting, quality fabrics (striped upholstered headboards and jazzy wing chairs), soothing hues and charming touches such as colourful, cosy throws on big comfortable beds and nautical knick-knacks like wooden sailing boats on bathroom shelves and local or sea related pictures. Smart bathrooms continue the seaside feel with soft colours, wooden floors and posh Tyneham toiletries; rooms 11 and 14 have walk-in showers and roll top tubs.

 

What’s the Damage?
14 doubles/twin: £185-£255

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Crown Hotel Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DP

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£8.50; Main Courses: £16.50-£30; Desserts £6.50-£8.50; lunch menu £8.95-£10)

The Crown has long been renowned for good food and wine, drawing discerning locals and Londoner’s up for weekend into the informal Parlour bar for competent modern British cooking and sublime wines from the Adnams cellar. Menus evolve with the seasons, the chefs working closely with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the produce is fresh, local and as seasonal as possible. For a light bite at lunchtime, tuck into a decent sandwich (Copper House Gin cured salmon with cucumber and dill mayonnaise) or sourdough toast topped with butter beans, smoked tomato sauce and Moat Farm bacon. Look to the main menu and the daily specials for the likes of devilled kidneys on sourdough, or fried squid with sauce nero and lemon for starters. For fish fanciers there may be cod loin, brown shrimps, cockles, sea lettuce and butter sauce, smoked haddock with Norfolk mussels, butter spinach and beurre blanc, and classic beer battered cod with beef dripping chips, crushed peas and ravigote sauce. Other choices range from Dingley Dell bacon chop, butternut puree, potato gnocchi and woodland mushrooms to a simple chargrilled rib-eye steak with chips, béarnaise and leaf salad. Finish off with warm rice pudding, bramble compote and pistachio ice cream. At the bar, sup a decent Adnams brew – Ghost Ship, Broadside, Southwold Bitter and Old Ale from the cask – or choose from the full range of keg and bottles beers from Adnams.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
14 doubles/twin: £185-£255

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Crown Hotel

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The Lord Nelson, 42 East Street, Southwold IP18 6EJ

The 'Nellie' as she is affectionately known is the closest thing to a brewery tap that Adnams has, the place to come and enjoy its benchmark Southwold ales and absorb the Southwold drinking culture at its best. If it's good enough for Chairman Jonathan Adnams!

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Emmetts Hams of Peasenhall, Main Street, Peasenhall IP17 2HJ

The Royal Warranted favourite of the dear old Queen Mum, Mark David is a charcutier par excellence, crafting amazing legs of pork into cured and smoked gammons of sheer class, made here since 1820. Quirky variations on the normal ham and bacon don't end at Green Unsmoked, Mild Cure or the Smoked Suffolk Black, how about spicy molasses Christmas Cure, black peppercorn, Earl Grey, fennel seed and many other interesting flavourings. Also a heavenly continental deli and courtyard cafe.

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White Horse, Sweffling Low Road, Sweffling IP17 2BB

A rare beast in Suffolk, a proper drinking house in the middle of nowhere, with two alternating beers and one cider drawn from the taproom casks, keg-free (but there are 5 bottled Suffolk lagers). Food is interesting bar snacks, and either ploughmans and savouries in the summer months or hot Marlesford Farmcafe pies from the Aga come winter, bliss! Of course, there are traditional pub games and dogs welcomed.

5

Eels Foot, Eastbridge, Leiston IP16 4SN

This charming coastal inn, close to picturesque Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere, is the home of local folk music. They have a great tradition of instrumental acoustic sessions here, they 'jam' at 'Squit Night' every Thursday whilst the last Sunday of the month is more trad' scene.

6

Fish Hut at Aldeburgh Beach (north end of Aldeburgh Promenade) IP15 5BJ

Unusually the in-shore boats are dragged up high on the rolling shingle beach of this cosmopolitan chic resort town. Dean and Alby’s fish shack is legendary in these parts, take your pick of the flappingly-fresh morning’s catch, which they will happily gut and scale for you.

7

Harbour Inn, Black Shore, Southwold IP18 6TA

Stopping off is a must for well-kept beer and hearty good pub food on a ramble along Blackshore, named after the black-painted fish sheds and the colour of the river mud. Despite the constant stream of wandering tourists, this is a working harbour, replete with house boats, chandlery, shipbuilders and a handful of working and charter fishing vessels.

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours, Adnams Wine Shop, Pinkney's Lane, Southwold IP18 6EW

Suffolk and especially this north-eastern part of the county is Adnams country, few landlords far and wide would risk not serving their well-known beers, such is their renown. Visit the brewery and the recently-installed distillery for tours to see how the ales, spirits and liqueurs are produced and of course a good slurp or two to find your favourites. Tutored tasting and sampling in their excellent Cellar & Kitchen Store in Victoria Street is included. Alternative 'Make Your Own Gin' Experience too. Pre-booking essential.

