The Northgate

Location Bury St Edmunds

Postcode IP33 1HP

Telephone 01283 339604


Why we love it...

Glitz and glamour

The Place

Formerly Ounce House – run by the Potts family – it was recently taken over by The Chestnut Group (headed by ex-banker Philip Turner). While there certainly have been changes, its excellence hasn’t been compromised. Perhaps this is why Genevieve, the Potts’ daughter, has chosen to stay on as host and receptionist.  Staffed by sneaker-wearing youths and frequented by metropolitans, it’s no longer a guesthouse, but the experience is relaxing and the service instant. The swishing drapery of Ounce House have given way to a glitzier style, complete with a moody cocktail bar and glamorous dining room. Turner’s aim was to avoid hotel labels such as restaurant-with-rooms, guesthouse and so on, preferring it to be “simply eponymous with a great experience.”

The nine bedrooms are decorated in neutral colours combined with plush, luxurious fittings – both classic and glamorous. Bathrooms are very smart, and you’ll find home-made shortbread on arrival. The food generally is a great draw, with an option to sit at the chef’s table and watch Daniel Grigg (formerly chef at Gilpin Lodge, Langley Castle and Linthwaite House) in action. Our series editor Fiona Duncan especially enjoyed cauliflower risotto for dinner, and grapefruit granita with orange and thyme at breakfast.

The Essentials

Price Band £££
Rooms 8 double rooms, 1 suite (2 linked double rooms with twin beds in the second room). All have a TV, free WiFi, hairdryer, and tea & coffee facilities.
Food breakfast, lunch, cream tea and dinner.
Facilities chefs table, private dining room, restaurant, bar and conservatory.
Children accepted
Disabled no access
Pets not accepted

To Book

Contact Stephen Mariott
Call 01283 339604

Good To Know

Address Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1HP

The Location

Find this place: in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. Only 350 yards from the city centre.

What's nearby: Abbey gardens (350 yards), St Edmunds Cathedral (350 yards), Greene King Brewery (1232 yards), Theatre royal (1232 yards), Bury town centre (350 yards), Bury St Edmunds market (400 yards - Weds and Sat 8am-4pm)