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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...

Food Experiences You Must Try!

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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, Bury St Edmunds today 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.

Here are just some of the foodie experiences you must try on your next visit.

Dine at 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.

Experience Award-winning French Fine Dining

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Maison Bleue is a very special French-modern fine dining restaurant, winning critical acclaim nationally. Experience Brittany born chef-patron Pascal Canevet’s unmistakable style, creativity, and balance of flavor with his innovative seasonal Menus.

Maison Bleue has a proven track record of consistently achieving the highest accolades including The Craft Guild of Chefs: Restaurant Chef Award, Trip Advisors Best of the Best Award, Worldwide Luxury Restaurant Awards, Suffolk Restaurant of the Year Award, and gaining Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence, Travellers Choice and five-star rating year on year.

Now offering Léa - home cooked meals to take away - delicious ‘food to go’ from renowned Top Chef. A ‘pick and mix of delicious dishes’ which are already prepared for you, all you need to do is either put the dishes that need heating through in the microwave or the oven for 20 minutes.

ICE Lunch Bar For Pure Culinary Theatre

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For those seeking a more hands on learning experience, head to ICE Cook School's 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!

ICE also offer 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.

To view all the experiences and courses visit the ICE website.

1921 Angel Hill

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With Zack Deakins as chef patron, 1921 Angel Hill follows an unconventional approach with relaxed service and the food reigning supreme.

Guests can enjoy a selection of canapés served alongside an aperitif in the lounge, whilst viewing a menu championing local produce, before moving into the dining room, accented with local artwork and re-homed books.

Expertly crafted starters include tender Ardleigh asparagus accented by truffle croquettes, deftly served alongside radish and roasted hazelnuts.

Main courses are further reflective of the surrounding farmland, currently including a succulent saddle of lamb sourced from the Denham Estate, accompanied by wild garlic and girolles.

Finish the evening in proper English fashion, with a delicately aromatic strawberry consommé and lavender panna cotta, to be followed, of course, by Bury’s own Butterworth’s coffee and a selection of hand-crafted petit fours.

Tour 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.

Tour a British Vineyard

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Many of us have visited vineyards outside of the UK but how about one just down the road from Bury St Edmunds?

Giffords Hall is a family owned Vineyard near Long Melford where they grow Bacchus, Madeleine Angevine, Reichensteiner, Rondo and Pinot Noir varieties. Their sandy/clay soil produces quality grapes, high in natural sugars and acids, that lend themselves particularly well to both sparkling and dry aromatic still wines.

East Anglia is fast becoming a recognisable wine growing region. UK vineyards in southern Britain import nearly half their grapes from East Anglia, particularly the Bacchus and Pinot Noir varieties which require drier weather to fruit and ripen. East Anglia has consistently won more gold medals for Bacchus than any other region.

Giffords Hall Vineyard is a beautiful place to visit in the heart of the Upper Stour valley. Hartest is one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages, with a hump backed bridge, thatched and painted houses and a large green.

They offer entertaining tours of the vineyard with a talk on the grape varieties they grow and the wines they produce, followed by a tasting and presentation of three wines and three liqueurs. The cafe is open for cakes, coffee and ice creams and the shop is full of lovely things to buy!

Find out more about the tours on Gifford's Hall Vineyard website.

Private Chef Experience

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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.

Make Your Own Bury St Edmunds Gin to Take Away

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This may be the perfect souvenir of your visit to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk's Foodie Town!

You can make your own gin to take away at St Distillery on their Ginspiration experience. Learn the history of gin, what is it, where it came from & how it became the Great British institution it is today. What would gin be without its bedfellow tonic?…. But where did this friendship begin & what impact does it have on the way we drink gin.

Create your perfect G&T by choosing the perfect gin, tonic & garnish combination. Immerse yourself in the botanicals and processes that goes into gin and taste all the different styles available today.

Once you have learnt all there is to know about making the junipery elixir you will be able to mix up & craft all your own flavours together with our array of distillates. We will then assist you in creating a bottle to take home and also store your unique recipe in our database for any future repeat purchases.

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