Orford Crown & Castle
Orford Crown & Castle
This is a hotel, so it's possible that drinks are only available here to residents or diners. Please check before visiting.
Castle Hill, IP12 2LJ
grid reference TM 420 498
bar / diner, opened 16th century (rebuilt 1879)
There is a small, comfortable public bar in this hotel which has 18 en suite bedrooms. The restaurant has 2 AA rosettes, a Michelin bib gourmand, and good write-ups in all the major guides. Although the pub dates back to the 16th century it was much rebuilt in 1896.
It's located within sight of Orford Castle.
Owned until late-2019/early-2020 by Ruth and David Watson, we understand that it's now under new ownership.
Drinks at the C&CAs we are really a restaurant with rooms - not a pub - and have a tiny bar, we can't always accommodate everyone staying (42 people when we are busy) as well as casual drinkers.
Please note, therefore, that we don't serve tea and coffee on their own - only after lunch or dinner.…
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
Nearest railway station
The inn is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
John Mannell, of the Crown and Castle, Orford, begs to inform his friends that his annual dance will take place this year on Thursday, the 27th December 1855.Ipswich Journal, December 1855**
Level of Iken, in the County of Suffolk: "Notice is hereby given, that a General Session of Sewers for the said Level will be holden on the 28th day of July instant, at the hour of 10 of the clock in the forenoon, at the house of John Mannall, commonly called or known by the name of the Crown and Castle, situated in Orford, in the said county, when and where all persons concerned are requested to give their attendance".Ipswich Journal, July 14th 1860**
A very pleasant evening was spent at the Crown and Castle, by members of the Orford …
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)