There’s an inviting vibe to The Northgate. Its transformation in 2016 from genteel, family-run guest house into a quality yet relaxed place to eat, drink and stay quickly turned it into Bury St Edmunds’ most sought-after meeting spot. With its atmospheric cocktail bar, lovely dining room, stylish ‘Chef’s Table’ (the only one in Bury), huge terrace and ten deeply comfortable bedrooms, guests might have little reason to venture into town. But location and provenance are central to the guest experience. The young, casually dressed staff are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area’s history and attractions, while the food – from highly experienced head chef Greig Young – exceeds guests’ already high expectations. His ‘Taste of East Anglia’ menu – where each course celebrates seasonal produce from a specific area in the region – is a big hit. Plus, the rates for the individually designed bedrooms and their luxurious en-suite bathrooms are extremely fair.
Doubles from £120
+44 (0)1284 339604; thenorthgate.com
The internationally acclaimed Abbey Gardens in the centre of historic Bury St Edmunds. Just a two-minute walk from The Northgate.
Take your taste buds on a culinary journey around East Anglia with the Taste Of East Anglia five or seven-course menu. Each course celebrates the fresh, seasonal produce from a specific area in the region. Book it at the Chef’s Table where head chef, Greig Young will talk you through your culinary tour and provenance of each dish.
The Boutique Retreat Experience. Escape from the city and enjoy a luxurious 5* stay at The Northgate and indulge in two blissful hours of relaxing treatments at one of Bury St Edmunds top spas.
CLAIM TO FAME
Reception manager Genevieve, whose family home was The Northgate for 35 years before its purchase by The Chestnut Group. She knows everything about its history and the surrounding area.
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