The Northgate

4.6
583 reviews
£25 and under
British
The Northgate is a place to eat, drink, sleep and relax. The historic house, located just a few moments’ walk from Bury’s iconic ancient Abbey, has undergone extensive renovation resulting in the creation of a restaurant and a Chef’s table, a bar and lounge area, 9 bedrooms and a large south facing terrace.

The Northgate’s Private Dining Room can be used for dinner parties, business meetings or cocktail parties. The restaurant, bar and terrace provides residents and guests with an all-day dining experience - leaving the Chef’s Table in the heart of the kitchen for that unique experience on special occasions.

We look forward to sharing The Northgate experience with you.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 583 People Are Saying
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KathrynR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Yet again another incredible meal! Menu different and interesting, combination of flavours sublime and very fairly priced. Topped off by excellent service, perfect in every way, thank you we will be back!

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PaulK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday lunch with friends .On arrival we were greeted and taken to the bar to await our friends. We had mocktails which were very good, our friends arrived and orderd more drinks while we took our time studying the menu. We placed our orders and then shown to our tabal in the delightful dining room. Lunch arrived swiftly. Two roast beef and two of dingly del pork we all agreed it was very nicely presented and taste amazing. Lunch includes main roast, roast potatoes, carrots and cheesey leek and gravy. If you want more veggies you have to orderd them. Then we had our deserts . I had the custard tart with ice cream, my husband had the almond mousse with ice cream and our friends the cheese board. All in with drinks and meal it cost 83.00 per couple. We enjoyed it and will go again.

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Emma
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special dinner at chef's table with chef's taster menu, so scrumptious and most enjoyable evening. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really good BUT:
Service seemed a bit rushed, no serving spoons for our 3 side dishes.
Some used dishes removed from table whilst we were still eating.
Food -
egg on cold potato didn’t seem right, potato should have been at least warmed.
No bread with the soup, worth waiter prompting us to order bread when soup ordered.
Cheese and biscuits - lack of sufficient biscuits to eat all the cheese.
Very hard to get attention of waiter.

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Heather
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant, comfortable seating and a good atmosphere. Food excellent with generous portions.

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DavidC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Service both professional and friendly. Surroundings welcoming and clean. Only slight negative was limited choice of staters.

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LeeM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding service, food was excellent and the rooms lovely!

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HarveyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday 9th October - table at 8.00pm
Four of us visited the Northgate as somewhere special to celebrate joint birthdays. We were not disappointed at all. My wife and I have visited many of the Chestnut Group Properties - each property have their own individuality which we enjoy - but the Northgate was something entirely different - lovely old town house beautifully transformed to cater for discerning diners.
Pleasant helpful staff with a fairly relaxed attitude and a menu much different from what we’d experienced elsewhere which we certainly enjoyed - indeed all three courses. Menu could be described as ‘exciting’ and unexpected.
Wine from southern Italy as an accompaniment was delicious.
Highly recommended- but we’ve one or two more properties to visit before we name our favourite - but this is top of the list so far.

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Clarkey21
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely stay at the Northgate. The rooms are very stylish and comfortable. The staff are excellent, very welcoming and knowledgeable about the food and cocktails. I thoroughly recommend the Chefs Table - go with a empty stomach as the dishes are delicious and keep coming from the amazing chefs.

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Nixon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect Sunday evening meal with the family. Quiet and tasty.

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MartinM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been several times in the past and we went on a Saturday night this time, there was a wedding party there at the time. It didn’t spoil it for us but I could imagine it wouldn’t suit everyone as there were people everywhere and even getting out after we had finished or meal, and were leaving was difficult. There were people in the cocktail bar with plates of food from the buffet, like I say it didn’t spoil it for us but I am sure it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste. We sat at the chefs table for four and had a lovely meal and have booked to go back again soon. Highly recommended.

