The Northgate, a Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
On a recent visit to the lovely Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds I stayed at The Northgate a luxurious, yet not outrageously expensive boutique hotel close to the city centre. As soon as I entered the reception area I got the impression that someone really cared about this hotel. I sensed that a lot of thought had been given to the decoration of the rooms. In the lounge areas and restaurant beautifully blended pastel colours create a pleasing atmosphere that draws its guests in, invites them to make themselves comfortable. In the bar area bright orange seats amongst the creams and beiges created a sense of light-heartedness and enjoyment ...
Bury St Edmunds and the Inheritance from its Abbey
When the site of the famous Abbey of St Edmundsbury and its precincts was taken over by the local Corporation to establish a public park the ruins of the Abbey were the main feature. Since then there have been some lovely additions to this popular park. Amenities include a play areas and the "Garden Cafe":https://www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/directory/garden-cafe-abbey-gardens. Visitors can also enjoy a series of small gardens, each representing a theme or a dedication.
Bury St Edmunds in the Limelight
Imagine over seven hundred unwashed bodies crammed into a small theatre. Only three water closets available; tallow candles burning for illumination and flares of powdered lime for spotlights. Performances would start late evening and last for four or five hours. Everyone knew their place and had their own entrance - gentry in the dress circle and upper dress circle, middle class in the stalls on benches and working class standing in the gods. It was hot and smelly but it was the place to be in town …
Music and Molluscs in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
It was a glorious autumnal afternoon when I arrived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Not wishing to waste a moment of the sunny weather i set off to walk along its extensive pebble beach. It was not long before the aroma of fish and chips began to drift towards me. I noticed that the wall lining Crag Path was lined with people eating fish and chips. It soon became too much as I had skipped lunch ...
A Millers Tale from Woodbridge in Suffolk
I could feel goose bumps on my arms as the huge wooden axles began to turn and the large wooden wheels began to revolve. The Tide Mill in Woodbridge, Suffolk was milling flour as it has done for centuries. The whole operation takes place on the three floors of the old mill and I raced up and down the narrow wooden staircases after Dan, the 'miller' ...
By the Sea at the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
There are not many places where you can luxuriate in a hot bath while listening to the waves ebbing and flowing on the beach below. Or breakfast in your room watching the sun rise over the sea beyond your window. At the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh I discovered I could do both ...
Jewels in the Crown at Woodbridge
A narrow staircase and a long corridor led me to my room and the realisation that this was a hotel with character. I love hotels with character and this place has a unique style. It is a fascinating blend of popular ‘local’ and sophisticated hotel. The décor downstairs suits both – wooden chairs and tables surrounded by subtly decorated walls. The same tasteful style continues in the rooms ...