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th 20 Jul

The Sunday Carvery has moved

The Sunday Carvery has moved to reubens bar & grill.

we 18 Jul

Executive chef Simon Pickess joined at the beginning of the year and for some reason we didn't tell you about it!

we 4 Jul

The twins and guests inside the limoEverybody wanted to know what the red carpet was for outside the Framlingham Crown, indeed Linda from the stationers sent a runner to find out, and now you all know it was for the twins Gemima and Alice's eleventh birthday party complete with stretch limo that had been delayed by the traffic for the Rod Stewart concert in Ipswich.

th 28 Jun

Opening night at reubensPics of reubens first night on their site and you would have thought we would want a breather after that but No!  Today we became the new landlords of the Station Hotel in Ipswich.

fr 15 Jun

reubens was officially opened this morning was and is fully booked for tonight.

tu 5 Jun

Some of the army of builders leaving yesterday

The builders handed over Reubens yesterday and a little calm descended on the courtyard though there'll still be a certain amount of dashing about as we get ready for the opening on Friday 15th June.  Reubens was officially opened this morning

th 31 May

Le Patron Roy Hunt has had to explain so many times how he broke his wrist that he wants the world to know he fell off a ladder at home and yes, it was bloody silly and yes, he is finding it difficult to point at things.

tu 8 May

That's gonna hurt!

Lot's of activity out the back including much amusement when Roy and Tracy spotted a builder falling through the roof ... no, not really but the courtyard is open with two circles created out of cobbles from the stables making a little nod to the past.

tu 10 Apr

The courtyard in the Easter sunlightThe lovely sunshine this Easter meant our courtyard was much used.  Regrettably from today until the end of next week building work on Reuben's Bar and Grill means the courtyard may not be available and there may not be access to the hotel through the courtyard from the car park.

th 22 Mar

Work has started at the rear to convert the stables into Reuben's Bar and Grill which has already got its own web site.

sa 10 Mar

Wireless Internet has been unavailable in most of the bedrooms since yesterday morning, expect it back on by tomorrow evening.

we 7 Mar

Muffin the donkey in the stablesBy the car park at the rear we have the stables which were rather appropriately used at last year's Street Fayre for a live nativity complete with donkey!  This spring the stables are being sympathetically restored and converted to a bar and restaurant so we can offer even more facilities.  The bit that has caught us out is discovering Brown Long-Eared Bats in the roof.  We are observing all conservation  guidelines and regs about our non-paying guests and inevitably it has slowed things down but we are still on course for opening the new restaurant this summer.

su 4 Feb

Robert Nisbet and Paul HarrisonBecause of the chicken flu up the road (not to be confused with chicken beer) there's a Sky news team staying at the Framlingham The Crown including Robert Nisbet, Paul Harrison and Paul Brennan, ... mmm ... three presenters?  Must be bigger than we realise ...

su 31 Dec

Dancers include Fram's media slutsAgain a fired up No Spring Chicken got everyone dancing and gave Opportunity Knocks to chef Gary and his dad (who looked nothing like The Proclaimers) and housekeeper Hester (Santa baby).  After complimentary Bucks Fizz (May I say your hair is looking particularly lovely this evening) and theChef Gary and his dad obligatory Auld Langs Syne (with some kissing) recently resigned barman Will (he's off to be a ski Housekeeper Hester singing Santa Baby instructor) led a very good natured and longer than last year conga line round The Market Hill.  Ellie Adele was much admired by everyone including Community Police Officer Andrea Honeywood and yet again a thundering good time was universally enjoyed.

Will leading the conga line down the hill

Ellie Adele, her mum Tracy Clifford and CPO Andrea Honeywood

fr 8 Dec

Cilla charmed the children as a clown

For the 2006 Street Mandy and Tess Fayre it was a free choice in fancy dress at The Crown.  The pic of Cilla as a clown was Tinkerbell squeezing through so successful that The Community News printed it, Mandy liked her saloon girl costume so much she didn't want to send it back, the cowboy saloon theme continued behind the bar and as in 2004 we had another charming Tinkerbell.

sa 28 cc

Ellie Adele at the bungee jump 

Ellie Adele Clifford is now some five weeks old but here's a pic of her at just a few days hanging out at the bungee jump.

tue 19 Sep

Top member of staff Tracy Clifford gave birth to a 7lb 5oz little girl this morning andNew mother Tracy Clifford we're all absolutely delighted.  Congratulations Tracy!

Excitement builds for Friday's bungee jump with an article in yesterday's East African, our Scottish chef jumping in the kilt (possibly in Black Watch mode), four corporate entertainment tables booked (though there are still tables left) and BBC TV's Look East expected to do a live broadcast from the jump.

tu 12 Sep

Golly gosh!  And golly gosh again!  The actor Bernard Hill will be jumping Friday week outside the hotel with his eleven year old son Gabriel.

mo 10 Jul

The survey of wireless Internet in the bedrooms was completed yesterday.  More repeaters soon to increase the coverage.

mo 26 Jun

Free wireless Internet in the lounge 

Buying a hot chocolate or coffee gives you the right to sit in the lounge and drink it and then, like this lad has worked out, you can get free wireless Internet to do your homework!

th 15 Jun

For the second year running we're the box office for the three week Arts Framlingham.  New events this year are Reader, I married him and the Jazz Picnic.

tu 9 May

Kelly Doel in the sunshine and the courtyard of The CrownThe new person in reception and working very closely with Tracy Clifford is Kelly Doel.  If Kelly can put up with Roy (and it's surprising how many people can) then she will be helping to launch the new restaurant in the stables conversion at the back of The Crown later this year.

tu 4 Apr

Malgorzata and her first bouquetMalgorzata (who inevitably we know as Maggie) was 27 today and rather touchingly she said this was the first time she'd ever been given flowers.

th 23 Feb

A wireless internet repeater was installed Monday in the housekeeper's room and free wireless Internet is now available in the majority of the bedrooms as well as the bar, lounge, etc.

fr 20 Jan

The Gamekeeper in the barHappy New Year and free! (but don't tell Roy) wireless Internet is available in the bar, lounge and dining room.  Just turn up with your wireless enabled laptop and connect to The Fram Crown channel.

