Find this 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.
There are two restaurant/brasseries, and these open at various times, but apart from at Sunday lunch, one or sometimes both, are open. One, the 'Vaulted Brasserie', is subterranean, but with an atmosphere that really brings you back in time.
Typical starters on offer might include ' Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto'; Warm Scallop and Bacon Salad with Caesar Dressing' and 'Terrine of Local Ham Hock with Piccalilli and Crostini'.
Mains maybe ' Breast of Gressingham Duck with a Peppered Cassis Sauce'; 'Rump Steak with Horseradish Butter, Chunky Chips and a Red Wine Jus' and Lowestoft Cod Fillet in Ale Batter with Chips and Tartare Sauce'.
Finish with the likes of 'Maple and Pecan Crème Brulée' or a selection of British Cheese.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-17.30; set L £9.95 (1 course), £13.95 (2 courses), £17.95 (3 courses); mains from about £14 to £17; set L Sun £17.95 (2 courses), £21.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.00; set D from £24.85 to £40; mains about £14 to £28
- Seats: 85 & 50
- 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
- Directions: Town Centre, near Northgate Street traffic lights
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available