Derek and Layla visit The Olive Grove and this is what we thought

Greek restaurant
90 St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SQ.
Telephone 01284 663085
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, noon to 10pm

Having reviewed The Olive Grove back in November 2022, we decided that we would review it again having had some really good reports from some of our family and friends who had recently visited.

The four of us opted for an early evening meal this time it was reviewers, Derek and Layla with friends Richard and Marylyn.

For an early Wednesday evening there was already a good few diners and as the evening progressed the restaurant did get busier but this did not affect the service that we received and generated a very good atmosphere.

In fact the service all round from taking our orders to receiving our bill was excellent, very professional and very friendly.

For drinks the ladies had a bottle of the Queen of Hearts, a Greek sauvignon blanc which was sharp and fruity, a typical good house wine at £23.95.

Richard and Derek went with the Alpha beer, a Greek blond bottled beer (33cl priced at £4.80 per bottle) that had some depth to it and was very nice. Derek wanted to try the dark version but unfortunately this was temporarily unavailable.

We all went for starters with Marylyn opting for Olives and Greek Pitta bread (£4.95).  Layla ordered Garides Saganaki, King Prawns flambe with ouzo, tomatoes and feta (£9.50) which looked lovely and it was served piping hot.

Richard chose Feta Meli, Feta cheese wrapped in filo pastry drizzled with Honey and Truffle oil and topped with sesame seeds(£7.40). Derek had the Calamari Tiganto, fried Calamari with mint and garlic mayo (£8.95).

To follow with the main courses Layla and Richard chose the Kotsi Kleftiko, a lamb shank with vegetables baby potatoes and herbs which had been cooked for 12 hours (£17.95).   Derek went with the Kofta, lamb and beef patties served with potato wedges, pitta bread, green salad and a tomato dip £16.80)

Marylyn chose the Lamb Tagine, succulent lamb chump, chickpeas and button mushrooms, dried black limes and mixed herbs (£13.95).

After enjoying a filling starter and main course neither of us opted for a sweet and ordered Americano Coffee which were very reasonably priced at £2 a cup. The bill arrived accompanied by some mint chocolates and came to £161.26 after a 10 per cent service charge had been added.

We all enjoyed the food and will return soon.


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