9

Snape Maltings Farmers' Market Main Road, Snape IP17 1SR

The world-famous Aldeburgh Music concert halls are based at this converted maltsters as is perhaps East Anglia’s leading foodlovers’ emporium, with its own pub, restaurant, food hall, a plethora of shops and home to the equally renowned Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, which is held on the last weekend of September. It is also the venue for one of the best monthly farmers’ markets on the first Saturday.

10

Friday Street Farm Shop & Cafe, Farnham IP17 1JX

Not just a great place to buy locally-grown food and amazing Suffolk products but also visit the lovely cafe-restaurant, wet fish shop, homewares store and new butchery. Seasonal summer PYO soft fruits too.

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Wissett Wines, Rumburgh Road, Wissett IP19 OJJ

One of East Anglia's better wine producers, they are known for their award-winning still Madeleine d'Angevine and their sparkling blush pink 'Gloriana' bottle-fermented blend. Self-tours around the estate followed by tastings in the shop.

12

Maple Farm, Kelsale Clay Hills Road, Kelsale IP17 2PL

A gentle drive south past Dunwich, this organic farmstead harvests the most amazing seasonal veggies, free-range eggs, Suffolk honey plus organic meats and even their own home-grown milled flours. Honesty box farm shop sales. (best to use Sat-Nav to find the farm).

14

Crown Inn, Snape Bridge Road, Snape IP17 1SL

This 15th-century smugglers' haunt, full of history in the old beams, red brick walls and the iconic wooden settle in front of the inglenook. They are known for their home-reared livestock producing fine well-hung meats for their seasonal cooking and great Adnams beers of course.

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Emmerdale Farm Shop, Westleton Road, Darsham IP17 3BP

On the home farm of The Anchor's excellent butcher, the Thickitt family's huge farm shop-deli has been running for decades, long before they became fashionable, a new meat counter is worthy of a visit alone, let alone for all the local products.

16

Two Magpies Bakery, 88 High Street, Southwold IP18 6DP

An artisan bakery and intimate magical cafe with great music, cool arty interior and of course, amazing pastries, breads and fine beverage essentials. All the loaves feature their sourdough culture for depth of flavour and seek out the locally-inspired Double Broadside cake.

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Flavours Food Festival, Henham Park, Blythburgh NR34 8AN

Taking place in early June at this country parkland estate, a foodlovers’ treat with producers, chef demonstrations, music and lots for children to enjoy. Also, it’s home to the cultural family-friendly Latitude music festival in July.

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Suffolk Herring Festival, Lowestoft NR32 1HH

This celebration of the local silver darlings, the herring shoals, which helped ‘make’ Lowestoft into the famous nearby fishing port, takes place every two years and due to be next held in late October 2015. A showcase of arts, music, culture, tastings, special menus and lots more. Check the website for details.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Crown Hotel

Activities

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Southwold Electric Picture Palace, Blackmill Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6AN

This is a cinema outing with a difference, recalling those distant, fondly-remembered days when going to the pictures was something of an occasion. Seeing a film here transports you to that magical era and to make the visit even more special, there are usherettes, a commissionaire and a front-of-house manager in evening dress.

3

Crabbing at the Quayside, Walberwick IP18 6TN

Make for the River Blyth in Walberswick, venue for the British Crabbing Championships, and enjoy some rare family time by the water. With the aid of string and bacon, you can try catching a few native crustaceans. The kids will love it and the occasion will no doubt rekindle happy memories of family holidays over the years.

Shopping

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Norwich NR2 1RL

One of the best-preserved medieval cities in the country, Norwich is a top shopping destination with lots of independent retailers and smart restaurants. For something slightly unusual visit Colman's Mustard Shop and Museum in the Royal Arcade. We've all grown up with those distinctive little jars of mustard; here, you can discover how it all began and then visit the shop for a wide selection of mustard pots and spoons. Look out, too, for St Gregory's Antiques and Collectables in Pottergate, just the place for that rare item or quirky find.

11

Cork Brick Gallery, 6 Earsham Street, Bungay NR35 1AG

Located in Bungay, not far from Southwold, Cork Brick Gallery showcases the varied and exquisite work of local professional artists. The shop stock is constantly changing.

12

Southwold Pier, Southwold IP18 6BN

A shopping trip with a difference, this is where you can potter and browse against the stunning backdrop of the North Sea. Elsewhere, a host of surprises and delights awaits the Southwold shopper.

13

O&C Butcher, 129-131 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AS

To describe this retailer as well established would be something of an understatement. O&C Butcher has been trading in Aldeburgh for over a century. Expect ladies and men’s fashion, footwear and accessories.

