Dine out post lockdown in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond

Dine out once more and book a table at one of these Bury St Edmunds eateries offering outdoor dining...

It's been a long winter, and whilst a freshly baked banana loaf made by your own fair hands is delicious, there's nothing quite like leaving it to the professionals and dining out in a restaurant or cafe.

Count down the days to lockdown ending and book a table at one (or many!) of these restaurants and cafes who will all have social distancing measures in place and are offering alfresco dining.

Bury St Edmunds 


Re-opening with their outdoor marquee from 12 April, CASA in Bury St Edmunds offers a mouth-watering menu of tapas and sharing dishes - so you can imagine you're sat on a terrace in the Mediterranean, without having to travel! 

Popular dishes on the menu include garlic king prawns, lamb koftas with tzatziki, Spanish meatballs, feta and pomegranate salad, creamy garlic mushrooms and Morrocon potatoes. Finish off with desserts such as chocolate delice, raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake and profiteroles - all served with a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

Booking now open at

The Northgate 

Re-opening their Spring Garden Tipi from 14 April, you can enjoy some of the finest dining Bury St Edmunds has to offer at The Northgate. 

The menus use local, seasonal content and typically include dishes such as white onion and new potato soup, grilled butterflied mackerel, roast partridge with pickled summer squash and pumpkin seed for starter. Main courses to choose from include grilled cod; celeriac and parmesan risotto; roast duck breast or local venison. Followed by desserts of dark chocolate mousse with espresso caramel and coconut sorbet; creme caramel; chilled vanilla rice pudding and chef's choice cheese. 

Booking is now open at

The Lounge & Garden

With 10 tables socially distanced tables in the courtyard garden and 2 tables on the pavement of Bury's historic Hatter Street, The Lounge & Garden is perfect for a post-lockdown bite to eat.

Serving a breakfast and lunch menu, there's plenty to choose from to suit all tastes, together with a selection of pastries, cakes etc and savoury snacks and a full range of hot and cold drinks. 

For more information visit

The Masons Arms 

A traditional pub in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, The Masons Arms serves a fabulous selection of real and guest ales alongside hearty pub grub. The terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a pint of one of Greene King's cast ales (brewed within the town), alongside your meal; choose from Masons fish and chips, mushroom & spinach lasagne; pulled beef chilli con carne; The Masons classic beef burger; jackfruit burger and sweet potato, chick pea and spinach curry.

The Priory Hotel

The Garden Restaurant at The Priory Hotel will be re-opening with outside dining from 12 April. Diners can enjoy menus featuring fresh, local produce with dishes including homemade seasonal soup; cumin spiced whitebait with lemon mayo and crispy spiced chicken salad for starter.

Main courses typically include battered haddock with hand cut chips; Chef's homemade vegetable curry and Hunter's chicken. With desserts such as homemade rich chocolate brownie; homemade sticky toffee pudding and fresh fruit salad to enjoy.

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The arc shopping centre

There are a number of eateries at the arc shopping centre who will be offering outdoor dining!

Byron Burgers (pictured above), CostaMuffin BreakNandosWagamama and Hotel Chocolat all offer outside dining for customers. 

They offer the perfect place to stop and relax for coffee or lunch while shopping at the centre. The shops you love have now opened their doors, with heightened safety measures to give you peace of mind.

Pilgrim's Kitchen

Home cooked, locally sourced fayre, the signature food of the chef, still tops the menu at St Edmundabury Cathedral's Pilgrim's Kitchen. 

Open for breakfast/brunch and lunch, the cafe offers Suffolk-based Paddy and Scott's coffee as well as Fairtrade tea, James White Apple juice and a choice of Fairtrade wine or the iconic Greene King St Edmund's ale.

The cafe offers locally sourced ingredients - sauces from Stokes of Woodbridge, jams and chutneys from Elveden Estates plus cakes baked on the premises as well as their famous cheese scones. Get there early for the scones as these are a favourite of the Cathedral staff!

Queen's Bar & Grill

The newly rejuvenated courtyard garden at Queen's Bar & Grill is the perfect setting for a delicious meal or cocktail. 

