The Crown at Stoke by Nayland

East Anglia Suffolk Ipswich

  • From £120 a night
  • 11 Guest Rooms
  • Boutique Country Pub

A brilliant rural escape that’s easily reached from London.

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Situated in the heart of rural Suffolk, The Crown sits at the heart of the quintessentially English village of Stoke by Nayland, with its typically over-sized and rambling old churchyard, and walks reaching into the countryside around. This relaxed foodie pub is also bang in the middle of what’s commonly known as Constable Country – the picturesque hills and vales just to the south of Ipswich where the 19th-century landscape painter lived and worked – and there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, especially in the nearby Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can visit the pretty village of Dedham on the other side of the A12. Potter about its pubs and shops before taking a trip on the river or ambling across the meadows to Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's famous cottage.

Part of the Chestnut collection of pubs, inns, and restaurants in East Anglia, the pub's rooms are situated in a purpose-built two-storey annexe that looks over the fields and woods beyond; all have been recently refurbished with contemporary flair in a country style and all have tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary water, fresh milk and biscuits and TVs; most have large bathrooms but the higher end rooms are slightly bigger overall, with king-size beds, robes, separate baths and spacious walk-in showers. There’s a 24-hour reception, lots of parking, and the restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner.

As you might expect from the Good Pub Guide’s former Suffolk ‘dining pub of the year’, the food is pretty good, served in a deliberately relaxed environment, with stripped pine tables and lots of locals happily making their way through what are by any standards crowd-pleasing lunch and supper menus, while a few sink a few pints at the bar. As well as pub classics like fish and chips, steaks and burgers, they serve interesting mini starters and snacks, interesting fish dishes and a choice of sharing platters – meat, fish and veggie – as well as an excellent, menu-based breakfast.

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Double rooms with breakfast start at £120 during the week, £140 night at weekends. Weekend DB&B deals start at £190 a night for 2.

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Contact Website  01206 262 001  The Crown at Stoke by Nayland, Stoke By Nayland, Suffolk CO6 4SE

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Getting There

The Crown is very easy to reach - just a 10-minute journey off the A12, just south of Ipswich.


  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
  • 24-hour reception
  • Parking
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Family-Friendly
  • Historic
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Boutique hotel
  • Pub with Rooms

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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews


Excellent, bordering on amazing…!

We had a one-night stay as part of a short break in the area, and booked the evening meal and breakfast package. Everything was excellent, from our large, comfortable ground floor room in a gorgeous separate building behind the pub/restaurant, to the food and all the staff we had the pleasure to deal with. The room had virtually everything you could need (apart from the one thing I forgot to pack, hairspray - which they sold in the village shop opposite!). A nice touch was the bottle of fresh water in the fridge and there was a good selection of teas and other hot drinks. The menu options in the evening were varied and interesting, making choice tricky, but I opted for the chicken in a lovely creamy mushroom sauce, and hubby had calves liver, perfectly cooked; the portion sizes were good and the food arrived very quickly. Breakfast was equally tasty - have the Full Anglian - and served until 10.30 (bonus!). The outside space is good with views from the back over countryside and beautiful plants in pots, inviting for outside drinks once the weather allows. Would certainly recommend The Crown for any special occasions or if you just feel like being spoiled a little. I’d be interested to try another of the properties owned by the Chestnut group next time we’re visiting the area. Happy days!
Aug 27, 2023 by Slacka

Fantastic country pub

This is an amazing country pub with beautiful rooms. The staff are excellent and the service is superb. The food is delicious. Would absolutely recommend. We had a wonderfully romantic stay here and look forward to returning.
May 29, 2023 by I8503IN

Great rooms, fab food, wonderful service. A great weekend retreat

What a great place. Fabulous modern rooms, great food, fabulous atmosphere and first-class service all set in constable country. And super dog-friendly too. Perfect for the weekend. Stay in Dedham. It’s a great room. Highly recommended.
May 17, 2023 by Roy

Perfect break away

Just returned from one one-night stay (dinner, bed and breakfast deal). Room was beautifully furnished and huge with lovely French windows opening onto rolling fields. Dinner and breakfast were delicious. Staff very attentive and room so quiet. Second time we’ve stayed with The Chestnut group, previously stayed at The Globe in Wells next the Sea, also eaten at The Feathers in Holt. Never had any complaints and would definitely recommend. 5 STARS.
Apr 6, 2023 by Susan

Thoroughly enjoyable stay

We had a fabulous stay at the Crown. The room was perfect not just for us but for our dog too, who was made to feel very welcome! There were a few friends staying and others that just joined us for dinner (food was amazing) and we were very well looked after by the bar and waiting staff. In particular, Alison did a fantastic job, esp when a large group dines, it can be a challenge getting all orders, different requires etc but she was excellent, nothing was too much trouble, it really made for a perfect experience, thank you so much! We are back again in a couple of weeks and can't wait.
Apr 5, 2023 by Matthew P

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