Harden's survey result
One of the most popular and highly rated neighbourhood restaurants in the country – Justin & Jurga Sharp’s “delightful” bistro occupies a “tucked-away” townhouse in the heart of the town and “though a little off-the-beaten track is worth seeking out”. “Often combining quirky ingredients”, the “exciting” cuisine is “unusual, hearty” and “brilliantly realised” and supported by a “very interesting wine list”: “of diverse inspiration, with lots of natural wines and perfectly complementing the food”. Service, meanwhile “could not be more welcoming or accommodating.”
Justin Sharp (chef) and his wife Jurga (front-of-house), “run a wonderful and eclectic restaurant” in a sidestreet at the heart of this lovely town, occupying a converted town house, where a meal is “akin to eating really good food at your friend’s home”. But there’s nothing very domestic about the “seasonal and creative”, ‘nose-to-tail’ British cuisine however (“with ingredients seldom to be found on the menus of other restaurants”): “rustic and hearty dishes” are “realised with absolute precision”. “The wine list is also interesting, with excellent and informative notes”.
“Interesting cuts and techniques” (“where else will you find a starter of hares’ livers and kidneys?”) characterises Justin Sharp’s nose-to-tail approach at this “intimate and romantic” small restaurant, “tucked away in side street away from the centre of this glorious town”, where his “unusual and exciting menu offerings” are “prepared with great flare”. He runs it with his wife Jurge, and “they try very hard indeed”.
“So unassuming, a real local eatery, but THE FOOD! – the food beats anything.” This “small and delightful classic bistro” is “friendly, relaxed, informal…just what a neighbourhood restaurant should be”. Foodwise, however, it’s a major step up: Justin Sharp’s “cracking and adventurous” fare is “fabulous, including unusual nose-to-tail options”, and “his passion for natural wines and enthusiastic support of small producers makes for an intriguing list”. There’s an “absolutely first-class welcome” too, from staff overseen by Jurga, his wife.
Pea Porridge Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Wonderful rustic restaurant with superb menu. Not too many dishes to choose from but certainly enough for you to muse over for quite a while as the dishes are so different. We love the menu and there are always so many specials you will still be left wondering. Gorgeous food, fantastic welcoming and knowledgeable service. You can feel intimate as a couple or have a lovely meal with friends and have a good laugh. What more could you want?"
|Wine per bottle||£26.95|
28-29 Cannon St, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1JR
|Tuesday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|