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Richard
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Underwhelming. Bland, unimaginative dishes that lacked that extra something that the hype and prices suggested. The texture and insipid taste of the desserts resembled baby food. The decaf coffees completed the taste free experience. The wine and service were good. We were charged a reduce price to compensate for our disappointment. We will not be visiting again.

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GillS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Never disappointed by The Northgate.

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LeeM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Andrew
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food not exceptional it was simply ok. The beef was very thinly cut and appeared to have been sliced on a machine. Food not hot. Wouldn’t hurry back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, Service was excellent. Didn’t feel rushed by the servers. We were given plenty of time to make our choices and the order arrived well presented and in good time.

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AnneB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious lunch eaten outside, in pleasant surroundings. Very good service.

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Douglas
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just drinks for two biz meetings. As usual, Northgate team couldn't be nicer. A super place altogether, staffed by special people!

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AndrewC
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday roast.

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Debses
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The garden area is tranquil and relaxing the staff very attentive and the food delicious. A perfect place for us to celebrate our anniversary.

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Nicknameless
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chefs table was an excellent experience, although when paying extra for that, withthe service charge being added on it becomesrather expensive.

The Northgate
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for your review Nicknameless. I am sorry that you were not notified that we do not actually charge anything extra for the Chef Table experience and that Service Charge is added on all bills as a matter of course and can be removed at your discretion. We hope to welcome you again soon. Best,

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food excellent service good but boy oh boy you simply can’t expose guests to rabble guests shouting expletives and upsetting all around them without taking action. Absolutely horrendous and such a shame. Lovely setting and chill out zones which allowed us to leave our table earlier than we would have. One couple who had asked to move were then approached by the rude aggressive table in question, again this was allowed to happen and is frankly unforgivable. All the special bits about this place undone. Front of house staff have to be braver and they must be supported by senior staff. Unruly guests happen I get it but decisive and clear house rules must be enforced in this type of dining setting.
We will return but the Americans have a saying “3 strikes !!!”

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SherylW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall our meal was good. Unfortunately the girl who served us didn't think to check if the white wine was cold and we had to ask for ice in the bucket.

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Goldies
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very comfortable hotel with exceptional staff and food to die for! The rooms are very comfortable, thoughtfully appointed. A little gem in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The whole thing was great. Made better by having coffee in the sun drenched garden at the end of our meal. The staff were great and well trained and we felt the cost was set just right. The only issue is I felt my main of lamb etc lacked a bit of texture otherwise fab

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BenH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable lunch, gorgeous food pretty good service and will definitely be back

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Dineressa
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place to go to. The food is good, but can’t decide whether it’s rustic or sophisticated. Trying less hard to impress foodwise might actually give them distinction. Very friendly and professional service.

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vipJAWE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly.

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SharonD
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely food and good staff.
Sadly there was a large party of very noisy diners. The were very rude and stood chatting loudly in the middle of the restaurant. They entirely disregarded the other diners, shouting loudly at each other.
The staff did offer to move us but we were well through our meal by then.
We retreated to the bar for our coffee.

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Jenna
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous evening. The service was just right, attentive without overdoing it and the food was completely marvellous.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

50th Birthday lunch for my bff.
Wonderful setting, staff lovely and food amazing!
Will certainly be coming back.

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MelanieM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the most fabulous food, everything was excellent and the service was fantastic.

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alisonG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Sunday lunches I've ever had. Excellent food, exceptional service. Also great gluten free food, not an afterthought but catered for me with real care.
Already planning our return.

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ST28082021
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing. Felt welcomed and we enjoyed our evening. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food.

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JuliaN
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, lovely service. We planned to sit outside, but weather not good, but, they happily accommodated us inside.

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IngridW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and environment together with excellent food make this an excellent place to visit

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Martini
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is fabulous, the Tipi is to die for, and the food is so well presented sometimes you think it a shame to eat it

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LewisR
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting, service was fantastic and the food was excellent! Loved it we will be back

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MaureenC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One complaint..... cushions needed for outside seats .....pleaseeee !

FAQs

The Northgate is rated 4.6 stars by 583 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.