16

Snape Maltings Farmers’ Market, Main Road, Snape IP17 1SR

The world-famous Aldeburgh Music concert halls are based at this converted maltsters as is perhaps East Anglia’s leading foodlovers’ emporium, with its own pub, restaurant, food hall, a plethora of shops and home to the equally renowned Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, which is held on the last weekend of September. It is also the venue for one of the best monthly farmers’ markets on the first Saturday.

Places to visit

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Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QH

Located in Great Yarmouth, this amazing National Trust museum represents a real hands-on experience, bringing to life the day-to-day routine of the generations of families who have lived in this fascinating 16th-century building on South Quay.

5

Southwold Museum, 9 -11 Victoria Street, Southwold IP18 6HZ

Housed in two Dutch-gabled cottages, the Southwold Museum is a little gem on the Suffolk coast. The story of the town's fishing industry is told in fascinating detail and there is also a display of relics and items washed up on the shore here over the years.

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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, Orford Quay IP12 2NU

Bleak and exposed, Orford Ness is a long, natural barrier of shingle south of Aldeburgh. The only way to reach it is by National Trust ferry from Orford. The Ness is where rare and fragile wildlife exists in a precious environment once used for testing atomic bombs.

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Minsmere Nature Reserve, Dunwich IP17 3BY

Minsmere, one of the Suffolk coast's most familiar landmarks, is an RSPB nature reserve and top destination for wildlife in Britain. These reedy marshes are a haven for rare birds and serious ornithologists.

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Orford Ness, Orford Quay, Woodbridge IP12 2LZ

Bleak and exposed, Orford Ness is a long, natural barrier of shingle swept up by the sea. The only way to reach it is by National Trust ferry and once there, you can see where rare and fragile wildlife exists in an environment where once atomic bombs were tried and tested in conditions of the utmost secrecy. To the south of Aldeburgh, Orford Ness is a fascinating and wonderfully evocative place.

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Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ

It's a name that crops up from time to time in history documentaries and travel programmes, but there's nothing to beat actually visiting these atmospheric ancient burial mounds near Woodbridge. Sutton Hoo is where the 7th-century Anglo-Saxon Kings of East Anglia lay buried and undiscovered until they were unearthed in 1938.

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Snape Maltings, Bridge Road, Snape, Saxmundham IP17 1SR

Renowned for its glorious associations with fine music, Snape Maltings at Aldeburgh is also an excellent shopping venue. There are nine independent shops here, including a boutique, fresh food pantry and a bookshop and stationers.

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Ipswich IP1 1DP

Shopping in East Anglia's historic waterfront town offers a multiple choice of global brands, independent retailers and small shops. Queen Street is the place to go for something a bit individual.

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Norfolk Broads NR12 8UD

Think of the Norfolk Broads and the picture that springs to mind is usually one of a complex network of navigable rivers and man-made waterways. In fact there are 125 miles of them and an assortment of picturesque, sleepy villages to discover in this wonderfully spacious natural landscape.

Walking

www.walkinginsuffolk.co.uk
www.discoversuffolk.org.uk
The Suffolk coast is a fascinating area for walking. This evocative landscape, visibly eroded and overwhelmed by the sea through the centuries, has many miles of secret paths and hidden tracks that were once the haunt of smugglers evading the excise men. It’s a fascinating place of mystery, of moody reed marshes and wide, breathtaking skies. One of the most popular walking routes in the region links many of the Suffolk coast’s great landmarks. The Suffolk Coast Path runs for 50 miles between Felixstowe and Lowestoft and takes in a variety of sea wall stretches, marsh, heath and foreshore.

Cycling

www.discoversuffolk.org.uk
www.cycle-route.com
Like so much of East Anglia, the Suffolk coast is essentially flat and cycle-friendly. North and south of Walberswick, around the river estuaries and across the remote heaths there are many miles of cycle trails, quiet country lanes and off-road routes to enable you to spend a few enjoyable hours in the saddle.

Events

www.aldeburgh.co.uk
www.folkeast.co.uk
www.suffolkherringfestival.net
www.flavoursfoodfestivals.co.uk
Without doubt the annual Aldeburgh Festival in June is the event in this part of the world. Founded by Benjamin Britten in 1948, the festival focuses on classical music by past and present composers and the Suffolk coast setting is delightful. There’s also an assortment of films, visual arts and master classes. The Snape Proms and FolkEast are in August and September is the month when Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is held. The Suffolk Herring Festival comprises arts, music, culture, tastings and special menus and there’s also the Flavours Food Festival, held at Henham Park near Blythburgh, a popular event that always appeals to foodies. There are producers, chef demonstrations and entertainment for children.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From A12 just north of Blythburgh follow A1095 for 4 miles to Southwold. The Crown is location on the left-hand side of the High Street and has a car park behind the inn

By Rail: The nearest station is Darsham (9 miles); trains from London Liverpool Street via Ipswich, then a 20-minute taxi journey to Southwold

Address:

90 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DP

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