Gladys & Charlie visit THE OLD CANNON BREWERY, Bury St Edmunds

The Old Cannon Brewery
86 Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1JR
Tel: 01284 768769


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Pub/Bistro style with locally sourced produce regular themed nights Italian nights, Czech night (they have a Chef called Igor), Curry nights, Summer even and Oyster Festival.

It was our daughter’s birthday so 10 of us booked to go to the Old Cannon Brewery on Saturday night. Situated in Cannon Street parking for us has always been a problem over the years so we parked away from the street and walked to the pub no problem. The Old Cannon has always been a safe place to eat out with good portions of wholesome food but a limited menu so we were really looking forward to our night out.

When we arrived everybody was already there we had a drink at the bar before we ordered. Charlie had a pint of “Gunners Daughter” and I had a glass of dry white wine There was a great atmosphere in the restaurant and bar and a much more extensive and varied menu than we had ever seen there before.

It turned out that The Old Cannon Brewery had been under new management for the previous 10 weeks and what a difference they seem to have made. Craig and Julie Nichols took over the management of The Old Cannon Brewery in August 2017 after previously successfully developing the restaurant business at the Abbeygate Cinema.

The Menu offered a super choice and was very reasonable. Some had starters, some didn’t, all had a main course and some had sweet. Charlie and myself has a Lamb Madras (£13.95) from the specials board It said quite clearly that it came with Bombay potato, a Poppadum and mango chutney but Charlie didn’t have his glasses and was disappointed that he didn’t get any rice.

Young Matt asked Charlie if he knew which country that the red white and blue flags were from and Charlie was on the money when he said ‘Czech Republic’ Matt was very impressed but it did say on the board that the Czech night was on the coming Thursday. They were also promoting the Oyster Festival.

There is nothing quite as funny as seeing somebody in their mid-thirties having their first Oyster and expecting it to work straightaway. One of our group ordered three oysters for £4.75 and then gave two away. Others in the group had the Mussel’s Mariners’ served with a homemade roll & butter at £7.50 as a starter.

I am not quite sure exactly who had what as I was enjoying my Lamb Curry which had lovely spices and a good sized portion but our daughter loved her choice of Beer and honey glazed pork belly with spiced red cabbage and Boulanger potatoes £12.95 and our son and son in law raved about Igor’s traditional Czech goulash served with smoked garlic mashed potato £12.95.

One of the vegetarian options was Fettuccine in a spinach, leek and chive sauce £8.50 which looked really good value. Whilst others enjoyed the Old Cannon beer battered cod and chips, minted pea puree, homemade chunky tartar sauce £13.95 and a juicy Hamburger from the specials board.

There was a great choice of sweet but the thing that impressed Charlie was the fabulous cheeseboard.

There was plenty of wine and a great choice of Real Ale but our son in law kindly took the bill for the drinks and when we split the food bill amongst ourselves it came to £20 per head and included a very reasonable tip. It was a great evening we strongly recommend that you try The Old Cannon Brewery under the management of Craig and Julie.

The Old Cannon Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

The Old Cannon Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

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