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