The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds
One night at the Northgate Hotel was the perfect respite to recharge my batteries. Less than one hours drive from Norwich and it felt like a proper luxurious escape!
Whenever we think of having a weekend or night away, it’s tempting to think that we have to travel to find it. But what if time is of the essence or you would rather spend your time having fun than sitting on the motorway?
Last weekend we popped across the border into Suffolk to spend a lovely day and night in the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds. Our chosen hotel was The Northgate, a five minute walk up the hill from the market place, set nicely back from the road with lots of secure parking. As soon as you step inside the door you can feel the quality of the hotel and just know your stay is in safe hands.
From the spacious and airy restaurants to the cosy bar and the exquisitely decorated, calming bedrooms, this hotel ticks all the Muddy boxes. Our bedroom was beautifully styled and for me sometimes it’s the small details – such as a plate of home made shortbread that makes me squeal with delight.
We decided to sample their six course East Anglia tasting menu, each course was beautifully presented and truly showed off the chef’s culinary repertoire. You might think six courses would be enough but I opted for the additional macaroons – well it would be rude not to!
It’s easy to imagine the Georgian dining room as it would have been, they’ve kept many of the original features but thrown in some modern twists to create a sophisticated but relaxed vibe.
If you’re looking for somewhere to dine as a large party, you can book the Chef’s Table where up to 12 guests will have the chance to witness first-hand the busy kitchen team in action.
The outside area is perfect for summer drinks, a large enclosed garden which this year was lucky enough to be home to the Brian Alabaster Exhibition.
The bar is a perfect place to start and end the evening. Head bar man Tom is ready to wow you with his cocktail mastery and I made a note to self that I must return with my girlfriends. Plus SK Clinic + Spa are just down the road and offer some great hotel discounted packages – all the ingredients for a fab girly weekend away.
Very happy with our choice of hotel we headed into the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds where we walked through the Abbey Gardens and around the Cathedral – just enough relaxing culture and nothing too heavy here. Walking up through the remarkably well stocked shopping area (lots of little independent boutiques and galleries) and stumbled upon the superb Abbeygate Cinema.
This looked like it might be a well kept secret until we got inside and found the No4 Restaurant and Bar full to bursting. A lucky little find on a rainy Sunday afternoon – Indie film and a glass of red, perfect!
No trip to Bury would be complete without a quick one in The Nutshell, England’s smallest pub (yes, really). It really is TINY and is worth a trip just to see it. All in all, a great stay in a beautiful hotel, great food and wine and lots of lovely things to do, see and buy. What more could a girl ask for?
The Northgate is part of the Chestnut Hotel Group and has lots of lovely hotels and Inns in Cambridge and Suffolk. All within a two hour drive of home, I can’t wait to visit them all – www.thenorthgate.com