This UK market town is a haven for baked goods and has garnered a reputation as being the place to go.
Bury St Edmunds has seen its Friendly Loaf Bakery has recently named Artisan Bakery of the Year by The Food Awards England 2023.
But there’s so many more reasons to visit this unassuming little town that has got a strong following with fans, being dubbed East Anglia’s answer to the Costwolds.
Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, sometimes shortened to Bury is an historic market and cathedral town with a population of around 40,000.
Its tourism site explains why those after a taste of culture – and food – are heading to the town in their droves.
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It says: “Bury St Edmunds is known as Suffolk’s Foodie Capital with everything from award-winning fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub each with their own unique atmosphere.
“For beer lovers, Greene King has been brewing beer in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years.
“Shopping in Bury St Edmunds offers plenty of choice with a great mix of fantastic independents and High Street favourites.”
According to Tripadvisor top places to visit in the town include Abbey Gardens, the Theatre Royal and – for those who love a tipple – the Greene King Brewery.
The pub chain has branches across the UK with many punters making the pilgrimage to its brewery HQ, which is number one the list of top Bury tourist attractions.
One visitor said: “We booked the tour as the forecast was for rain and thought it would be something to do.
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“We’re so glad we did and honestly cannot recommend highly enough for anyone visiting Bury.”
They added: “The tasting at the end was excellent with generous servings of a good range of the beers on offer.
“To top it off, fabulous views from the top and a free bottle to take home. Brilliant.”
Another happy customer said it was “brilliant and boozy” adding it was an “amazing experience”.
What’s it like to live in Bury?
According to Rightmove, properties in Bury St. Edmunds had an overall average price of £345,186 over the last year. This compared to the average UK house price of £288,000.
In March, lifestyle website and blogger Muddy Stilettos chose the town as the best place to live in Suffolk.
Owner Hero Brown said: “For starters it’s a perfectly sized town in an excellent location (easy access to the A14 for both Cambridge and Ipswich).
“You don’t need to leave though because there’s everything you need on your doorstep, including independent shops and mainstream chains, theatres, and a fab foodie scene.
“It’s also rather pleasing on the eye with its gorgeous candy-coloured houses, historical ruins, medieval quarter and cathedral, plus the town is surrounded by glorious countryside peppered with charming villages.”
She added: “There’s a reason Bury St Edmunds is called ‘The Jewel in the Crown of Suffolk’.”
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