Places To Eat
Please note most places are now open again but sometimes on restricted days/hours, and we'd suggest booking as many are really popular.
There are the usual chain restaurants in the towns and cities of Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich. We also particularly recommend the following:
The Leaping Hare
Wyken Vineyards, Wyken Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2DU. Tel 01359 250287. This elegantly converted 14th Century Suffolk barn on Sir Kenneth & Lady Carla Carlisle's estate is set amongst gorgeous gardens, ancient woodlands & seven acres of vineyards planted in 1988, noted for producing highly respectable, mostly white, wines. The restaurant is noted for an impeccably sourced, seasonally inspired menu which is essentially modern and traditional European. It has been mentioned in the Good Food Guide for the past 20 consecutive years and is only about 4 miles from Badwell Ash. There is also an excellent Farmers' Market every Saturday morning, and they do great pizza at lunchtimes.
28 Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1JR. Tel 01284 700200. Very characterful restaurant set in an old bakery, the food is simple and flavourful. Head chef Justin Sharp cooks with local seasonal produce, offers a very good wine list, and can now boost a Michelin Star - the very first to be awarded to a Suffolk restaurant.
30/31 Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1RG. Tel 01284 760623. Quality and creativity are the hallmarks of Pascal’s menu including fresh prime ingredients beautifully presented with an innovative twist that highlights the flavours.
3 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LT. Tel 01284 714000.Impressive hotel overlooking the Abbey and gardens. Does fabulous cocktails and its location makes it a great place to start an evening out with a drink, and it also has a strong a la carte menu using a lots of seasonal and country fare.
Queens Bar and Grill
39 Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 . Tel 01284 488181. Located in the heart of the historic part of Bury this is another great place to start your evening with a cocktail. The hickory and charcoal smokehouse food is especially appetising.
The Great House Restaurant, Lavenham
Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9Q2. Tel 01787 247431. This 14th Century period house located in the centre of the beautiful medieval village of Lavenham provides a menu of modern French cuisine. Lavenham itself is well worth a visit. Harry Potter fans will know some of its buildings were used for filming, and there is also a farmers market on Saturdays.
Bars and Pubs
The White Horse Inn
Badwell Ash, tel 01359 259909. This is a traditional late 17th-19th Century village pub with separate bar and restaurant providing real ale and lunch and evening meals. It has benefited from extensive refurbishment in 2020.
Norton, tel 01359 230440. This is a cosy inn serving locally sourced food from breakfast to dinner.
The Bull Inn
Bacton, tel 01449 781983. Rory and his team offer good quality gastro pub food and a warm welcome.
The Pakenham Fox
The Street, Pakenham, tel 01359 230194. This is a locally owned free house pub serving cask ales and meals in its pleasant restaurant with lovely outdoor space. Pizzas are served on Friday evenings.
The Fox, Elmswell
Station Road, Elmswell, tel 01359 244662. This pub also includes a first rate Thai restaurant with a takeaway option.
Troston nr Bury St Edmunds, tel 01359 269820. Ben and Sam bought this pub in 2020 and have had an immediate and positive impact. The menu is interesting, the wine list is impressive, and the garden is awesome in the summer.