... a bit Suffolk
sa 31 Dec
Just 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 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
fr 9 Dec
Just 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
Although 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.
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.
su 11 Sep
What else could you ask for?
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
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 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
Tracy 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.
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 crowded 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
When 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 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
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
Brad 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
There'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
There'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 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
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
Room 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 appointed room that will make you feel you have done 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
Like 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
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
Room 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.
mo 4 Oct
.. 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
Roy 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.