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sa 31 Dec

TessJust like last year Tess was looking glamorous but unlike last year No Spring Chicken, augmented by a guest on guitar and with Sally Voakes taking the occasional vocal, were finding it hard work to get people out of their seats.  Eventually NSC's impressive foot tapping qualities ensured the floor was full in time for Auld Lang Syne and then, led off

Auld Lang Syne

by a fella from Dennington (though your webmaster thought he could hear a North American accent in there somewhere), the conga line set off, round the police car, round the Town Sign ...

The conga line sets off ... ... round the police car ... ... and round the town sign

... and back to The Crown where people were still dancing when we left.

fr 9 Dec

Looks like a pint of IPA and a pint of Speckled HenJust like last year the Crown transmogrified into Panto City for the street fayre.  This year we had a Princess, a very definitely masculine pirate, Alice in Wonderland, Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee, a glamorous gipsy, Robin Hood, a jolly Queen of Hearts and as well as Morris Dancers who weren't the Old Glory Molly Dancers even though they had black faces.

tu 6 Dec

Councillor Tracy CliffordAlthough it will interfere with her shopping and travel, our own Tracy Clifford has nobly become a Framlingham town councillor.

Don't forget it's the Street Fayre this Friday.  3,000 people packed in to Fram last year and again we shall be Panto City.

mo 31 Oct

Some of the audienceSaturday's Talent Off the Hill demonstrated just how able today's young musicians are.  Our apologies to Catherine Cresswell for failing to get a pic and yes, Roy is seriously considering doing it again soon.

we 27 Sep

Not only did waitresses Polly Handy and Catherine Cresswell make a cracking job of preparing the restaurant this weekend for a golden wedding anniversary but worked hard to make it the success it was.  Displaying the admirable flexibility typical of Crown staff Catherine will be being very lovely at next month's Talent off the Hill.

we 14 Sep

... and now Talent OFF the Hill.

su 11 Sep

Samantha Coe at Talent on the HillThe rain held off for Talent on the Hill and a large and generous crowd snacked, drank and enjoyed the solos, duos and bands.

What else could you ask for?

sa 10 Sep

Thirteen outstanding local acts FREE on the Market Hill tonight.

fr 2 Sep

The Crown was the setting for Anglia TV presenter Natalie Gray to do a piece to camera about Framlingham being in the last fifteen of Country Life's Favourite Market Town.  It went out on the six o'clock news tonight.

Tracy isn't looking quite so brown now but she liked Turkey so much she's going back this month.

th 18 Aug

Click for a bigger pic When you enter Room Six inevitably the half tester bed with its curtains and large head and foot boards is the main feature but the two club chairs by the window and lit by a standard lamp make this room Club chairs by the window much more than just a bedroom.  The window looks out on the hotel's courtyard and like all our rooms the room has a well appointed en-suite bathroom.  Room Six is all on one level and located just off the main landing so you don't have to walk too far and it has free wireless Internet.

tu 16 Aug

Cilla Brooks - ReceptionTracy came back from a holiday in Turkey a little while back looking suitably brown and new face in Reception is Cilla Brooks.  Cilla, who previously ran her own kitchen fittings business, had the good humour, common sense and commitment we were looking for and we can only hope she stays with us for the foreseeable future.

fr 29 Jul

You may have noticed a new vivacity in our menus?  This is thanks to consultant chef David Harwood who is working with our own chefs to develop new and progressive menus.

sa 9 Jul

Charlie Haydock may be pure solid Suffolk and a waistcoat wearer but last night he was extremely relevant, very funny and rather clever.  To quote his Hurricane over Basildon "so 15 year old mother of five Chardonay Mercedes rings for an ambulance: Where are you bleeding from?  Romford, but what's that got to do with it?"

fr 8 Jul

Arts Framlingham gratifyingly is being a great success. Look at our lobby crowdedThe Crown's lounge crowded with guided walkers waiting for the off with guided walkers waiting for the off, it certainly irritated The Gamekeeper as he  tried to make his way through ... but then everything irritates The Gamekeeper.  Anyway FREE tonight folkies Charlie Haydock and Pluck 'n' Squeeze (a band with a bass player who was an assistant jockstrap darner at the Royal Ballet?!).

su 26 Jun

We're the Box Office for the Arts Framlingham Summer Festival which started Friday with a sell out Esther Freud.  Come along to tonight's FREE jam session and book something.

mo 6 Jun

the bedsWhen you enter Room Eleven there is a small lobby with a large double fitted wardrobe to your right and the bathroom facing you.  The bedroom with its cheery patchwork quilts on the twin beds is to your left  and has Desk and club chair space for a zed-bed or cot.  As you enter the bedroom to your left is a desk and a club chair, the television is wall mounted facing the beds and the single window overlooks the courtyard.  Free wireless Internet reception is excellent.  Towards the rear this intimate room is appropriately quiet.

we 1 Jun

Matt from CBBCAs far as we know this is as close as Matt from CBBC got to the Crown but still nice to see him, even though the Suffolk Samba School were the runaway Framlingham Gala crowd pleasers.

tu 31 May

In the summer The Courtyard is an absolute joy!  There is a combination of smart aluminium tables and chairs and rustic wooden benches that in all will seat some

Click for a bigger pic Click for bigger pic Click for bigger pic Click for bigger pic Sally, a former bar manager, about to leave to supervise an outside bar at the castle

twenty people, a giant hanging sunshade and the planting, including a tub of herbs for the chefs, is devotedly looked after by John the barman, the stairs make a wonderful place to pose, and there's even autumn colour in the car park.

sa 16 Apr

L to R Bill Singletary, Brad Taylor, and Mark ButlerBrad Taylor, who is currently serving in the US Navy, enjoying a pint with two chums in the lounge.  Brad was staying in Fram to visit the Parham Airfield Museum and enjoyed himself so much he's coming back and bringing the family.

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