Find this boutique hotel/restaurant across the road from Abbey Gardens, The Angel has been an integral part of the town, and has been in continuous use as a hotel since 1452 – the oldest part dating back to the 12th century. The more modern Georgian façade, is now completely covered with Virginia creeper. Charles Dickens is said to have written part of Pickwick Papers, in Room 15.
They call their restaurant The Eaterie, and this offers a short modern menu with plenty of interest.
Typical starters on offer might include ‘Nettle Soup with Crispy Quails Egg’; Chicken Parfait with Bacon Jam & Brioche’ and ‘Gin Cured Sea Trout with Saffron Kohlrabi, Seaweed Salad Cream & Pickled Cucumber’.
Mains maybe ‘Denham Estate Venison Haunch with Game Chips, Girolles & Plums’; ‘Hereford Rib-Eye Steak with Triple-Cooked Chips, Roasted Bone Marrow, Baked Shallot & Watercress’ and ‘Baked Plaice Fillet with Norfolk Peer Potatoes, Confit Chicken Wing & Tarragon Sauce ’.
Finish with the likes of ‘Calamansi Line Pavlova with Coconut Sorbet & Ginger and Rum Ice Cream’ or a selection of Suffolk Cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-17.30; set L Mon-Sat £11.95 (1 course), £15.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); mains about £15 to £28; set L Sun £22.50 (2 courses), £25.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.00; set D Mon-Thurs 18.00-21.30 £11.95 (1 course), £15.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); mains about £15 to £28
- Seats: 85, plus about 50 outside
- Wine: a well-thought-out International wine list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Bury St. Edmunds Rail
- Directions: Town Centre, near Northgate Street traffic lights. See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available