Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Bury St Edmunds
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Bury St Edmunds restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 19 restaurants in Bury St Edmunds and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bury St Edmunds restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The One Bull British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 25 Angel Hill - IP33
A “lovely pub-restaurant” where the food is decently rated; more of an attraction, “a great list of wine by the glass” (and the beer isn’t bad either, given its ownership by the local Brewshed brewery).
2. Maison Bleue French restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 30-31 Churchgate St - IP33
“Everything about it is welcoming, enjoyable and utterly tasty!” – Pascal & Karine Canavet’s “lovely village venue” is one of East Anglia’s prime restaurant destinations. The “confident and refined” French cuisine (with fish a highlight) “looks (and tastes) stunning”, while “well-paced” service is “courteous and charming, without being oily or sycophantic”. There’s also a “superb wine list to accommodate every dish” – “so many interesting vintages to choose from, mainly French, and not overpriced”.
3. 1921 Angel Hill British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 19-21 Angel Hill - IP33
“Beautifully judged dishes appear from their small kitchen. How do they do it?” wonder fans of chef-patron Zack Deakins’s cooking in this “lovely old house” off Angel Hill. The “truly wonderful canapes” are a highlight, with the “generous” option of all eight for £11. Other reporters are more circumspect in their praise: “it’s a nice place to eat, but I wish they changed their menu more often – it starts to feel a bit samey” – or “there’s no doubting the intent and effort, but the tasting menu is a curate’s egg...”.
4. The Angel Eaterie British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds The Angel Hotel, 3 Angel Hill, - IP33
2019 Review: The relaxed ground floor brasserie of this attractive Georgian coaching inn, in the town centre, wins positive (if limited) feedback as an all-day dining destination with options from breakfast on.
5. Voujon Indian restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 29 Mustow St - IP33
2019 Review: “The best Indian restaurant in the area” pretty much ticks all the boxes: polished setting, “fantastic value” (if slightly standard) grub (“even the toilets are good!)”
6. The Northgate British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 13-15 Northgate Street - IP33
2021 Review: “For that romantic meal close to the town centre within super gardens and with a great terrace”, this elegant restaurant with rooms provides a “gorgeous” setting and “delicious cooking”. At lunch, there’s a cheaper set menu (as well as the option of sandwiches and salads).
7. Valley Connection British, Modern restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 42 Churchgate St - IP33
2018 Review: “Above-average Indian food, well cooked and presented in a modern setting” again wins praise for this town-centre Indian.
8. Pea Porridge Mediterranean restaurant in Bury St Edmunds 28-29 Cannon St - IP33
“Small and perfect... now with added Michelin star...” – Justin & Jurga Sharp’s “quirky spot in the centre of the town” (a tucked-away townhouse) has long been one of the most popular and highly rated destinations in the county. “The couple deliver a wonderful experience” in a “stripped-back” bistro setting which scores highly for its “appealing exotic menu” – “big and fresh and simple and complex, all at the same time”. One or two long-term advocates for the place, though, feel their recent accolade was mis-judged. One feels “the chef is now trying too hard”. Another long-term-fan says: “Not sure what the Michelin inspectors had been smoking when they visited Bury St Edmunds. This is a great, small restaurant, run by the delightful Jurga and Justin, but is definitely Bib Gourmand, rather than star material. Tasty and interesting food, great service, but not quite ‘WOW’!”. These are quibbles though. The overall verdict – “undoubtedly excellent”.
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