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Unmissable Gastronomic Experiences

Suffolk's Foodie Town Bury St Edmunds is home to a range of gastronomic experiences - from wine and beer tasting to cooking and cocktail making lessons...

Bury St Edmunds is a prime destination for food and drink connoisseurs from the UK and beyond, fast gaining a reputation as a centre of culinary expertise.

A thriving conurbation since Saxon times, today it is well regarded for its fresh and abundant supply of locally reared and cultivated produce. Bury St Edmunds has a firm reputation as the county’s centre of foodie heaven, with a plethora of award winning restaurants, outstanding gastro pubs and even an annual food festival. It’s no wonder then that visitors flock to Bury St Edmunds to learn a thing or two about the food on offer and how to create culinary masterpieces of their own.

Pea Porridge - Suffolk's Only Michelin Starred Restaurant

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Bury St Edmunds is home to Suffolk's only Michelin starred restaurant, Pea Porridge. An independently owned restaurant, Pea Porridge is located on a square which was once called Pea Porridge Green.

The restaurant is tucked away in a quiet residential area on Cannon Street. The building was originally two cottages built in 1820 which later became a bakery. The restaurant now comprises three delightful unpretentious dinning rooms with old pine tables, an open fire and a splendid bakers oven.

As big food and drink lovers, very much hands on owners Justin Sharp (head chef-proprietor) and his wife Jurga (front-of-house), like to keep things lively, fresh and exciting. They are not at all into gadgetry and tricks in the kitchen and favour a very much “produce” driven approach. They love to cook what they themselves would like to eat, prioritising local, seasonal produce. Whatever is on the plate, their aim is for a combination of simplicity and flavour. “Nose-to-Tail” dishes are also regular staple on their menu, which changes almost every day.

ICE Cook School

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For those seeking a more hands on learning experience, head to ICE Cook School for a comprehensive array of cookery classes and courses guaranteed to take you to the next level when it comes to making gourmet feasts at home. Choose from half day, full day, evening or weekend courses in almost any type of cuisine you can think of. Channel your inner Heston Blumenthal and take a class in ‘Modern cookery techniques’ where you can experiment with creating strawberry spaghetti, instantaneous ice cream and futuristic liquid spheres. More traditional aspiring chefs can choose from courses in butchery for beginners, barbequing, breads of the world or Sous Vide.

Specialist diets are also catered for, with courses in vegetarian and vegan menus and gluten free cooking. There really is something for everyone and too much to list here, whether you want to focus on a certain national cuisine such as French or Spanish food or concentrate on a single aspect of the craft such as stocks and sauces, there is something for everyone. Young food lovers are not excluded either, with weekend courses for kids in doughnut making, pizza and fresh pasta.

Their popular ICE Lunch Bar is a chance to enjoy pure culinary theatre – you sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite tipple whilst their chefs prepare, cook and serve an 8-10 course taster menu to tickle your taste buds. Prepare for the unexpected as they tease your senses with different flavours and textures and present it all using cutting edge techniques. Their exclusive Lunch Bars seat 15 guests and are normally booked up months in advance.

ICE's popular Date Night foodie experience is equally as popular. Whether it’s a first date or some long-overdue quality time with your partner, let ICE Cook School give you a night to remember with their Date Night interactive dining experience. Working together as a pair you will cook, eat, laugh, and love in their relaxed kitchen. This is an evening you will not want to miss!

To view all the courses visit

The Northgate

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The Northgate has made a name for itself through its stylish bar and opulent restaurant hidden away inside a reinvigorated Victorian townhouse a stone’s throw from the Abbey.

Experience the best seat in the house! Soak up the atmosphere and buzz of a busy kitchen, and be at the centre of the action. Watch your meal being prepared, from cooking to plating. Chat with the chefs, enjoying their witty banter and culinary insights.

Seating up to 12 guests, The Chef's table is perfect for date nights, meals with friends and family, and for entertaining colleagues and clients.

To make the most of the Chef's Table experience they recommend the Chef's Choice menu. For more details visit

Greene King Brewery

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Perhaps you know a connoisseur of a different ilk, who is far more suited to sampling a libation than lunch! They too are catered for by Bury St Edmunds’ 1000 year long history of brewing traditional real ale.

Pay a visit to Greene King Brewery for a guided tour of the Westgate Brewery and find out about the natural ingredients and brewing methods they employ.

You can even pause to take in a panoramic view of the town from the roof of the brew house before making your way to the beer café to quaff a classic pint of Abbot Ale, or one of the more recent creations such as the punchy East Coast IPA.

Bury St Edmunds Ale Trail

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Historic Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer! Real ale and craft beer enthusiasts can explore 20 of the town’s licensed premises with the Bury Ale Trail, giving visitors the chance to try ales brewed in the town itself or from further afield.

The special ale trail map can be found at pubs and bars throughout the town centre, the tourist information centre at The Apex and can be downloaded from the Our Bury St Edmunds website.

Bury St Edibles

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The regions of Suffolk and Norfolk boast some of the best produce in the UK, and with Bury St Edmunds known as Suffolk's Foodie Town, you can not only enjoy a gastronomic feast when dining out, you can also enjoy fine dining from the comfort of your own holiday cottage with Bury St Edibles. Using the best locally sourced ingredients, they provide restaurant quality home catering to private individuals throughout the region.

With a range of menus on offer, including a vegan menu, there's something to suit all tastes. Dishes available include Mushroom and truffle scotched Pakenham egg, Antipasti platter of Suffolk salami’s, Hams and cheeses and Chilli and garlic squid salad with pickled vegetable for starter; Risotto of foraged and seasonal vegetables, vegetable crisps, farmers hand cheese, Day boat fish with a fine herb risotto and beurre blanc and Wild nettle tagliatelle, roast tomato sauce and Pangritatta for main and Beetroot chocolate brownie with raspberry sorbet, Coffee panna-cotta, hazelnut brandy snap and White chocolate mousse, dark chocolate “crunchie bar” raspberry sorbet for dessert.

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