East Anglia hotel/pub suggestions

Old Mar 19th, 2017, 12:05 PM
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East Anglia hotel/pub suggestions

One of my brothers has suggested a siblings get together,staying in a hotel somewhere, rather than one of us hosting it.
My brothers, being what they are, have failed to come up with any sensible destinations.
My brothers live in York, Derby and two in Buckinghamshire, and we can get a ferry to Harwich so I have suggested somewhere in East Anglia.

I realise this is a bit vague, and East Anglia is big but I would appreciate suggestions for nice hotels or pubs with rooms, preferably close to interesting things to do during the day.

Our favourite pub near Cambridge only has four rooms so that is out. We'd want to stay two or three nights I think, date yet to be decided, as it will depend amongst other things on somewhere having 5 rooms available to us.
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Old Mar 19th, 2017, 01:12 PM
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can't recommend one particular hotel but this might prove of use

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Old Mar 20th, 2017, 12:16 AM
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You are right - East Anglia is a big area!
I'd have a look at the small towns of Lavenham and Long Melford which are both in Suffolk. Lavenham in particular is absolutely beautiful so you'd get Brownie points for the wow factor.
As the link shows, it is a town full of beamed, thatched ancient houses, often painted the local 'Suffolk Pink' colour.
I don't know what interests you, but there are good walks, stately homes to visit etc. The local churches are spectacular and huge, built on the proceeds of the lucrative medieval wool industry.
My family all live locally so I don't stay in Hotels but the Swan Hotel in Lavenham has a good reputation. It is also one of the loveliest buildings you will ever see.
There's also the Bull in Long Melford (which is renowned for all its antique shops) and the Long Melford Swan.
If you are looking for a bigger town then Bury St Edmunds is very nice, home to Greene King ale (you can tour the factory).
We often eat at The Old Cannon Brewery and I know it has several rooms if you fancy staying over! The food is good and they brew very good beer on site.
Hope this kicks off some research.
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Thanks sofar and Morgana. I shall forward your suggestions to the brothers and see if anything appeals.
I know Lavenham from visiting it as a child when I stayed with my Aunt in a village near Braintree. We first went there on a WI trip and both of us liked it so we went back several times over the years.

It will be interesting to see if my brothers can get their act together on this. I am happy to make suggestions but I don't want to be the organiser of it all.
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You could try the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds. It's right across the street from Abby Gardens, and was mentioned in Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers. I often have lunch there, but have never stayed overnight.
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