Food for Thought: new restaurant openings in Suffolk, awards and more

Every month eastlife brings you latest news from the region’s food and drink scene. New restaurant openings, seasonal menus, recommendations, offers and events – here’s what’s coming up in June. 

Bourgee expands to Bury St Edmunds

With the success of the brands first two venues in Southend-On-Sea and Chelmsford, Steak and Lobster restaurant Bourgee is has continued growth of its ‘affordable luxury’ concept with the announcement of its third opening in the historic market town of Bury St. Edmunds.

Having opened last month, within the recently restored Cupola House building, Bourgee aims to enhance and compliment the building’s preserved architecture, repairing iconic features such as the building’s stunning spiral staircase – whilst adding premium fittings for a ‘Bourgee twist.’

British Master Chef and Director of Bourgee, Mark Baumann said: “As we branch into a new county, our ambitions remain the same. We want to challenge consumer perceptions in East Anglia and show that customers can enjoy the ‘London dining experience’ without having to travel or suffer the over-inflated price tag.”

New Developments at The Oaksmere, Diss 

The Oaksmere Hotel near Diss on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk fully re-opens its doors this month.


The hotel, restaurant and wedding venue has redesigned its 10 bedrooms and four suits and extensive work has been carried out on the restaurant which has been extended out to the terrace with an urban interior design.

The menu is headed up by head chef Nick Claxton-Webb, and will use locally sourced produce for its dishes with a ‘field to fork’ emphasis. The Oaksmere features its own on-site butchery and kitchen garden. All the beef is from local suppliers, one of which is from Warren Hills Farm that adjoins The Oaksmere’s parkland.  A tasting menu will also be available.

Turtle Bay Norwich launches new menu

Turtle Bay Norwich is launching a brand new menu – the first big menu enhancement it has undertaken since the restaurant came to the city.

The new menu has been inspired by feedback from guests, and devotion to the Caribbean culture. It’s a vibrant celebration of Turtle Bay’s signature flavours, all with fresh new twists, more accessible dietary options and a much bigger choice of light, healthy, high value lunchtime dishes. There will be a wider range of stunning new vegan and vegetarian dishes too. For more vegetarian restaurants in the region ‘Like’ our Facebook page:

The Norfolk Cook Book out now

Those who love cooking can now get their hands on the The Norfolk Cook Book, which brings together the very best of the region’s burgeoning food and drink scene; from a fantastic array of independent restaurants and cafés to pubs, delis, producers and suppliers.

The Norfolk Cook Book features over 50 recipes and strives to capture and promote the region’s vibrant, diverse approach to catering, with each chapter focusing on delicious yet unique recipes and the stories behind each foodie business.

You will find contributions from a range of venues such as fine dining restaurant Roger Hickman’s, produce shop Scrummy Pig, Norfolk Saffron, dessert bar Figbar, numerous award-winning eateries and charity A Passion To Inspire; it’s clear that Norfolk is all-encompassing when it comes to the culinary industry.

The recipes are achievable by all home cooks and you could also use the book as a guide for all the best places to visit, in areas including Norwich, Holt, Cromer, King’s Lynn, Loddon, Fakenham, Hunstanton, Cley Next the Sea and many more. The extensive selection of eateries will leave you spoilt for choice with all your favourites and a few new haunts.

The Norfolk Cook Book is priced £14.95 and will be available in all the businesses featured in the book which are listed here at It will also be sold in select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones, and online on at

Changes at the The White Horse in Easton

Following the extensive renovation of The White Horse in Easton in June 2016, The Chestnut Group have appointed former head chef Allister Catchpole as the new landlord. The pub is now closed for Allister to oversee a restructure and remodelling of the much-loved pub, which will reopen on Friday 16 June 2017.

Galvin Green Man crowned ‘Best Pub in East of England’ at National Pub & Bar Awards 2017

The National Pub & Bar Awards have crowned the Galvin Green Man, Howe St, as the region’s best pub, awarding the latest pub from the Essex-born chef brothers, Chris & Jeff Galvin, ‘the best pub in East of England’. 

The recognition came at the annual National Pub & Bar Awards in London on 23 May following the Essex county award win in April.

The Galvin Green Man pub is a return home for Essex-born Chris & Jeff Galvin, opening November 2016 in Howe St near Chelmsford. Set in 1.5 acres of riverside meadow amidst countryside with the river Chelmer running at the bottom of the gardens, the Green Man is one of the oldest pubs in Essex – dating back 700 years.

The transformation was extensive, with interior and architectural renovation restoring the listed building to its former splendour with the addition of a stunning new main dining room with glass vaulted entrance sitting alongside the original pub, keeping its Great British pub traditions.


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