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Summer 2023


Why Foodies love Bury St Edmunds?

It’s been listed as one of Britain’s top 20 foodie hot spots by The Telegraph, Bury is Suffolk’s Foodie Town.  With its award-winning food & drink, tasty food markets and the annual food & drink festival it’s also a gourmet’s dream.


Bury is home to over 80 eateries with a great mix of independents and chains and offers everything from fine dining (Bury has the only Michelin starred restaurant in Suffolk) to great pub food to pretty cafes to while away an afternoon.


And it’s not just food.  Bury is the home of Greene King which has been brewing award-winning beers in the town for over 200 years using Bury’s chalk wells which date back to 1086, when monks would brew ale on the site of the Great Abbey of St Edmund.


“They have been partying in Bury St Edmunds since Saxon times, and the enjoyment of food & drink is integral to the life of this prosperous market town.”  - The Telegraph


The Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival is a free admission two-day event taking place on the 27th & 28th August from 10am-5pm.  Discover over 100 food & drink stalls, a farmers market, fairground rides, street entertainment & live cooking demos from local eateries and chefs.


For those that like a drop of good wine you can visit Wyken Vineyards - which is only a 10 min drive from Willow Barn.

This much loved destination offers something for everyone including a restaurant, shop, pizza café, a magnificent Royal Horticultural Society garden and the weekly Farmer’s Market (Sat am).

They were the first vineyard restaurant in the UK and produce award-winning wines served in The Leaping Hare. 

The vineyard tours run monthly, on the last Thursday and Sunday from May to September starting at 11am, lasting approx 2 hours.  Tours are £25pp.



Always wanted the chance to develop your own gin recipe? Here’s your chance…Adnam’s Bury St Edmunds shop not only has a great tasting bar but you can learn how to make your own gin there using their mini copper pot stills.  Learn about gin from one of their Gin Makers and choose your own special blend of botanicals provided to create your own bottle!

Suffolk produces some of the best produce in the UK and is well known for it’s pork with tin pig houses cropping up at a regular sight across the county. The farms in Suffolk have a diverse range of conventional crops including wheat, barley, sugar beet, cabbages, cauliflower and onions.


We have plenty of local farms where you can pick your own strawberries and raspberries.  Or why not go to Rougham Estate which opens mid July through into August where you can pick your own sunflowers!  Could there be anything better than strolling through vibrant blooms of sunflowers, picking to your heart’s content?  Or sitting by a sea of yellow enjoying a summer’s picnic? 


Fen Farm Diary is the home of the award-winning Baron Bigod cheese.  It was named the best British cheese for 2022/23 in the Fine Food Digest awards.  Baron Bigod is the finest traditional Brie-de-Meaux style cheese produced in the UK and one of only a handful of its type in the world to be made by the farmer on the farm.  It is made by hand in small batches, very early in the morning so they use the fresh milk straight from the cow.  Buy this in our local farm shops & delis - or visit The Cheese Hole in Bury.


Woosters Bakery in Bardwell is a family-run bakery specialising in traditional and artisan bread, pastries and cakes – the almond croissants and morning buns are a favorite.  Such a pretty bakery with the windmill that was built in 1823.  You can also visit their shop in Bury St Edmunds.

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