The Bildeston Crown is a 15th century, former coaching inn set in the Suffolk village of Bildeston, one of the historic “wool towns” and just six miles from Lavenham and five miles from Hadleigh.
Known for its stylish yet relaxed accommodation, the inn has 12 en suite doubles, a 120 seater restaurant, private meeting room, bar area with open fire and a courtyard and terrace for al fresco dining .
Food is an integral part of The Bildeston Crown experience and Chef Chris Lee, who owns the business with his wife Hayley, has an excellent reputation for his signature, innovative style. Quality produce, sourced primarily locally, is used when in season and diners can choose from a range of menus: Classics which features regular favourites, Select which changes with the seasons and also perhaps the ultimate dining experience – Chris Lee’s Tasting Menu.
Chris was named an “Up-and-coming chef” in The Good Food Guide in 2007 and the Suffolk inn has won a number of awards including the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, Taste of England Gold and Suffolk Magazine Restaurant of the Year in 2010.
Chris made his television debut in 2009 when he represented Suffolk in The Hairy Bikers’ Tour of Britain, a television series in which Simon King and Dave Myers got on their bikes to find the best of each county’s larder and meet the local producers who are keeping traditional recipes alive. Chris went up against the Bikers in a cook-off and won! Most recently you will have seen Chris on BBC Look East promoting the Cooks & Kids recipe book, a National Fostering Agency (NFA) inspired initiative which he has supported for the last three editions, but this year also had the backing of MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace.
Price from £90-£150 per room per night, based on two people sharing (from £80-£100 single). A full English breakfast is included.