Rare award for Bury St Edmunds restaurant

Justin Sharp owner and chef at Pea Porridge.
Justin Sharp owner and chef at Pea Porridge.

Pea Porridge in Bury St Edmunds has been awarded The Michelin Guide’s prestigious Bib Gourmand for the fourth year running.

The Cannon Street restaurant, run by Justin and Jurga Sharp, is one of only 143 in the UK, to receive the ‘Bib’.

Justin Sharp owner and chef at Pea Porridge.

Justin Sharp owner and chef at Pea Porridge.

The Leaping Hare in Stanton and The Lighthouse at Aldeburgh are the only two other Suffolk restaurants to receive the accolade which recognises reasonably priced good food.

To qualify restaurants have to be able to offer a three course meal excluding drinks, for £28 or less.

Pea Porridge is also listed in The Sunday Telegraph’s top 500 UK restaurants.

Mr Sharp said: “When we opened, our aim first and foremost was to have a successful business, but if we could get any accolade the Bib Gourmand was what we wanted to achieve.

“The Bib is the pinnacle award for a restaurant of our style to achieve. We are not fine dining. We are a busy bistro and this award is price sensitive.

“We don’t adjust our prices according to the Michelin Guide. “It is great that with all the rising food costs we have still achieved this.”