max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Poll: More restaurants are due to open in Bury St Edmunds town centre

17:54 06 February 2013

eadt news west - mariam ghaemi -  photograph Tudor Morgan-Owen 20/01/12

Rain pics in Bury St Edmunds.

A wet January day in Abbeygate Street.

eadt news west - mariam ghaemi - photograph Tudor Morgan-Owen 20/01/12 Rain pics in Bury St Edmunds. A wet January day in Abbeygate Street.

FOOD and drink is the “future of the high street,” the chief executive of a business group has said, as he revealed Bury St Edmunds town centre now has more than 70 such businesses.


The East Anglian Daily Times can reveal Wildwood, which is a small restaurant chain, is set to open an Italian restaurant with an English twist at the former Thing-Me-Bobs store in Abbeygate Street.

This street at the heart of Bury town centre is becoming known for its eateries, with the Mexican Chimichanga a recent addition and Chinese buffet restaurant Real China set to open at the former Barclays bank building. A Thai restaurant is also on the cards for St John’s Street.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of town centre business improvement group Bid4Bury, said the town centre now had more than 70 places where you could eat and/or drink, adding almost 20% of the Bid’s firms were such businesses.

“I’m not surprised because that’s the way thriving town centres are going,” he said. “I know I joked, until you can pick up your laptop and pour a drink out of it you physically cannot go on the internet to buy food and drink.

“It’s that human interaction. Human beings are social animals – well, most of them – and we are finding even in the recession, when people might tighten their belts and not buy that pair of shoes or that outfit, they will still spend on a night out to make them feel good. I would say Bury is meeting that demand.

“There will be people who say ‘crikey, another restaurant, that’s not what we need,’ but why are they opening? You can only presume they have done some research and they feel it’s worthwhile. And I think it’s great.”

He added most people going to town for a meal would also do some shopping.

“The retail will still be the most important aspect of the town centre, but you need these other things to supplement it,” he said.

Clare McDonald, an interior architect and associate at Brown Studio, the agent for Wildwood, said market towns with history and culture appealed to their client.

She added: “We love interesting buildings. If it doesn’t have much interest we bring interest into it. It’s very nice to have listed buildings.”

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said it had received two applications from Wildwood for works to be carried out to the building, which is already covered by a permission for restaurant use.

Ms McDonald said the new restaurant, which is planned to open this year, would be like a “home away from home” with “cosy seating”.

Gordon Ellis, a director of Merrifields commercial property specialists in Bury, said the terms for a let on the former Thing-Me-Bobs unit had been agreed.

Related articles



The Cask Report has highlighted the importance of real ale to the the pub trade.

Drinkers of real ale are a “lifeline” for Britain’s hard-pressed pubs sector, according to a new study.

A queue outside of a Greggs store.

Baker Greggs warned the new national living wage will put pressure on the group to raise the prices of its pasties and sausage rolls.

Home Secretary Theresa May arrives to deliver her speech at Manchester Central during the Conservative Party conference.

Theresa May faced an angry backlash from business leaders and refugee charities for falsely “vilifying” immigrants in a bid to boost her own political career.

Amanda Bond, Visit Suffolk brand manager

The value of Suffolk’s tourism industry has grown to £1.85billion a year, according to new figures, with the total, for the 2013 season, represents a rise of £50million over 2012.

Pigs Gone Wild campaign project leader  Norman Lloyd with the organisation's own pig sculpture.

Businesses are being urged to get behind a public art initiative which aims to raise £100,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

Dr Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University.

The director of Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is in the running to be named the greenest academic in the UK.

The presentation of the Gold award in the Community Relations Campaign category to Essex County Council at the CIPR Anglia Thames & Chiltern Pride Awards 2015

Photo:  Steve Pope - FOTOWALES

Public relations professionals across East Anglia have received recognition in the regional round of the 2015 PRide Awards.

New report on prosperity in seaside towns

New research has highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs in helping to revive seaside towns that have fallen into decline and unlock further potential in those already prospering.

Dan Poulter with employees at B&Q

A Suffolk MP has said he will do what he can to try and prevent a B&Q store closing down with the potential loss of around 100 jobs.

Helen Drage,  co-founder of Drage & Tozer Opticians.

Sudbury opticians firm Drage and Tozer, founded in 1995 by Helen Drage and Sandra Tozer, has celebrated 20 years in business by expanding into new premises.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages