The Northgate

4.6
380 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.

Support The Northgate during COVID-19

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 380 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food was fantastic
Need more heaters for outside dining

JR
JamesR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outside “teepee” and very knowledgeable staff. Food also very enjoyable

HW
HayleyW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves lovely setting amazing
Cocktails
Food was really tasty and
Good portion sizes

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IanF
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place is okay at best.

The menu is very restricted and I think they are trying too hard to give a mastercheffy offering.

The price point of the menu is on a par with some other quite nice local restaurants but sadly they failed to deliver on quality, flavour and variety so we left somewhat disappointed.

We've been going here on and off since they opened but I don't think we'll be going back in a hurry.

SB
StephenB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food we had was excellent. However once we had finished our main meal the staff seemed to forget we were there and we never saw anyone else until a considerable time later. At this point we did not have enough time to have a dessert or any other drinks so had to get the bill and left.

We have always enjoyed our meals at the Northgate though this time we left feeling disappointed with the service we received.

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AliceW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic meal out - fabulous festive menu that was really excellent value for money and lovely friendly service too!

SM
SamuelM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here in December 2020 and the staff operated in a very safe COVID manner. The food really was exceptional with attention clearly paid to both quality of food and presentation, both were 10/10.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always! best restaurant in the area!

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Caroline
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and all round brilliant experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed and I shall return soon 😁👌

EG
EmmaG
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely cocktails and really great evening.

BR
BethR
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was incredible and service was great. Had to wait a fair while to pay once we had the receipt but great otherwise.
The restaurant is obviously less busy than usual, but it was very quiet.
Can’t wait to go back again!

MB
MarcusB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife had the fish and it was very good. I had the Venison and it was fantastic. The potato Rosti was beautifully cooked. We could manage a dessert after the starters the toasted lavender nuts are great! Definitely be back

CH
ChloeHP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal was perfect, delicious food, great service and covid secure.

JL
JulieL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant. Fantastic as always. Greg is an outstanding manager too and the food is consistently delicious. Will return soon.

MF
MichaelF
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say yet again superb service and excellent food and The Northgate never disappoints

KM
KellyM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cracking roast beef lunch!
Crispy potatoes and amazing Yorkshire pudding. Could do with some greens on the plate in my opinion tho :)

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katea
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal. Great wine. Helpful friendly staff. Cosy and interesting decor.

JG
JojoG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food - great cocktails - never disappoints!

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Crunchie
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The chefs kitchen is the best place to be Outstanding performance by the 2 chefs cooking that eve.
Will return and recommend

AN
AndreaN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, excellent service, always happy to go to the Northgate

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vipMeliveda
Essex
16 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, beautiful restaurant and great service

GR
GeneveR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good evening loved the food and the cocktails definitely will return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal at the Northgate, the food was exceptional along with the service. Would definitely recommend the Northgate is well worth a visit & we will definitely be back.

AE
AndiE
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time of visiting did not disappoint. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a restaurant where the same levels of service, quality and professionalism are the same at every visit, but I am pleased to say that The Northgate has managed to achieve and maintain high standards of all three. The food is exceptional, the customer service would be hard to beat and the ambiance and decor is superb. We will be back!

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Frank
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great evening and food. Nice wine list. Give it a go.

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Donna
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid safe. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Cocktails amazing. We’ll definitely be back as food was excellent

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katherine
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal at the North Gate. The service was phenomenal and decorations were perfect. It was the best meal I’ve had since moving to Bury St. Edmunds!

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Banksy241
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent without question probably one of the best meals out for a long time - cocktails also very good, highly recommend it and also very well managed in terms of COVID restrictions and distance easily achieved as very clean safe environment created by members of staff on arrival, all round first class would not hesitate to go again

JC
JenC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The portions are small but everything was absolutely delicious

GC
GrahamC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bury St Edmunds is lucky with a great choice of fine dining opportunities. we have certainly added The Northgate to our preferred list for such special nights out. The opportunity to sit in "Chefs Table" was seized upon and it was fun to watch professionals doing their thing in the kitchen. As for the actual meal the food was great, the wine good value and scrummy, the service brilliant and overall an experience already shared with anybody who will listen to me.

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LindaT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a table to celebrate my husbands birthday and my daughters A level results. We decided on The Northgate based on the website online menu and cocktails list. I was a bit concerned on arrival that the menus given had lots of game and fish and my husband isn’t keen, and the cocktail list had been seriously trimmed back. I need not have worried though as the food and drinks were all fabulous. The service was faultless and the staff lovely. We will return without question. Many thanks to them for a perfect evening that was very much needed.

KM
KimM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at The Northgate . They really know their stuff here! They keep the menu simple - perfect combination of flavours using quality locally sourced ingredients prepared by a talented innovative team . Service is friendly and discreet , and in current Covid climate , scrupulous adherence to control measures but without spoiling the experience . Always a treat to come here .

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KerryY
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was not great and service was lacking. Deserts was pedestrian and my starer flavourless. Creme caramel was awfully salty and coconut sorbet flavourless. Venison main was really good. I know Covid has changed things but why be stingy and stop the bread? And wine only by the glass? Cocktails after dinner were lovely which is the appeal for me coming here. I had a nice evening with my husband but we always agree that it’s never truly an exceptional dinner nor exceptional service and Maison Bleue is much better quality at a similar price point.

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LBell
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, small seasonal choice. Some produce fresh from the kitchen garden. Definitely worth a visit whether you are staying at the hotel or just looking for somewhere special to eat.

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PippyT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Going to a restaurant during Covid times can be a nerve racking experience, but the tables were well spaced & the staff at The Northgate were brilliant. The food was excellent too.
Shame the same cannot be said for some of the other patrons who had no idea about social distancing or respect for others & did not wear masks when not seated ( as advised by gov.) we watched with jaws dropping as a couple left their & table went across to another table of 3 .. leant in to talk, breathed all over them .. then spotted another table of 6 as they made their way out who they knew .. embraced them leant in across the table .. no masks on!
I’m sure the staff hadn’t seen them! Perhaps people need escorting from the room to make sure they follow protocols.

LJ
LynneJ
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Initially we found we were warmly greeted and admirably dealt with regarding Covid procedures, but were then led into a back room and sat in the full blast of an open window, This was adjusted on request. We were given the wrong menu which then had to be altered. Not all the cocktail options were made available to us for our lunch and we had to request our own non alcoholic version (which was indicated online on a sample menu choice). The service was so slow we went through two jugs of water delivered to us before we even saw light of day of our starters. Food was good when it arrived although it was delivered to the wrong table and we had to intervene! It was all a bit shambolic and the waiter could not stop apologising at every turn. Overall we felt rather out of sight and consequently that we had been forgotten about more than once on this particular occasion.

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SueL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch in beautiful surroundings. The food was superb, as why the service. The staff were marvellous especially as it was difficult to hear what people were saying through their masks!

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RonaldM
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Back to the Northgate after a few covid19 weeks of being away. There were several diners taking in the sun on the outside tables, just us oldies enjoying a table for two inside for Sunday lunch. The Northgate have got their act together regarding seating and we are pleased to have again booked for next Sunday. Food was excellent, staff very attentive. As my dear wife is wheelchair dependent it was good to see a ramp where there was in the past a step to negotiate.

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Suffolkated
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening spent in good company. Our hosts made us feel welcome without being intrusive. The food was spectacular as always

FAQs

The Northgate is rated 4.6 stars by 380 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.