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The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
A 'restaurant with rooms' in an elegant Victorian townhouse on the edge of the town centre, the Northgate is aiming to be Bury St Edmunds' coolest place to stay and eat - and doesn't do a bad job in what is an increasingly foodie destination. It's part of the East Anglia hotel and restaurant group Chestnut Inns, which has turned a fairly traditional B&B into one of the region's most self-consciously fashionable hotels, deliberately bringing a touch of hipsterish glamour to Bury, both in the cool restaurant and cocktail bar, and in its nine boutique rooms upstairs.
Bury is an interesting place to stay, with lots to see and some excellent restaurants, and is also well placed for seeing the best of inland Suffolk. Wandering aimlessly around the town's elegant Georgian centre isn't a bad way to pass the time.
The hotel is a short walk from Bury's town centre, with easy access to the Suffolk countryside and surrounding villages by car.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours from London and Birmingham, 2 hours 30 mins from Brighton and 40 mins from Cambridge. There is free parking for guests.
By train: London Kings Cross to Bury St Edmunds (via Cambridge) takes 1 hour 45 mins. The station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Foodie dudes and London hipsters won't feel out of their comfort zone here. It's obviously important to the hotel to be on-trend but they're serious about modern hospitality too, with a truly excellent restaurant and rooms that are not only comfortable and stylish but also excellent value for money.
Service & Facilities
They offer all sorts of 'experiences' varying from gourmet evenings with an invited guest chef to gin-tastings and the intriguing cocktail-making and calligraphy.
- Family rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
The Duncombe room, with its Victorian fireplace and freestanding bath on a separate level, is our favourite room We love that all the rooms have powerful showers and fast Wi-Fi - two staples of the modern hotel experience.
Hervey, Davers, Fitzroy, Duncombe, Bunbury, Felton, Conway, Harriet, The Templetown suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bath with overhead shower, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
You can see the kitchen in action if you book a place at their very popular 'Chef's Table'. Try the 'Taste of East Anglia' selection of seasonal small dishes.
The Northgate: modern European cuisine, seasonal dishes, regional produce, bar snacks, cocktails. Mains from £15. Food served Weds-Sun, 12-3pm and 5.30-8.30pm.