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The Angel Hotel offers stylish rooms adorned with contemporary designer furnishings, as well as an intriguing underground bar and a delightful fine dining experience. A significant tribute to Charles Dickens can be found at the hotel's entrance in the form of a blue plaque, commemorating his visits to Bury St Edmunds and expressing gratitude for featuring the town and its former coaching inn in his renowned novel, The Pickwick Papers.

My daughter and I have just returned home after having had the most wonderful stay at this amazing hotel. It had always been my dream to have a night there with my husband but sadly this was never to be, as he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last year. As yesterday was my birthday, my daughter and myself treated ourselves to a one night stay. From the moment we arrived, nothing was too much trouble. I would like to pay special tribute to " Millie", to whom I spoke when making the booking over the telephone. She was so incredibly kind when I got rather upset while explaining the demise of my husband and that it was my birthday. On arrival, we found that she had upgraded us to the nicest room you could ever imagine and, on entering our room we saw sweets and a card left by the team. A really lovely and much appreciated gesture. The food was out of this world, so beautifully presented and plenty of it. Compliments to the chef! I am so happy to have been able to fulfil my dream and cannot thank Millie and whole team enough, for the wonderful way in which both myself and my daughter were treated. Thank you all. I am sure that my daughter and her husband will be visiting in the future as my son - in -law now wants to experience what we did !!

Wendy Saunders — Google review

From the time we arrived at the hotel and was met by the valet to the time we left, we found the staff very helpful and friendly. We were especially impressed by the valets who were so friendly and helpful and are a true asset to the hotel. The room we were allocated was beautiful: it was lovely and spacious and had a large comfy bed. We opted for the evening meal package. The food was of excellent quality and beautifully cooked. If I had one small criticism, it would be that the dinner menu was a bit limited. Having said that, it didn't detract from our enjoyment of the meal. The breakfast was delicious. This was our second stay at the hotel and we'll definitely be back. We'll done.

Jeanette Farrow — Google review

We stayed in an Impressions room for 3 nights and loved the truly individual style. Having 2 lovely armchairs that were light enough to swivel to watch television together with a cafetiere for coffee, beautiful mugs and a choice of teas made it a very relaxing room to be in. The only problem with the cafetiere was trying to clean it out to be reused. However it was worth it to have 'proper' coffee.The beds were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was very spacious. I did have to fiddle with the shower to get a temperature to my liking but the pressure was wonderful.What made the hotel stand out was its staff. The two valets could not have been more helpful. They made the arrival and leaving process very easy for us. This service was far higher than I'd have expected from a four star hotel.The reception team were so welcoming, dealing with our queries, check in and check out very with the right balance of professionalism and friendliness.I would definitely stay here again.

Natalie MacKenzie — Google review

Second stay at this lovely hotel.First time with my husband Kelvin Seabrook and this time with a friend.We were going to the Theatre Royal on the evening we arrived, time was short and we explained this when we ordered drinks and food. Our order arrived promptly, although the hotel was busy.Food was excellent. We had a lovely room and a delicious breakfast next morning.Valet parking was stress free and all staff were very friendly and helpful.Will definitely return.

Janice Perren — Google review

From the moment we walked into this beautiful hotel, we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes. The entrance lobby was a spectacular sight. After being seated in the bar area and ordering drinks myself and my date decided to see if there was a table spare which they accommodated us with a wonderful table.I have personally been in hospitality for 24 years and the service that we received tonight was by far first class. Every member of staff was polite, helpful and treated us perfectly. We both decided to go for the fish and chip as my date is gluten free and I am dairy free. The staff were more than happy to make our dining experience amazing.The food was fantastic and as a chef myself the food that was being served in the restaurant was outstanding. Beautifully presented and looked delicious.The atmosphere tonight was amazing too. So many people all having a great time and enjoying the excellent food and service that was provided by these outstanding staff.Everyone that was working tonight a massive thank you and we both will be returning very soon.

Glenn Eldridge — Google review

Location is perfect. Car park behind hotel is really handy. Hotel, room and staff very nice. Lovely dining room and bar. Corridors have fabulous creaks as you walk through them adding to the olde hotel feel.Bit noisy at 8am as the bins were being emptied and the sash windows are not double glazed.There was an overpowering smell of fish in bar restaurant area after dinner( fish not fresh? No extractor fan in kitchen?) Love fish but it shouldn’t smell like that!Breakfast served well just let down by small scrambled eggs portion and not scrambled enough(white and yellow not mixed enough) and the mushrooms placed on the same piece of toast as the eggs! And the other scrambled eggs had the smoked salmon placed under the eggs! Coffee was terribly weak perhaps only one scoop in a large pot.

Torq Flange — Google review

For many years, I have enjoyed lunches and dinners at The Angel, and it has the right combination of service and atmosphere. As a company, we always try to use the Angel when guests arrive for meetings and need to stay overnight.By default, in April, my guest and his wife for the weekend could not attend. Therefore, my wife and I stayed in the Copper Bathroom room, not waste the booking.The bathroom is spectacular; it is a challenge to get out of the deep copper bath, but it is very nice. However, the room furniture appeared a little disjointed; I appreciate that shabby chic is lovely, but whoever designed the room, curtains, and headboard needed to be in sync with their holistic approach when designing the room.Unfortunately, I was quite taken aback by the state of cleanliness in the room. There were noticeable dirty marks around the door, and when I opened the windows, I was greeted by a rather filthy framework. It seemed like it hadn't been cleaned in quite some time, which was a bit disappointing.I had never stayed there before, and after paying a premium price, I expected a higher standard, so I was very disappointed.On checkout, I did expect a smile and a "How was your stay?" but it was a fundamental transition. I expected more communication, but none was forthcomming.

