Sunday, 24 January 2010

Blissful weekend at our favourite bolt hole

Wow, what an amazing and blissful weekend.

The Husband and I couldn't decide what to get each other for Christmas. In the end we decided we needed a break away more than we needed anything else, so after enlisting the babysitting duties of the grandparents we were away. We've been to the Crown and Castle three times before for some much needed R&R. It is located away from civilisation on the Suffolk coast at Orford. A lovely sleepy little town with very little apart from the sea, a castle, a pub and a few fish shops/ restaurants.

The Crown and Castle is run by Ruth Watson (of the Hotel Inspector fame) and her husband and is very much a destination hotel. It's not really the kind of place you go to use as a base. We always take advantage of the 2 night DBB rate as the food is quite frankly outstanding. It's the little touches there that make the difference. Fresh milk in the rooms for tea and coffee rather than those poxy little mini cartons and never being constantly asked at dinner "is everything ok for you".

So, all this weekend we've not done much apart from mooch around the lovely little shops at Snape Maltings and eat ! We had a decidedly mediocre pub lunch at Snape, but given the quality of the food at the C&C it is a small price to pay.

I've had the most amazing salmon and scallop "nearly sashimi" - beautifully fresh seafood, the most divine seared bream with crushed new potatoes, baby spinach and a creamy shellfish and cognac sauce with several plump Brancaster mussels. A delicious warm loganberry frangipane tart and blissfully silky chicken liver parfait with courgette pickles and homemade farmhouse toast.

So, the diet starts tomorrow then, but for anyone interested in the lovely Crown and Castle

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