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 Capital, which is home to the county's only Michelin-starred restaurant.
The annual Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival held in August is a veritable feast of delicious dishes try and buy together with demonstrations by chefs.
Perfect for Beer Lovers
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.
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.
Local Foodie Delights
Bury St Edmunds’ markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Buttermarket and Cornhill area and the town's monthly farmers markets are a fantastic opportunity to sample the county’s marvellous local produce and food stalls.
There are also independent shops selling local produce including beer and spirits brewed in and around Bury St Edmunds and you can even have a go at making your own gin.
At ICE Cook School in nearby Rougham you can learn from top chefs. With its state of the art Cook School hosting cookery classes of groups up to six as well as to welcome and serve guests at their famous Lunch Bar and Seasons dining experiences.
Grab a Coffee and Watch the World Go By
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.
There are plenty of local independent cafes and High Street favourites in Bury St Edmunds to choose from including those with some stunning historical backdrops, each with their own specialities.
From vegan cafes to tea rooms which serve traditional afternoon teas and from hotel coffee lounges to authentic European coffee and quick bites there's lots to choose from.