The Bildeston Crown

Bildeston, Suffolk

A smart village local with original timber frames, a lively bar, chic rooms and delicious food from the fields around you


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Chris and Hayley ran the Crown for ten years, upped sticks to head a few miles north, then got an offer they couldn’t refuse and now the place is theirs. Their home is this beautifully preserved 15th-century inn. All the lovely old bits survive – timber frames, sagging beams, an ancient inglenook with a roaring fire – but interiors have an elegant, contemporary style with bold colours, stripped floorboards, comfy sofas and big art on the walls. Farmers drop in to chew the cud, walkers come to defrost in front of the fire while knocking back a pint of local ale, and the world and his wife come from near and far for Chris’ delicious local food, perhaps truffled arancini with English asparagus, pheasant and foie gras Wellington, then an After Eight soufflé with chocolate ice cream. Stylish rooms have comfy beds, wonky floors, lots of colour and art. One has a fake Canaletto hanging above a claw-foot bath, another has a four-poster bed, all have robes in good bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Don’t miss Bury St Edmunds, a market town steeped in history. Medieval Lavenham is close, too.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6.50. Bar meals from £14. Dinner, 3 course, £30-£40. Sunday lunch from £17. Afternoon tea £15.


Nightly price
from £100
Dinner, B&B from £87.50 p.p. Singles from £70.
11 Doubles
From £100
1 Twin
From £130


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Hayley & Chris Lee

  • Wool made Suffolk rich in medieval times and many beautiful timber-framed buildings survive. You can see them most notably in Lavenham and Hadleigh along with some fine churches.
  • Head over to Dedham Vale, epicentre of Constable Country, where you can visit places now immortalised in his art. Thomas Gainsborough was also a local, while the Alfred Munnings museum in Dedham is worth seeing.
  • Owned by a local farmer, it’s no surprise to discover the inn holds various dinners throughout the year to celebrate the county’s produce.
  • This is a popular bolt hole for shooting parties. Gun storage facilities are available with a safe in every room for stock and separate gun cupboard with 1 key holder. The inn does not organise shoots but can point you in the right direction.
  • The inn is actively involved in local events, such as food festivals (Aldeburgh, Taste of Sudbury), Higham point to point races, the annual Hadleigh Show. They are happy to involve guests who wish to enjoy a slice of country life.