The Angel Hotel is a stunning four-star ivy-clad Georgian building that is steeped in historical past, positioned in the historic city of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
The former coaching inn athletics a blue plaque, marking Charles Dickens’ visits to the previous coaching inn, celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth. His visits to the town and the hotel are immortalized in his novel, The Pickwick Papers, and extra just lately when the resort appeared in the Dickens motion picture in January 2020, 185 yrs following Charles Dickens first stayed there.
“And this,” mentioned Mr. Pickwick, looking up, “is the Angel! We alight in this article, Sam.”
What a stunning piece of literary history to commemorate a lodge that is still thriving right now!
The Angel Lodge is a person of the most prestigious in the area, positioned on Angel Hill and overlooking the Abbey Gardens with a check out of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. It has not long ago been through an refurbishment in which you will obtain urban chic eclectic décor and vintage furnishings. In the Angel Lounge there’s lots of relaxed sofas to unwind on, it is the excellent space for paying time with pals and family taking pleasure in afternoon tea or getting business conferences.
The Angel Bar has an air of grandeur with its large picket bar and oak herringbone flooring. The bar has seven distinct cask ales and beers and a cocktail listing encouraged by the fables and tales encompassing the hotel and Bury St Edmunds. Bury is dwelling to Greene King Brewery and their IPA beers are truly worth a try. The dining home is roomy and well laid out with lovely home furnishings and references to Charles Dickens.
Immediately after a quick and uncomplicated examine-in, the porter carried our bags to our deluxe suite that was located on the 3rd (prime) flooring of the lodge, supplying us a amazing perspective overlooking Bury’s Georgian Square and the cathedral.
The bed room was tranquil, mild, roomy and wonderfully decorated with a comfy king-sized mattress. There was a function desk, ample wardrobe room, tea and espresso earning facilities and an aged fashioned gold dial tone phone by the mattress.
The ensuite experienced a large walk-in shower, Anyah eco-toiletries and fluffy bath robes, however, the lovely shiny copper tub took centre stage, set off by the black and white tiled floor.
The Angel ‘Eaterie’ restaurant is lively and stylishly built with quite a few tables presenting good views overlooking The Abbey.
The Angel has normally experienced an remarkable reputation for superb foodstuff, and this stays today. The head chef Arron Jackson prides his menu on making use of nearby develop which improvements regularly. Mixed with outstanding assistance, the helpful team pulls out all the stops to make sure everybody has a fantastic time though savoring delicious foods.
We tried the garlic prawns and crispy whitebait (equally £5) with our pre-meal drinks and were being spoilt for preference on the starter’s menu. The reduce priced solutions were being parsnip soup and selfmade bread (£7), and chicken and ham hock terrine with pickled veggies (£8). Additional highly-priced starters provided pan fried scallops, cauliflower, black pudding and apple (£15), and monkfish cheeks, braised puy lentils, salsa verde and crispy Parma ham (£12).
For my most important course, I selected Suffolk’s well-known Blythburgh pork fillet accompanied by a potato rosti, fennel puree, cabbage, bacon and cider sauce, which was tasty (£19). A nod to Dickens was ‘Pickwick Pie’ wild venison, garlic and rosemary with new potatoes and root greens (£17). Slow roasted chicken with fondant potatoes and chargrilled leek (£16) aged 10oz sirloin steak, shallot with triple cooked chips (£28) monkfish fillet, pickled mushrooms, newborn spinach and parsnip puree with clam butter sauce (£22) and beer battered haddock and chips (£15) were being also amazing offerings on the diversified menu.
The pudding choices consisted of a combination of conventional solutions with 1 ‘wildcard’ of cheese on toast, consisting of Malt loaf, Compté, honey and fig (£9). The pudding was unconventional, a fully distinctive mix of flavours which worked fantastically properly. For a lot more common puddings, there was chocolate orange torte (£8), steamed ginger sponge (£7), and baked white chocolate ice product with salted caramel popcorn, (£5.50).
For all those who enjoy cheese, an in depth cheese collection is provided together with Tunworth, Pitchfork Cheddar, Driftwood, Dorset Blue Vinny and Baronet. All five cheeses are priced at £19 or three cheeses for £13 served with lavosh crackers, membrillo quince, chutney and Eccles cake. As you would anticipate from a 4-star hotel, there was an considerable cocktail, wine, port and pudding wine checklist.
Guide a table between 5pm and 6pm Monday to Friday and choose gain of their early bird menu for just £29pp.
To round off your high-class continue to be, get pleasure from a tremendous English Breakfast, served with a smile.
Items to do
Bury St Edmunds provides a combination of cultural heritage with the Abbey Gardens and ruins, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and cobbled streets. Wandering around this portion of the Georgian city blended with loads of impartial outlets, just five seconds’ walk from the hotel, is fantastic. Pay a visit to The Nutshell Pub, Britain’s smallest pub, measuring 15ft by 7ft, which has been serving given that 1867!
Head to Wright’s Café for the poshest cheese on toast in town, and examine out Greene King Brewery with a loaded heritage of in excess of 200 yrs brewing in Bury St Edmunds provides excursions and tastings.
In a nutshell
The Angel Hotel doesn’t disappoint in terms of an astounding team pulling out all the stops to assure a memorable remain, whether or not it’s for a single evening or lengthier.
Rooms can be booked from £99 per man or woman for supper, bed and breakfast. Parking is accessible at the back of The Angel Resort and a porter support is supplied to all visitors.
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