Hotel in line for national award

A SUFFOLK hotel with a growing reputation for its food is among the finalists in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, run by tourism body VisitEngland.

A SUFFOLK hotel with a growing reputation for its food is among the finalists in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, run by tourism body VisitEngland.

The Bildeston Crown is one of three nominees in the Taste of England category, together with a farm shop in Cumbria and a restaurant in Yorkshire.

A Grade II-listed former coaching inn, the Bildeston Crown was restored in 2003 to create a sylish hotel, with food an integral part of the experience.

Chef Chris Lee, who runs the hotel with his wife Hayley, has developed an excellent reputation for his innovative style, with quality produce sourced locally whenever possible - much of it comes from owner James Buckle's own farm when in season.

The Bildeston Crown is one of only two finalists from the East of England in the national awards, the other being BeWILDerwood treehouse adventure park in Norfolk which is one of four candidates in the Large Visitor Attraction category.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brighton on Friday, April23, in celebration of St George's Day.

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East of England Tourism chairman, Derek Langslow said: “These awards recognise the truly excellent standards achieved in England's tourism industry. All national finalists are subjected to rigorous examination and we are delighted to have two this year - we wish them every success.”