A unique history

About The Thorpeness Dolphin Inn

Formally known as the Crown Inn, the original building used to be attached to six cottages known as West Terrace. The inn was renamed when the cottages were demolished and the building extended with bedrooms to become the Dolphin Inn.

Parts of the village, then known as Aldringham-cum-Thorpe, date back to Tudor times, but in 1910 the village was renamed Thorpeness when landowner, Stuart Ogilvie, began realising his plan to create a unique seaside holiday village on the site.

The Dolphin Inn was consumed by fire in September 1995 and was rebuilt and re-opened in 1998.

David took over the running of The Dolphin in 2007 and together with his lovely daughter Kerry, immediately made an impact, ensuring The Dolphin became an important part of the community.  With the arrival of Chris as Head Chef and the addition of the Village Store, his goal, based on friendly service, good food using local producers and an extensive choice of beverages is now being realised.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 11am-3pm and 6pm-11pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm

Festive Opening Hours

21st – 24th 11am-11pm

Christmas Day – 12pm-2pm

Boxing Day – 12pm-5pm

27th – 30th 11am-11pm

New Years Eve 11am-7pm

1st – 5th 11am-11pm


Food Service

Monday – Friday 12pm-2pm / 6pm-8.30pm

Saturday 12pm-2.30pm / 6pm-9pm

Sunday 12pm-2.30pm / 6pm-8pm


We are very busy during the festive period. It is highly recommenced to book your table. For tables of 8 people or less please book online. For bookings of more than 8 please call us. 

Please note that from Boxing Day until 2nd January we will be running a reduced menu due to limited deliveries from suppliers.  

Call Us Today

01728 454994