An east Suffolk restaurant with rooms is celebrating after it was awarded two top AA awards following a recent inspection. 

The Crown and Castle in Orford was awarded two Rosettes for its culinary excellence, while the highly rated 21-bedoom property has received a much sought-after five-star restaurant with rooms classification.

Two Rosettes are awarded to restaurants which achieve consistent high standards of cuisine prepared with precision and that give special attention to the selection of quality ingredients.

Delighted with the Rosettes award, head chef Jake Lawrence said: “Throughout my career rosettes have always signified a mark of quality.

East Anglian Daily Times: The Crown and Castle at OrfordThe Crown and Castle at Orford (Image: The Crown and Castle)

"Our decision to become part of the scheme and the result is something I am hugely proud of.

“These two Rosettes are particularly special as the review was undertaken with a menu, food style and quality standard crafted over many years.

"But our kitchen never rests. We’re considering this year as the start of our culinary award journey and we have lofty ambitions for the future.”

The AA awards follow on from The Crown and Castle’s recent success in winning the East of England Small Hotel of the Year Gold Tourism Award 2022-23, which sets out to champion the very best tourism and hospitality businesses in the region.

John Morrell, general manager of The Crown and Castle, added: “These awards are down to the hard work and dedication of the team over the past four years and we are truly delighted with the outcome.

“Food is at the heart of what The Crown and Castle offers and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to be situated in such a wonderful location, with a vast provenance of producers on our doorstep, who we are able to work closely with and showcase on each and every plate.”