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Food & Drink
 Supporting the Bury St Edmunds food and drink sector has never been more critical, and loyal customers of favourite establishments
have been doing just that during the most recent lockdown. There may not be an official discounted scheme this time but many of the town’s restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars have changed their ways of working to ensure their customers can ‘Eat In’ while helping out – and enjoy their favourite dishes from the comfort of their own home.
Foodies have known for some time that Bury St Edmunds is Suffolk’s food
and drink
capital and
that’s been
recently with a
number of awards to
establishments and
individuals. Tier systems and lockdowns may have made it difficult if not impossible to visit a restaurant or pub but it’s clear that standards in the service being offered have remained as high as ever.
Among those accolades was Suffolk’s only Michelin Star awarded to Justin Sharp of Pea Porridge while Karine
Left: Karine Canevet of Maison Bleue
Below: Justin Sharp of Pea Porridge at the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival in 2015 and Heather Warren of Oakes Barn
Canevet from Maison Bleue won a Michelin Sommelier Award. The Campaign for Real Ale gave two awards recently to Oakes Barn.
Mike Kirkham from Our Bury St Edmunds said: “The food and drink sector in Bury St Edmunds has embraced new ways of working, and the creativity that many in this industry have shown as they comply with the restrictions yet still offer a service to their customers, has been remarkable. It’s been possible to order almost any style of food or drink to enjoy at home – from afternoon tea, grazing boxes, tapas, traditional take- away meals that we’ve known and loved for years, heat at home fine dining and even wine, beer and cocktails can now be delivered to your door.”
Despite the very challenging times, which sadly have meant a small number of much loved establishments have decided to close permanently, new food and drink businesses are still keen to open in Bury St Edmunds. Among those
opening their doors in the last few weeks are Dough&Co Woodfired Pizza which has
moved into the former Patisserie Valerie premises and – under the same management – Burger
Amour near Cineworld.
With new cafes in the pipeline
for Risbygate Street and St Johns Street, plus other possibles at the time of writing, Mike Kirkham is encouraged by the strength of the
sector. He added: “Our Bury St Edmunds has introduced a number of initiatives to boost our local
businesses such as the Love Local campaign to encourage people to
support their town centre and our own gift card which can be used in more than 50 different businesses including eateries
for ‘at home’ service or others who have been operating online.
We also have the LoyalFree App which informs users of special deals
and offers available in the town. We are also very grateful to Bury St Edmunds Town Council which has sponsored some of these promotions as a clear demonstration of its support for the town’s business community.”
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Image: Maison Bleue

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