Burger bar in Bury St Edmunds joins the fine dining elite on The Good Food Guide

Justin Sharp from Pea Porridge and Tim Blake from Benson Blakes.  They have been mentioned in the latest Good Food Guide.
Justin Sharp from Pea Porridge and Tim Blake from Benson Blakes. They have been mentioned in the latest Good Food Guide.
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A burger bar in Bury St Edmunds has been ranked alongside two of the town’s top restaurants after being listed in The Good Food Guide.

Benson Blakes – which won Britain’s best burger in March – has for the first time joined Pea Porridge and Maison Bleue in Bury, as well as The Great House in Lavenham, The Leaping Hare in Stanton and Tuddenham Mill in the prestigious guide.

Elveden Inn has been named pub of the year, England, in the AA Hospitality Awards. Manager Richard Lawson and assistant manager David Bartlett toast their recent success.

Elveden Inn has been named pub of the year, England, in the AA Hospitality Awards. Manager Richard Lawson and assistant manager David Bartlett toast their recent success.

Tim Blake who runs Benson Blakes said: “You look at the list at its is not just some of the best restaurants in Bury, but nationally. Maison Bleue and Pea Porridge are both great restaurants.

“To be placed alongside them is a great achievement. I think winning the best burger award has helped open it up for people to give us a try.”

Husband and wife Justin and Jurga Sharp opened Pea Porridge four years ago and have been in the Good Food Guide ever since.

“You don’t get onto the list if you are not up to much,” said Justin,

“We try to champion the forgotten cuts, the sweetmeats, the hearts, tongues, kidneys, cheeks and ears.

“There is a broad menu with something for everyone to get the juices flowing and something for the simplier palate.”

Regis Crepy who runs both The Great House and Maison Bleue said: “The Great House is the only restaurant in Suffolk that has been on the list for the past 24 years.

“We are extremely pleased, as we are for Maison Bleue which has been in the guide for the past 15 years.”

And it is not the only success for our restaurants this weeek with The Elveden Inn winning pub of the Year England , and The Swan Hotel in Lavenham the ‘Inspector’s Choice’ Four Red Star status for its hospitality in the AA Hospitality Awards.

The Elveden Inn on The Elveden Estate is owned by the Guinness family and re-opened in November 2011 after a complete refurbishment.

It already holds an AA five star rating and AA Dining Award.

Lord Iveagh, head of the Guinness family, said: “To be judged best of breed AA Pub of the Year is an exceptional accolade.”

The Swan Hotel’s award follows the hotel’s Gold Award in the Large Hotel of the Year category at the Visit England Awards for Excellence.

The Swan also has two AA rosettes for its outstanding cuisine.

General Manager Ingo Wiangke said; “This wonderful accolade is a glowing testament to our team’s hard work, dedication and passion to providing only the very best customer service.”