It’s the battle of the B&Bs on TV

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A Hadleigh B&B this week starred in a TV programme when it went head-to-head in a competition with three other businesses.

The show, which was aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday, is called Four In A Bed, and is similar in style to Come Dine With Me.

Three other contestants – from Cumbria, East Lothian and Blackpool – were entertained by Dr Stephen Stanley-Little at his 17th-century bed and breakfast business at Westward Cottage in Benton Street.

He also visited their B&Bs and each had to rate the others, in a bid to win the title of best in the show.

Dr Stanley-Little said he went into the competition as a tribute to his late wife, who started the business in 2006, and also to showcase Hadleigh as he feels it is such a nice town in which to live.

“I showed them round the town and took them to dinner at the George – I think they were quite impressed,” said Dr Stanley-Little.

But he did have a worrying moment over breakfast, when he accidently burned the croissants, was a bit late serving, and some of the other contestants gave him a hard time.

“In my defence, I was doing it all on my own, and the others seemed to have help in the kitchen,” he said.

“It was mind-boggling how they film it because every shot has to be taken two or three times.

“It was interesting how the interviewers slanted the conversations to make it a bit controversial, which is what makes good TV.”

If you want to know how Dr Stanley-Little got on, you will have to watch Channel 4 at 5pm tomorrow when the week-long show concludes.