Bury St Edmunds Restaurants
44 restaurants in Bury St Edmunds
Restaurants in Bury St Edmunds:
30-31 Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1RG [Map]
Every so often you will read of the delights of small market town living, in such places say, as Bury St Edmunds where the pace drops a significant number of notches from, for example, the delights of Notting Hill. Some towns in Britain already enjoy the ready availability of good restaurants and one's mind thinks immediately of Ludlow in Shropshire, with more fine establishments per head of the population than probably anywhere else in Britain.
In Bury St Edmunds a French-style restaurant where the chef, Pascal Canevet, majors on fish, is perhaps part of a movement to encourage that ancient town in the same direction.
The menu is straightforward and the dishes offered, together with the roll call of wonderful piscine names. Let's start with the salmon, a plate of which is designed to tickle the tastebuds and will include salmon 'rillettes' with handpicked Cornish crab meat, cod and dill roulade and shellfish mayonnaise.
At the other end of the scale, and there are stopping-off places in between, is the Royal plate, a breathtaking presentation of lobster, crab, langoustines, oysters, whelks, tiger prawns and mussels.
Seared scallops is presented with diced vegetables brunoise, tomato and balsamic vinegar dressing, whilst fish soup served with rouille, garlic croutons and grated gruyère would need some serious avoiding action. Any quality fish menu is, almost of a necessity, going to mirror a changing market subject indeed to wind and tide, and Maison Bleue is no exception. It is this element of uncertainty that catches the interest and makes every visit a voyage of discovery.
On the other side, there are dishes that follow like wild turbot from the Scottish coast with pan-fried fillet, egg tagliatelle and garlic leaves sauce, or lemon sole, whole fish pan-fried with capers, croutons, lemon and parsley. It is surely one of the hallmarks of a successful approach to cooking fish that a minimalist approach in general pays off almost every time.
They offer different variations on lamb, fowl and beef and it is much to their credit that the wine list, which is full of fish-worthy whites, also does justice to the carnivores, though the tendency to drink red with anything, does seem to be on the increase.
The décor and front of house arrangements are faultless as one has come to expect with this modest but convincingly effective East Anglian group. If you are looking for further information, then you will find that a'plenty on their comprehensive Website, including menus. It should not come as a surprise to learn that it has been named as East of England's restaurant of the year 2009/2010 by the Good Food Guide and two Rosettes by the AA Guide.
French, Modern European, Seafood
Unit R3 Parkway, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BA [Map]
When you enter a chain restaurant there is always a sense of déjà vu, yet with the twelve outlets of Giraffe, this may not really be true. Russel and Juliette Joffe and Andrew Jacobs' philosophy behind this group of restaurants is sustaining the driving force of healthy, happy eating, while retaining the difference each location brings. This includes minor variations in the menu too, and explains why the restaurant does not like to be called a chain, but prefers being referred to as a herd. The origin of its quaint name too, is interesting. The giraffe has the largest heart in the animal kingdom, and with its magnificent height is able to perceive things differently. These two features of being different and large hearted sum up the restaurant's proclamation of 'love, eat, live'.
Giraffe offers world food and adds an unusual twist to some familiar dishes. Their breakfast menu has stacked pancakes with bananas and blueberries, warm waffles, ranch styles tostadas and healthy veggie options. Some great starters are a mezze plate with warm naans that offer the best of many cuisines - grilled halloumi, hummus, tzatiki, ratatouille and falafel. Japanese king fried prawns are a hit, while another bright spot on the menu, is the colourful sunshine antipasti bruschetta, a clever combination of artichokes, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, roasted peppers, red onion and rocket on pesto foccacia. If this long list of ingredients is intriguing, just wait until your palate takes over.
The house's special salad, cheekily called 'more than love', is colourful and has crunchy appeal. The Thai chicken and vermicelli noodle version is an equally enticing starter. For mains, there are plenty of options like roasted corn and chilli bran burritos, tangy turkey enchiladas and the much loved sweet potatoes, asparagus, green beans and broccoli served with organic brown basmati rice. One can also settle for a good old burger and wash it down with interesting smoothies. They also offer world wines and unusual cocktails with catchy names like Bombay flower and pomegranate caipirinha.
The dessert section comprises of not just fruit based healthy desserts, but brilliant stars like Swiss mountain chocolate cheesecake, banana waffle split and rocky road ice cream sundaes, which transport the diner to a state of bliss. The friendly staff, who are carefully hired for their sunny disposition, and children's activities help make these restaurants a very special, happy and healthy treat indeed.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
59 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LB [Map]
Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London. Almost inevitably the décor and design of each restaurant differs from the others, but there is a general curtsy towards La France.
Many restaurants do an excellent breakfast, or shall we say petit dejeuner, at which such delights as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toasted brioche, croque Madame, croissants and pain au chocolat make welcome appearances, and to their credit the English traditional gets top billing.
An array of small dishes takes in pulled pork pâté with French bread, and spicy beef and lamb sausage with harissa mayonnaise. Salads and pasta feature largely, as do baguettes and croques. Quick dishes, ideal for lunch, include slices of saucisson and cured pork loin with French bread.
