Garry and Teresa Cook, are the current landlords of the Crown Inn since December 2007 .
Garry, originally from Northumberland is a chef of the highest calibre with over 25 years experience having worked previously in some of the best known country house hotels in the UK including Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich, Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire, The Lygon Arms in Worcestershire, and Hanbury manor in Hertfordshire and was previously chef directer of 152 in Aldeburgh where he acheived recognition for his cooking with entries in all the major food guides. He is married to wife Teresa whom can list chef, florist, cake decorator and smallholder amongst her many talents as well as being the landlady of the Crown. They are supported by their small team of local friendly multi tasking staff.
At the Crown the emphasis is on the food. We know exactly where our produce comes from. Did you know… most of the meat on our menu is reared by us at the crown this includes quails, geese chickens ducks turkeys Suffolk lamb, rare breed pigs and goats. We feed and care for our animals so they are in prime condition before we take them to be slaughtered at H G Blakes in Cottessey. They are then sent to Chris Nichols in Leiston so the carcasses can be broken down into primal joints to our specification before being delivered back to the Crown where we will then prepare the meat to use on our menu. We believe that by using the whole animal we are giving our customers something they will not find anywhere else.
We grow produce for the kitchen on our allotment in Orford, and we forage for wild ingredients in season.
We source most of our fish direct from local fishermen in Orford
We use game shot locally at Iken
We host different events on throughout the year which can be seen on the website including the last Thursday evening of every month when we have Traditional folk music with the Alde boys and friends.
We are proud to support our boules team with there own custom built petanque court.