Big changes taking place at The Old Cannon in Bury St Edmunds

Craig and Julie Nichols behind the bar at The Old Cannon.

Craig and Julie Nichols behind the bar at The Old Cannon. - Credit: Archant

They have been managing The Old Cannon, in Bury St Edmunds, since last August and now they have launched a brand new menu at the gastro pub brewery.

And they chose a unique way to change round what’s being offered to diners.

For they asked the chefs to come up with their selections of which they had to whittle it down to 34 new dishes from over 100 suggestions.

General manager Craig Nichols and his wife Julie, who moved from No4 Restaurant and Bar, in Hatter Street, last year, also have a raft of themed events planned at the pub in Cannon Street.

They include an 80s Revival Night, on Thursday, April 26, which features meals of the decade including prawn cocktail, coq au vin, scampi and chips and Black Forest gateau; the introduction of a pizza night every Monday devised by chef Peter Jakab who prepares authentic dishes including a selection of eight different pizzas and a drink for £10; a Disco Party, on Sunday, May 6; a pub quiz on Sunday, May 20; and a karaoke on Sunday, May 27.


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The pub is also promoting their lunchtime menus with choices including smoked salmon and haddock fishcakes, sausage and mash, ham egg and chips and spotted dick from £12.50 for two courses through to £16 for three courses which is served Monday to Friday from noon to 5pm.

The couple have introduced an imaginative selection of courses on their main menu including gluton free and vegetarian dishes. They feature bubble and squeak cake, Spanish rice and manchego cheese stuffed romano peppers, BBQ ribs, gammon steak, cod and chips, pork and chirozo burger, roasted Portobello mushroom, fish and egg pie, butternut squash puree pasta, delicious deserts such as peanut butter stuffed chocolate brownies, Eton mess and raspberry matcha chia pudding plus roast Sunday lunches.

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Craig said: “We have already had Czech and Slovakia themed nights with the pub decorated in the national flags and we have others planned throughout the year.

“It’s the biggest menu change that’s taken place at the Old Cannon and we asked the chefs in the kitchen to come up with starters, mains and desserts and by the time we had finished we had over 100 to choose from.

“We had to whittle them down to 34 which are all now on the menu.

“We may not be in the town centre but we are a short walk away and have so much to offer.”

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