Tastes of Bury St Edmunds and The Wool Towns
Greene King Brewery
We believe that a trip away isn’t complete without a brewery tour, and Greene King in Bury St Edmunds offers the opportunity to not only see brewing methods with natural ingredients in all their glory but also try some of Greene King’s tasty products. Greene King, founded in 1799, is now the UK’s leading pub retailer and brewer with well known and loved beverages such as Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale, to name but a few. With Bury St Edmunds being Greene King’s hometown, this is truly a once in a lifetime chance to see what goes into the makings of a growing and popular brand. As well as seeing how real beer is brewed, you’ll get the best view of Bury St. Edmunds from the brewery’s rooftop, have the chance to try different cask ales in the Greene King Beer Café and if you’re peckish, indulge in the cafes seasonal and local food.
This part of Suffolk is littered with excellent restaurants. The Great House in Lavenham has is a muti-award winning restaurant located at the heart of the historic wool town of Lavenham. Sitting proudly at the top of the market hill it has been awarded 3 AA rosettes, was voted as one of the best restaurants in the East of England by The Sunday Times and has been recently awarded a 2018 AA Inspectors' Choice & Gold Award. Plus, it also received a long service award from The Good Food Guide in 2017 for spending 26 years in the guide. Serving authentic French cuisine mixed with English country charm, this is a culinary experience not to miss!
Another unmissable culinary delight is Scutchers in Long Melford. An award-winning restaurant situated in the picturesque village of Long Melford, it has been awarded several Good Food Guide Awards as well as the Michelin Bib Gourmand. They offer exquisite fine dining in a luxurious environment. Plus, if you've dined with them once but don't have time to do it again, they also the 'Scutchers Shop' where you can take home a number of prepared dishes, a full 3 course meal or even just some ready made sauces or gravy. Take the luxury of Scutchers home to your self-catering accommodation.
Food and Drink Festival
If you love food then you'll love the two day festival held on August Bank Holiday weekend in the market town of Bury St Edmunds. This free event includes an line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls as well a farmer’s market. There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained including a man-made beach area, fairground rides, street entertainment and a mini farm! A great opportunity to explore the streets of this historic town and discover all the local delicacies on offer.
Suffolk has many local vineyards and Bury & The Wool Towns is no different! The award-winning wines that are produced at Wyken Vineyards are set on a 1200 acre farm in a stunning rural location not far from Bury St Edmunds. The 7 acre vineyard produce different types of English wine including a white Bacchus and a sparling wine. You can walk through the vineyard and on the way you will walk through a delightful meadow and ancient woodland. The farmland that the vineyard is set in includes a flock of Shetland sheep and a small herd of Red Poll cattle. The wines can be bought at the Leaping Hare restaurant and shop which are based on the same site as the vineyards - the restaurant is well worth a visit serving delicious dishes with many locally sourced ingredients, and has been featured in The Good Food Guide for over 20 years as well as well as being a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide. As well as the shop which sells a variety of clothing and homeware, they also host a farmers market, Wyken Vineyards is truly more than just a vineyard and makes a wonderful day out for everyone to enjoy.