Review on Crown and Castle Hotel, The Trinity
'Thanks to an act of architectural vandalism in 1896, you'd be hard-pressed to know that The Crown and Castle dates from the sixteenth century' – so say Ruth and David Watson, proprietors of this handsome hotel opposite Orford Castle's eerily impressive, stand-alone Norman keep.
The Trinity restaurant is the hub of the place and the reason many people choose to stay at the hotel. Ruth Watson is a champion of local and regional produce (as well as a successful food writer and TV's 'hotel inspector'), and her seasonal menus are peppered with summertime surprises such as Cromer crab salad, and Snape asparagus with hollandaise sauce, as well as winter warmers like Suffolk pheasant with lentil ragoût and wilted greens or slow-roast pork belly with mussels and shellfish broth.
At other times of the year, expect globally inspired ideas such as home-cured gravlax with French bean and shallot salad, rump of lamb with spiced aubergines, tomatoes and yoghurt, or herb-crusted Lowestoft plaice with tarragon cream sauce. Desserts are also in tune with the seasons: warm loganberry jam and frangipane tart or rhubarb meringue pie, for example. The comprehensive, knowledgeably assembled wine list includes 16 fascinating options by the glass.
Crown and Castle Hotel, The Trinity is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Rob Walpole and Ruth Watson
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.15 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express