The authentic smokehouse uses local, seasonal produce with the menu typically including burgers such as The Queen beef burger (beef patty, American cheese, crispy bacon, burger sauce and gherkin), Miss Piggy burger (pork patty, Monteray Jack cheese, BBQ pulled pork and bacon jam), Hot Chick (Kentucky fried chicken, street slaw and spicy baconaise) and Posh Spice (curried butternut squash, and their famous free range scotch egg.

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Blackthorpe Barn

Spring has finally arrived at Blackthorpe Barn and its Courtyard Café, which is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. 

Set in the courtyard of the historic Blackthorpe Barn, the Courtyard Café is perfectly located for anyone fancying a country walk with their dog, a bike ride or just a piece of delicious homemade cake and a cup of freshly made coffee or choose a cold drink to soak in the sun.

Liz and her friendly 'Karat Catering' team will be waiting to make your day just that little bit better. With distanced seats around the courtyard as well as tables in chalets and undercover too, Liz has thought of everything.

Beyond Bury St Edmunds

The Weeping Willow 

Sit amongst the twinkling lights in the charming garden tipi at The Weeping Willow in Barrow, which is re-opening from 12 April. You can enjoy a glass of wine or two (why not!) along with dishes made using locally and seasonally sourced produce; from nibbles and small plates to Willow classics and desserts.  

The menu features dishes such as soup of the day; devilled vegetarian Scotch egg; salmon and cod fishcake; duck break and smoked mackerel for starter. For your main course there's Dingley Dell pork belly; Willow burger; seafood risotto; rump of lamb; Adnams beer battered cod & chips and 10oz sirloin steak. Leave room for dessert and choose from lemon and lime curd meringues with raspberry sorbet; sticky toffee pudding; chocolate tarte; eggnog brulee and British cheeses.

Booking is now open at

The Black Lion, Long Melford

The spring garden terrace will be reopening at The Black Lion in Long Melford on 30 April. The 15th century inn serves a traditional menu with a modern twist, with an accompanying wine list, selection of beers cocktails and mocktails - so you can sip on a glass of bubbly whilst watching the sun go down.

The lunch menu offers starters including celery and apple soup; grilled mackerel; poached chicken terrine and ham hock Scotch egg. For mains, choose form sea bream fillet, pork Schnitzel; Parpadelle with peas, broad beans, courgettes and white wine sauce and rare-breed ribeye steak.

Complete your meal with desserts including lemon posset; chocolate tarte; warm rice pudding and a selection of cheeses.

Booking is now open at

Bessie at Ice Café 

As of Friday 16th April, the team at ICE will be offering outdoor seating for delicious meals served from their airstream; Bessie.  Incredible woodfired sourdough pizzas, awesome burgers and street food including hot dogs, flatbreads and mac ‘n’ cheese along with a new kids menu, side orders and desserts can all be washed down with a vast array of soft and alcoholic drinks.

ICE will be offering takeaways as usual, which can be ordered for a specific collection time at

Tables for the outdoor seating area will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, and will be open from 5pm to 9pm Friday and Saturday evenings initially.

All Saints Hotel

The Terrace Restaurant at All Saints Hotel will be re-opening with an exciting new menu on Friday 16 April. Take in the spectacular views of the golf course on the terrace which will be serving food, beers and wine with table service. 

If the street food takeaway menu is anything to go by, you're in for a treat when you dine on The Terrace. Featuring loaded chips; Suffolk fish & chips; Mac N Cheese; a selection of filled wraps and brioche buns will with home-smoked BBQ pulled pork or Old Age beef brisket.

To view the menus and book a table visit

Ravenwood Hall Hotel

From Friday 16 April, Ravenwood Hall will be opening their Edible Emporium, with covered and heated seating with marquees and ’snugs’. We’ll be serving a range of dishes from the Smokehouse Shack, Wood-Fired Pizzas, and Speciality Al Fresco Sunday roasts.

For more information and to book a table visit

The Queen's Head Hawkedon

The Queen's Head Hawkedon will be welcoming customers back from Monday 12th April at 5pm. Serving drinks and food in their charming garden, the menu includes hearty pub grub classics such mustard & mushroom Stroganoff; dressed Cromer crab with salad and new potatoes; Rafi's chicken curry; a selection of homemade pizzas and a range of steak platters served with hand-cut chips, mixed salad, chargrilled flat mushroom & coleslaw.

For more information and to book a table visit

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