Eating and Drinking

Indulge your appetite with award-winning fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub and from cocktail to gin bars, there are a huge number of places to eat and drink each with their own unique atmosphere.

Whether it’s a family get together or a romantic meal, finding the perfect place to eat in Bury St Edmunds is easy as there are so many choices to tempt your taste buds.

You can easily while away an afternoon or evening with friends in Suffolk's foodie town, which is home to the county's only Michelin-starred restaurant.

Bury St Edmunds also has a real café culture with an excellent choice of cafés and tearooms, perfect for a spot of people watching whilst enjoying a slice of cake.

The annual Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival held in August is a veritable feast of delicious dishes to try and buy together with demonstrations by top celebrity chefs.

Bury St Edmunds’ markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Buttermarket and Cornhill area is a fantastic opportunity to sample the county’s marvellous local produce and food stalls.

If you enjoy a tipple then look out for our local beverages to try. For beer lovers, Greene King has been brewing beer in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years and their beverages can be found in pubs and bars across the town. With an unrivalled brewing history dating back 1,000 years, Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer with the Bury Ale Trail.

The Old Cannon Brewery’s unique, state-of- the-art, stainless steel brewing vessels are a stunning feature of their bar where they have been brewing since 1999. The beers from The Brewshed in nearby Ingham are available in a number of pubs in the town, the Stillery Bar also produces its own Bury St Edmunds gin.

No visit to Bury St Edmunds is complete without a visit to The Nutshell pub. With a bar that measures just 15ft by 7ft, The Nutshell proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain as confirmed in the Guinness Book of Records and first started serving beer in 1867.

Now a major tourist attraction for local and worldwide visitors, The Nutshell continues the tradition of serving some of the region's finest ales, and providing a bar not just full of customers, but interesting historical items, photos and memorabilia.

The handy Our Bury St Edmunds map of Bury St Edmunds town centre features restaurants, bars, shops, and services. There are even more fantastic places to eat and drink beyond Bury St Edmunds.

Why not make a weekend of it? A wide range of places to stay is available for all tastes and budgets, from historic coaching inns and country estates to idyllic cottages and woodland lodges

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