New head chef appointed at Suffolk-based hotel

The Hotel Folk have hired a new head chef to oversee the menu at The Crown at Woodbridge – one venue in the group's six-strong estate. 

Sci Daniels, TV food expert and former MasterChef finalist, will lead the kitchen at The Crown. As a Suffolk native with 30 years' expeirence in the industry, Daniels has previously worked as head chef in many local, award-winning restaurants, one of which boasts four stars and AA two rosettes. 

Open for all day dining, Daniels' signature dishes come with fun, tongue-in-cheek names and a photo-ready finish. The star breakfast dish, 'Eggs Seckford', is a nod to Woodbridge benefactor Thomas Seckford and includes sourdough toast topped with house-cured salmon, spinach, poached eggs, mousseling sauce and bourbon-cured bacon.

Featured on both the lunch and dinner menu is the chef's speciality burger, 'The Royale with Cheese' – a beef, bone marrow and truffle patty topped with red onion chutney, tomato, cheese and truffle mayonnaise, sandwiched between a charcoal brioche bun. This is served with The Crown's 'roast dinner' salt and sustainable chips, sourced through The Teapot Project – an initiative that helps reduce food waste. 

As an ambassador of the project, The Crown will donate 50p for every portion of chips sold as a side to the charity initiative. 

Those who are gluten-free and plant-based are also well catered for across menus – including dessert, where all dishes that include jelly are set using agar.

"The new menus take the high quality, fun atmosphere and fantastic customer service The Crown at Woodbridge is known for, and pushes it up to another level," says David Scott, CEO of The Hotel Folk Group. 

"I have no doubt that this is the first of many menus that Sci will create to inspire and excite guests. We’re absolutely dedicated to ensuring that The Crown at Woodbridge is a place that is front of mind when deciding where to dine, and I am convinced that the quality of food on these menus will do just that."

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