Over the next couple of weeks the service will be extended to all the bedrooms.


Two club chairsRoom Three is much liked because the "lobby" is big enough to use as a sitting room and even has its own television.  When you enter Room Three facing you are two club chairs where you can sit to watch the tv to your right.  Also on your right is the door to an immense walk in wardrobe and the steps leading to the bathroom.  The "lobby" can take two cots or a cot and zed-bed.  To your left is the bedroom with a desk and a comfortable double bed.

The double bed Steps to the bathroom The bathroom

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

As 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

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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.

sa 22 Dec

Gamekeeper points out the crime sceneThere's a vicious rumour that the petty criminals disturbed pinching ivy down a dark lane were a very senior female member of The Crown's staff and a male junior who is well known to admire her.  The rumour goes on that perhaps they weren't just gathering ivy.  Crown regular Simon Blackburn points out the crime scene.

sa 18 Dec

Thomas AnthonyThere's been a flurry of Crown babies.  On the right is Thomas Anthony born Sunday, not in the stables, to receptionist Vikky Seeley.  Collette Taylor had Amelia Page four weeks early in October, and Vicki Fordham brought Jasmine Keira in to the world two weeks late in August.  There has been mutterings about the receptionists' chair having fertility powers.

we 15 Dec

Sophie as Queen GertrudeFram College, no doubt exhausted from presenting Hamlet - probably the best play in the world, breaks up today.  Sophie, the daughter of a regular Crown guest, played a modern Queen Gertrude.

we 1 Dec

A next door neighbour of The Crown is the delicatessen Carley & Webb who had such an enjoyable Christmas party with us last Saturday they sent flowers!

su 21 Nov

Who is this member of staff?We're still struggling with computers but things are getting better and the directors are planning serious upgrades.  In the meantime a free drink (and we mean a pint, or a glass of wine not a bucket of whisky) to the first person to identify from the passport photie on the left the current member of The Crown staff.

sa 20 Nov

Click for bigger picRoom 8 is traditionally The Bridal Suite but is also know as The Four Poster Suite.  Not surprisingly this very spacious room features a four poster bed.  There is a substantial period wardrobe, half timbered walls, a sofa and two club chairs create a parlour in one corner, and a desk in another corner can be used as a dressing table.  A copiously Click for larger pic appointed room that will make you feel you have done Click for larger pic yourself very well indeed.  At the front of the hotel the room is easily accessible from the main stairs and overlooks the Market Hill and the venerable lantern above the Crown's main entrance.

The room is on one level but the en-suite bathroom has a roll top bath so it may not suit those with mobility difficulties.  Cots and zed-beds are available to accommodate a small family and the free wireless Internet reception is excellent.

we 17 Nov

Fortunately The Crown's web site continued to functionLike everybody else in the universe we've been having computer problems but the staff, particularly Tracy, were their usual flexible, committed selves.  We may have lost some email sent from Sunday afternoon through till late last night.  If you sent email we can only apologise and ask could you please send it again?  Thank you very much.

On a brighter note the flying trip to Genoa, Italy by The Crown team and Beaky was a great success though occasionally the coffee was cold, unlike at The Crown!

fr 12 Nov

"Maybe a plate of olives to start?"Crown staff Jake Clutterbuck and Felicity Potter nobly deputised in the rain and cold this week as Mary and Joseph.  You can see the official Street Fayre photo here but we prefer this unofficial pic of Mary and Joseph checking out the menu before deciding whether they want to stay at the inn anyway.

tu 2 Nov

Attempting to schmooze Beaky in to returning soon The Crown has invited him on a pasta eating weekend in Italy!

mo 25 Oct

After a gratifyingly successful stables to gallery transformation for Arts Framlingham we're keeping the display board opposite reception.  Presently it's full of info about The Street Fayre but from January it will be available for local artists to show their work.  It's FREE (except for a 2.5% service charge should a buyer uses our credit card facilities).

th 7 Oct

Click for a bigger pictureRoom One is a double room towards the rear of the hotel and consequently a quiet room.  The bed and bath rooms are on different levels.  The bedroom is big enough to take a zed-bed, cot or travel cot and we can just about get in two ... but it is tight!  You approach the room along a half timbered corridor, down two steps, a few steps more and the suite's door opens onto what might be called a "vestibule" which also functions as an additional dressing space.  The "vestibule" contains a generous fitted wardrobe.  You turn and go down two stairs to enter the bedroom.  The view from the window is always a Suffolk blue sky ... well almost always, and the toiletries and preparation of the bathroom reflect the care our staff take.

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mo 4 Oct

Beaky and friend.. and didn't Beaky rock on Friday night!  The rhythm section, whose credits include Lonnie Donegan and Emile Ford, were particularly impressive.  His repertoire included hits of the 60s, Steve Miller, Lynryd Skynryd, and a bit of Zep!  Not surprisingly he'll be back soon.

th 16 Sep

Sunday Jam sessions move to the last Sunday of the month.

fr 30 Jul

Click for bigger picRoy Hunt demonstrates the satellite navigation in The Crown's taxi to Tony Carpenter (Beaky of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich) ... and yes, they are still on the road ... ie both Dave Dee etc and the taxi.

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