Category Archives: Suffolk

The Old Canon Brewery

Bury St Edmunds:

We’d been recommended this as one of the very few non-Green King pubs in town. It was a few minutes walk north of the centre, in a quiet residential street, and we were expecting to like it a lot: something other than GK beer, microbrewery on site.

In the event, it didn’t hit the spot: staff were friendly enough, but the microbrewery seemed like a gimmick, with the bright, chromed vessels in the bar area seeming like mere decoration, and a lot of tables reserved for food. The bar snacks were a bit hipstery too. The beer we had was in fine condition, but didn’t inspire, but we may have chosen badly- but the lack of any notes explaining on the pump clips made choosing more difficult.

The Rose & Crown

Bury St Edmunds:

Lovely edge-of-town pub. Very traditional inside and out. Greene King again, but some guest beer (Landlord, which was great), and really friendly staff and customers. If i found myself moving to Bury St Edmunds, this would be my local. Food only at lunchtimes, it seems- this place is primarily a community drinking pub with lots of community activities centred on it.

The Masons Arms

Bury St Edmunds:

Busy town-centre pub, with good outside space, which went well with the weather when we visited. Popular for food, but not overwhelmed, and though Greene King again, it had some guest beer on. Good beer choice, secent wine, friendly staff, and a real Friday/Saturday lively buzz without loud music, which w