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5 of the Best Award-Winning Restaurants

Make the most of your time in Bury St Edmunds and dine in one of our award-winning restaurants...

The historic town of Bury St Edmunds is fast becoming a culinary hotspot - during the Food & Drink Festival, make sure you book a table at one of these fabulous award-winning restaurants...

1. Maison Bleue

Featured in the Top 100 Places to Eat in the UK and most recently was announced as the regional winner in the fine dining cuisine category and scooped the coveted Global Winner for Haute Cuisine in the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards, Maison Bleue offers a refined a la carte menu using fresh, seasonal produce. 

Choose from Orkney Island king scallop, Norfolk quail, Jersey oyster and langoustine with salmon to start followed by wild sea Bass, halibut, Creedy Carver Duck, Aberdeen Angus reef or rabbit. For dessert there's bramble apple tartlet with Aspall cider jelly, hazelnut and chestnut dacquoise and Coffee and Azelia Grand Cru chocolate soft ganache. 

The wine list is equally as impressive; boasting a selection of the restaurant's handpicked wines along with fine wines, sparking wines and Champagne.

2. Ben's Restaurant

Offering an authentic taste of Suffolk, Ben's award-winning field-to-fork restaurant has won numerous accolades including the Field to Fork Winner 2016 at the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards, The Good Food Guide 2016, 2017 & 2018 'Local Gem' award, Countryside Alliance Awards Finalist 2015 for Local Food, and a finalist in the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards Finalist 2015 Field to Fork Category.

Much of the meat and produce comes from Ben's nearby farm; including the Oxford Sandy and Black rare breed pigs, Jacob sheep and chickens and ducks for eggs alongside vegetables grown on the allotment and fruits such as apples, pears, plums and cherries grown in the orchard. 

On the menu you will find Ben's pork scotch egg, Norfolk black pudding and smoked ham filo parcels, smoked salmon carpaccio and Rhea egg, spinach and new potato frittata to start, followed by Ben's bangers, confit Leg of Gressingham duck, pan roasted fillet of cod, oriental beef bavette and Suffolk blue cheese and broccoli gnocchi. 

Leave room for dessert too! Choose from summer berry pavlova, dark chocolate brownie and blondie, vanilla panna cotta or sticky fruit pudding.

Alternatively, you could opt for a delectable Afternoon Tea or Gentleman's Afternoon tea!

3. Pea Porridge

Pea Porridge restaurant in Bury St Edmunds has been awarded the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand award for seven years running and is one of only 143 in the UK to be granted the world’s oldest restaurant guide’s accolade for establishments offering good food at reasonable prices. 

Head Chef and Owner Justin Sharp (head chef-proprietor) and his wife Jurga (front-of-house), serve dishes they themselves love to cook and eat, prioritising local, seasonal produce. Starters include asparagus & wild garlic soup, sauté of snails & bacon on toast and “Bertha” grilled quail. 

For you main, choose from “Bertha” grilled English rose veal loin chop, ricotta & rocket malfatti, asparagus, Aylesbury duck breast with wild garlic mash and Breckland venison haunch.

To compliment your meal, choose  bottle from the extensive, handpicked wine menu.

4. The Northgate

The Northgate was recently awarded the Diners Choice Award 2018 and with a 5 star A Gold Award for their sumptuous rooms, you can enjoy a foodie weekend at The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds. The Northgate is home to the only Chef's Table in the town; here 12 guests have the chance to see first-hand a busy kitchen team in action and the opportunity to choose from a specially prepared tasting menu which uses the finest local ingredients combined with the most up to date cooking techniques.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with the 'Tastes of Anglia' dining experience. The dinner menu includes dishes such as Baron Bigod, marinated summer vegetables and spelt toast, beef carpaccio and Devon crab to start, followed by main courses of Denham Estate lamb, Old Spot pork chop, roast courgette with Norfolk quail eggs, rare breed 50-day aged rib-eye and pan roast hake.

Make sire you leave room for dessert; lemon tart, raspberry mousse with fresh elder flower, raspberry jelly and elder flower petal ice cream and English strawberries with lemon possett. 

5. 1921

Winner of the 'Best Restaurant' award at the 2017 Suffolk Food & Drink Awards, 1921 is a fine dining restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds. 

Start your meal with canapés and an aperitif in the lounge before moving into the restaurant and choosing from the exciting menu featuring some of the region's top produce. 

For your starter, choose from curried parsnip veloute, Mersea crab, smoked mackrel fishcake, White Nancy's goat's cheese fondant or langoustine bouillabaisse.

For your main, there's sirloin of local beef with braised shin, pommes dauphine, snails and parsley, pan fried skate, confit duck leg, wild mushroom risotto and locally shot hare, rack, loin and leg with truffle dumplings.

Finish your meal with a dessert of dark chocolate fondant, apple tartin, carrot cake with orange sorbet, lemon curd parfait and a selection of British cheeses, followed by Bury’s own Butterworth’s coffee and a selection of hand-crafted petit fours.

Watch head chefs from The Northgate and Maison Bleue cook live at the Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival on Sunday 26th August - for our top festival picks, click here!

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