Bury St Edmunds offers a blend of authentic, old-fashioned English meals spiced with a little café culture. After whetting your appetite at the large variety of food and drinks available at the twice weekly market that meanders around the town every Wednesday and Saturday, perhaps you’d like to visit a few more favourite local dining spots to sample some delicious Suffolk treats.
Maison Bleue: Located at Churchgate, Maison Bleue (which is ‘blue house’ in French – a little strange, because aside from the blue awning, the building’s exterior is white), the restaurant is considered by many as the best in town. Trip Advisor also rated the Maison Bleue as the sixth best restaurant in the UK for three consecutive years. The menu here is a fusion of East and West, and features combinations such as sashimi, roasted Scottish cod, stir fried pak choi, and rye bread crumble.
Harriet's Tearoom: For a quintessential English high or afternoon tea experience, head on over to Harriet’s Tearoom at Cornhill. Aside from tea, there’s also coffee, along with cakes, cucumber sandwiches and scones. A pianist also performs there on most afternoons.
Valley Connection: A fine Indian restaurant deep in heart of Suffolk? With a Bangladeshi twist at that? Impossible, you say? It’s true. Valley Connection offers traditional Indian meals such as tandoori chicken (£4.50), salmon tikka (£5.50) and lamb biryani (£10.95) in an elegant, contemporary setting at extremely competitive prices.
Zen Noodle Bar: A town with an Indian restaurant is required by law (or should be, anyway) to have a Chinese one as well. Zen Noodle Bar offers a wide variety of noodle dishes such as Pad Thai, spicy Singapore noodles, and mixed seafood udon. Traditional favourites such as roast duck, chilli king prawns and sweet and sour chicken are also available. The restaurant also offers a brick-vaulted basement for private functions.
The Station Smoke House Bar & Grill: The restaurant offers authentic American smoked meat using a secret marinade. They even got Eric, an American guy from Utah, to smoke the meat. Drinking
Queen's Head: The family-run pub makes visitors feel instantly at home with its large bar in old oak finish. A popular watering hole for football fans, Queen’s Head also has a decent menu and wine list.
The Nutshell: It is reputed to be the smallest pub in the country. It’s probably true, since The Nutshell, which measures at 15 x 17 feet, struggles to fit in more than five people at a time inside its heavily-decorated interior. Oh, and there’s a dried cat inside (really), along with a ton of merchandise such as t-shirts and tankards.
Dog and Partridge: Owned by locally-headquartered hospitality giant Greene King, the Dog and Partridge offers the widest range of brews in town. It also has a great menu consisting of old favourites like cured ham, bangers and fish and chips. The regulars here tilt towards the younger demographic, including students.
LP: The primary attraction of the bar is the nightclub on the first floor. There’s a mobile bar and cocktail menu downstairs, and a live DJ upstairs. Private booths, starting from £250, are available on Friday and Saturday nights.