The Crown Inn
“Ancient village inn dedicated to using local produce” - AA Inspector
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.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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