Moving on to more serious stuff we find steaks, an 8oz bavette and thin cut rib eye, with a choice of béarnaise or peppercorn sauce. No French menu would be complete without the poulet jaune grille, pan-roasted breast of corn-fed chicken served on a warm taboulé of bulgar wheat and a medley of roasted vegetables with minted crème fraîche, or a steak frites before moving on to the crème brûlée, or the tart tatin. Almost invariably the coffee tastes like coffee should, something that sadly can all too often still not be said of our English restaurants, who depend too much upon technology and too little on the acquisition of a certain flair for this important conclusion to a meal.
By now we all know that the French, despite their distinctive habits when it comes to matters of satisfying the inner man, maintain a miraculous longevity of life. This is generally attributed to a number of causes, of which a measured consumption of decent wine is foremost. Café Rouge, you may be pleased to hear, encourages this with a well-chosen selection of French wines. Their prix fixe lunch and meals for children, both at a very reasonable figure, also offer excellent value.
Their Website will keep you updated on menu changes, news and other competitions and offers from the Café Society.
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35-36 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LW [Map]
Prezzo has been delighting diners for over eight years, and this Italian restaurant chain has since been able to expand throughout large parts of England and Scotland with some 141 outlets.
Interestingly, the company seeks to restore either impressive buildings or ones of local interest. The conversion of the Newbury library and other listed buildings, such as those in Salisbury, Romsey and Mayfair, are all welcome examples of 'new use'. Their trendy and sophisticated décor usually consists of tiled or wooden floors with delicate lights and colourful paintings, along with wooden furniture and sparkling cutlery, creating a setting that is suitable for a relaxed lunch, a family meal or an evening out with friends.
The restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy. The menu includes pizza, pasta, risotto, grilled meats, fresh salads and frequently changing specials.
The freshly baked breads, like the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, are perfect for sharing and give you adequate breathing space to order starters to follow. Crab cakes served with garlic mayonnaise or grilled goat's cheese with plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on foccacia bread with a balsamic glaze set the tone for a hearty meal. Best fun is to order an antipasto platter to share made up from seven well loved Italian nibbles.
Find pastas such as the unusual penne con salmone, with oak-roasted salmon, broccoli and fresh chillies in a red pesto and cream sauce, or firm favourites like spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, and fusilli al pesto, asparagus spears with field mushrooms and roasted peppers in a basil pesto sauce.
Amongst the special pastas, the pollo mariano, seasoned chicken, pepperoni sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce, is interesting and different. Italian menus would be incomplete without risotto, like tiger prawns with petits pois in a creamy saffron sauce.
Classic pizzas embrace, among a wide selection, the popular napoletana, topped with yellowfin tuna, tomato, white anchovies, capers, red onion, mozzarella and marinated olives, and the much loved quattro stagioni - pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella and tomato.
Specials could include the pollo Siciliana, char-grilled chicken breast, prosciutto ham and plum tomato slices, baked with their blend of cheese, only one example from the many tempting offerings that come out from the Prezzo kitchens.
You can accompany the food with a variety of tipples, though for many, Italian food requires Italian wines to be enjoyed to the full, ranging from house wine through Morellino di Scansano and Prosecco to liqueurs and beer, and there is espresso or fresh ground coffee to wind up an enjoyable meal, in company with a glass of grappa or sambuca.
This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
Prezzo is a lively group and opportunities to improve and update are never left on the table for long. Keep up to date with a quick click on their Website .
The Beehive Pub, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5SN [Map]
68 High Street, Ixworth, Bury St Edmunds , IP31 2HJ [Map]
Special occasions tend to shine when celebrated at Theobalds Restaurant, a popular dining venue for the residents of the village of Ixworth and even Bury St Edmunds. This charming restaurant is housed in a 16th century building which has been lovingly restored by its owners who have retained the fine woodwork and the original oak beams while still creating a modern dining space that is elegant as well as efficient.
Continuing to serve fresh and delicious fare from the past 28 years, Theobalds brings imaginative menus that rely heavily on local suppliers, ensuring that the food doesn't travel too far to reach your plate. Amongst starters, the lamb's sweetbreads and chestnut mushrooms sautéed with tarragon and served in a crisp pastry case are excellent, while the main course of pan fried fillet of wild sea bass with roast pimentos and olives lives up to its expectations magnificently. A sweet finish comes in the form of baked figs with elderflower ice cream and an eclectic wine list meets your requirements superbly.
English, French, Modern British
The Street, Hessett, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9AX [Map]
Modern British, Seafood, Steak
Horringer Court, Horringer Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5PH [Map]
Clarice House is a small chain of exclusive health clubs, and residential and day spas, all situated in classic country houses in parkland settings. The Colchester branch offers all these and more in the form of Juniper, its prestigious AA Rosette restaurant.
The stylish interior offers lovely views of the well-kept grounds and with its soft lighting, calming colour scheme and soothing background music, Juniper is a promising place for romance or that special evening meal.
The British restaurant ensures diners are spoilt with a new and fun food experience under the leadership of Chef Paul Boorman. Starters include warm pigeon and chilli-poached pear salad, roast beetroot risotto, and the more unusual, molecular prawn cocktail.
The mains rest on the able shoulders of poached duck, venison, sea bass, and hare, which are served with an array of colourful sauces and vegetables. The dessert menu is equally celestial, with an impressive white chocolate and pistachio creme brulée,flambéed theatrically by Juniper's enthusiastic staff.
A selection of aperitifs, fine wines and champagne, all priced well, complement your meal.
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Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London.
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