The Crown Hotel, Southwold, Suffolk

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Sibling to the Swan, The Crown is Southwold’s hotspot, where queues have been known to form at the Front Bar for the highly popular food and wines that are served all day. There’s also a charmingly diminutive Back Bar, the perfect place for a pint, and 14 delightful bedrooms. Though it has a handsome, porticoed façade and is termed a hotel, The Crown feels more like a warm, welcoming and always – buzzing in. In the bedrooms someone has thought very hard about how to make smallish spaces inviting, pretty and fresh, and has succeeded admirably, providing cheering touches such as little wooden sailing boats on the bathroom shelves, anglepoise bedside lights and bright, cosy throws on the crisply – sheeted, comfortable beds. They make fine retreats for the night, but it’s the food that stands out: top quality, tasty, unmucked – up dishes, enjoyed in a great atmosphere. After a day on the beach, what more could you want?

Doubles from £150

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The Crabbing down on the Quayside.


Fresh pastries from Two Magpie’s Bakery, just next door.


Adnams favourites from the Southwold Cellar & Kitchen.


It was here that M&S’s then marketing director spotted Twiggy having lunch and invited her to star in their next advertising campaign, a move that reinvigorated her career.

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