Pub is crowned as county’s best for second time

The Crown in Stoke by Nayland has won an award

Pictured: Head Chef Nick Beavan, General Manager Nicole Barrett and Managing Director Richard Sutherland ANL-160920-200135009
The Crown in Stoke by Nayland has won an award Pictured: Head Chef Nick Beavan, General Manager Nicole Barrett and Managing Director Richard Sutherland ANL-160920-200135009

Staff at The Crown in Stoke-by-Nayland are celebrating being recognised by the 2017 edition of the Good Pub Guide as Suffolk’s Dining Pub of the Year – for the second time.

The Crown is no stranger to the guide, having previously won the same accolade in 2011 and named the Good Pub Guide’s Wine Pub of the Year in 2005.

Co-owner Richard Sunderland said: “I am naturally personally delighted but even more pleased for the team; they all work very hard and, to be recognised in this way, just gives everyone a great lift.”

A big emphasis is placed on recruitment at The Crown.

General manger Nicole Barrett said: “Getting the right mix of people is crucial to any successful business. It takes a great deal of time and effort but this proves it is worth it.”

The pub re-opened in 2003 following a major refurbishment. An 11-bedroom hotel was added in 2008, costing more than £1 million, and the pub’s expansion plans include adding on more rooms and a private dining room.

The Crown has 11 chefs and employs 55 people.

Twenty Sufolk pubs are named in the latest Good Pub Guide, including The Black Lion, in Long Melford, where general manager Varinder Arora said he was delighted the pub’s contemporary food by chef Nick Traher and customer service had been recognised.