The Bildeston Crown

East Anglia Suffolk Lavenham

  • From £190 a night
  • 13 Guest Rooms
  • Pub with Rooms

A charming 15th century coaching inn renowned for its food and boutique rooms – situated in a peaceful and picturesque part of Suffolk

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This 15th-century coaching inn has been something of a local landmark for centuries, and a foodie destination for well over a decade. In its day Bildeston was one of the wealthy Suffolk wool towns, and although this is hard to discern in what is nowadays a peaceful village in one of the quieter corners of Suffolk, its unique rooms and excellent food mean the tradition continues to this day.

The Bildeston Crown has 13 guest rooms, and as you might expect in a building of this vintage, they come in all shapes, sizes and designs – an individuality that the owners have decided to emphasise with a variety of decorative styles from traditional to contemporary. The rooms come in three categories – Classic, Executive and Luxury – and the main difference between each is the size of the room, the bed and the bathroom – all have baths but three rooms have separate walk-in showers as well. All the rooms have big comfy beds, tea-and coffee-making facilities, complimentary water, Freeview TVs and wifi – and, unusually, there's also a lift, so they are all – to that extent at least – accessible if you have trouble with stairs.

The Bildeston Crown is still a place to drink, and has two bars where you can do just that. One of the nice things about it is that it can really be as informal or as much of a special occasion as you like. All in all it's really the perfect place to enjoy a weekend break, with comfy rooms, great food – and, with Lavenham and Long Melford just a short drive away, the chance to explore this quiet, picturesque and historic part of Suffolk.



Open all year.


Double rooms from £190 a night.


Contact Website  01449 740 510  The Bildeston Crown, 104 High St, Bildeston, Suffolk IP7 7EB

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Getting There

The Crown is bang in the middle of Bildeston on the B1115, about 10 minutes' drive from Hadleigh and around 6 miles from Lavenham.


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