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Friday
Sep212012

Go visit : The Crown in Woodbridge

Happy Friday folks, I've been a bit slow on posting this week so apologies.  But today I wanted to share some images of our meal we had yesterday when we drove up to Woodbridge Suffolk and took a little time out to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

The Crown at Woodbridge is a charming, award winning old guesthouse come gastropub.  We stumbled across it as we wandered up and down the tiny streets while taking in the historical architecture and numerous shops and boutiques owned by creative types of this riverside market town.

Built over 300 years ago, The Crown's interior has been sympathetically designed, the paintwork in subtle blues and greens echoing it's riverside and countryside surroundings. 

Walking into the entrance hall feels like stepping through your own front door, it has a warm, homely and welcoming feel to it, with the eyecatching monochrome tiled floor and touches of nature in the accessories and artwork.

The bar area pays homage to Woodbridge's history with a row boat suspended over the bar and a glass partition depicting the River Deben and key buildings in the town.  The original walls have been retained inside the building I guess because it's a listed building but this is good because it's key to the homely feel and creates little drinking, socialising and reading nooks, complete with large, deep sofas in dark blue linen.

We ate in the small but comfortable restaurant although it's contemporary decor was the same as that of the bar area.  And at 1pm on a Thursday afternoon in a small market town, The Crown was full of diners.

At this point I'd like to show you the food we ate, but we got stuck in very quickly when it arrived.  I had the skate and it was delicious.  Delicious food using locally sourced produce and a glass of Prosecco to celebrate, it was a perfect way to spend our time together and a simply brilliant little find.  There was just one thing to mention though, there were three menus and so much choice that choosing what to eat became a real challenge - working our way through the options and then trying to make a decision was hard work.

We left out starters so that we could take advantage of the yummy puddings on offer.  I went for the passion fruit almond tart with lime infused mango pieces and hubby had the romanoff raspberry dish.  Hubby had pudding envy!  The lime infused mango recipe was truly inspiring and so delicious.

Apologies for the blurred image!

The Crown offers private dining and special Jazz nights, as well as a bespoke catering company for anyone planning a wedding or event.  If it is of the same standard as the food we ate, I'd highly recommend them.  The food was lovely and really really good value.  Next time I'd quite like to stay over, looking at the accommodation prices, it seems a no brainer.

See, there's lots to do in the area.  If you are into your Anglo Saxon history, Sutton Hoo is just around the corner, or you could take a drive up the Suffolk coast and stop at any of the really pretty seaside towns along the way, and there are many to choose from.

Have a great weekend all, I'm off to Decorex on Sunday (which is part of the London Design Festival), to meet some familiar design friends.  See you next week x

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Reader Comments (8)

Looks fab! I love the boat propped over the bar. I have to start a list of all the great places you and Annie post, so when I finally make a trip over, I'll know where to eat and stay! Have a great weekend. Teri

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Oh Teri! You beat me to it! I love that boat too. Makes me wonder where I can hang a boat in my house! Hmmm. That's just stunning. And those desserts look divine, but it's hard for me to pass up a starter. I have friends who, when they go out, split a starter, an entree and a dessert, but Neel and I could NEVER do that! Our tastes are too different!

Back to your gorgeous little spot that you found...how lovely and what a perfect way to spend your anniversary. Just really, really nice. I have a thing for staircase photos, and that's another of my faves. xo

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Hi Sam! Congratulations on your anniversary! It looks like you found a very welcoming and homely place to celebrate. What a cute moment you captured with the gentleman in the bar buying a pint. He looks like Captain Birdseye!! It's always interesting to see how strong colour all over the walls can work, as in the bright red in the dining room. Looking forward to seeing you again this week. Lx

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Passey

Happy wedding anniversary you two!! Here's to many, many more! What a sweet way to spend the day. I am absolutely smitten over that bar, with the suspended row boat and all those skylights! And look at that darling old man in his hat and tartan vest, what a cutie pie. The thing about your country is there is no shortage of adorable, quaint places like this, I wonder how you don't get overwhelmed by the choices. I'll take that pear dessert and the chips on the menu with sea salt and beef drippings, s'il vous plait!
A very happy anniversary indeed, my lovely. xoxo

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Happy anniversary, Sam! Mm, proseco. This place looks fabulous. Yes, the boat above the bar? Brilliant. I would seriously love to live in a home like this with all that beautiful, modern molding. How did you ever finally decide what to eat with three menus?! I see you made some excellent choices in dessert. Cheers to many more happy years!

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

What a wonderful place to spend you anniversary! Love the boat and the striped runner up the stairs. The room rates seem very reasonable, you should have asked to have a look around one of them :)

I'm with you, always skip the starter so I can fit in pudding, could eat that tart right now.... x

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

So glad you had a lovely anniversary. Nothing better than a jaunt to the country.

That place looks perfect. I'm a bit gutted it's full for our night away :-(

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

What a great find! Happy anniversary!!
It looks totally charming.

I'm not a fan of overly complicated and long menus as I prefer seasonal food and fewer dishes to choose from.
I don't have a sweet tooth so never order dessert but relish savoury food. I like your photographs of the dessert though and love that you didn't manage to snap your skate coz you scoffed it as soon as it arrived;)) Brill!
x

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

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