Richard Crowther — Google review

The food was delicious, we were very lucky that we could come in without booking on a very wet and windy Sunday. We were celebrating my partners birthday, the restaurant/bar is beautiful, there's so much to see. Will definitely come again. Thank you to the staff, who were all so friendly and helpful even though they were very busy and having to deal with a leak too!

Keiley Harkin — Google review

I stayed here for my wedding, and many of our guests did too. The front of the hotel is stunning during Autumn because of the red leave facade, and it makes for such a welcoming and warm entrance into the beautiful hotel.The team was very helpful, attentive and went above and beyond throughout our stay and when we were planning. We had a block of 10 rooms, we booked a the private Vaults room in the cellar for wedding drinks on the Friday, and additionally a private dining room for my bridal breakfast. It was simply perfect.Both myself and my husband had entourages in separate suites the days of the wedding to get ready, and the hotel sent up glasses for champagne and pastries to keep us all going!Would highly recommend as a fantastic hotel to go to in the Bury St Edmunds area, especially with their free parking, room service and porter service which just made everything smooth and easy.

Heather Harmsworth — Google review

We booked a couple of rooms and brought our elderly parents. We had a wonderful stay. The staff were so helpful when I called to book our rooms and couldn’t do enough to assist us. We booked a room that was accessible with a lift and a walk in shower as we had a wheelchair. The breakfast was delicious and the evening meal in the hotel restaurant was superb. The guys in the bar were so friendly and welcoming to us. Thank you.

Katie Millbery — Google review

Highly recommend. The hotel itself is perfectly situated - opposite the cathedral and within easy walking distance of plenty of shops and restaurants. There was a lovely atmosphere and the hotel felt bustling but not over crowded. It was beautifully decorated for a Christmassy feel but, if you're a light sleeper request a room where there are no Christmas lights outside as they tick through the night quite loudly!The rooms are clean and spacious.The afternoon tea was lovely and the English breakfast in the room is a must!The valet parking is a nice touch and we can recommend Francela as a lovely local restaurant worth a visit.Can't wait to go back!

lou e — Google review

This was our third visit to The Angel Hotel and once again met all expectations. We bring our Labrador who is well catered for with a free toy and treats from staff, as indeed we are. The hotel location is superb with very convenient valet parking. The service is excellent. Breakfast each morning next to the roaring fire with our dog is very relaxing. Selection for breakfast is superb and plentiful. We had an evening meal in the lounge on one occasion which was also extremely tasty. Staying at The Angel allows us to visit friends who live nearby whilst experiencing some luxury plus enjoying the delights of Bury. We will be back.

John Tansey — Google review

Following my recent stay I felt compelled to express my disappointment regarding the cleanliness of my room.Upon arrival, it was immediately apparent that the cleanliness standards were not met. Dust had visibly accumulated on the headboard, picture frames, and light fittings. Additionally, corners showed evidence of neglected dust build-ups, indicating a lack of thorough cleaning. The carpet appeared poorly vacuumed, retaining debris and particles, while the walls bore noticeable marks and scuffs.The situation in the bathroom was particularly alarming. Mould growth was evident, accompanied by further dirty marks on the walls. Grime build-up around the bathroom sink and stains near the door frame detracted from the overall experience. Moreover, corners near the bath panel gathered dust and hair, suggesting substandard cleaning protocols. Of grave concern was the presence of black mould on the windows, highlighting potential health hazards and hygiene oversights.Despite acknowledging the room's need for renovation, cleanliness should never be compromised.On a more positive note, I wish to commend the excellent dining experience we enjoyed at the hotel's restaurant with friends. The service provided by all staff members was commendable.However, despite addressing these concerns following check-out through multiple emails to the management, I am disappointed to report that I am yet to receive a response acknowledging receipt of this complaint or a commitment to address the raised concerns.I hope the management will take prompt action to rectify this issue and ensure a more satisfactory experience for future guests.

Hannah Chapman — Google review

Went for afternoon tea and cannot recommend enough! The service was impeccable, especially Maddie, she was so attentive, polite and even gave us complimentary surprises for our special occasions! The tea choice is incredible, hard to pick just one, and the food is delicious! All freshly made that day, scones and sausage rolls hot from the oven! So much food that we took 4 boxes of left overs home to enjoy!

Aimee Clarke — Google review

Absolutely loved this place amazing decor throughout everywhere filled with elegant furnishings. Lovely food great location. The staff were amazing. If I had to leave one negative comment it would be the room itself could do with a bit of TLC (carpet change) (better shower) other than that amazing x

Sam Brooker — Google review

We booked 2 twin rooms for a 1 night stay. Great location for shops, restaurants etc. Good communication from hotel prior to arrival to advise of nearby charity event which would impact on parking. On arrival, very welcoming & helpful reception & concierge staff. Rooms very comfortable, clean & warm. co*cktails in bar were very nice - (can recommend the blood orange margaritas)! Very tasty breakfast & friendly efficient service. Will definitely stay again.

Mags Evans — Google review

Stayed here with group of our family for a big birthday weekend. Booking process was easy and multiple requests were accommodated. When we arrived the valet was lovely and looked after us beautifully. Reception and check in were smooth. Rooms were nice (and little card saying happy birthday with some sweets was lovely surprise) but some rooms are still being renovated so we had a mix of new/old. Room facilities decent but view from the back of the hotel into the car park not so beautiful. And the 630am delivery guy shouting outside our window wasn’t ideal. Breakfast was great. We had it included in the price and the staff helped us work out all the allergies and preferences (thank you!). There are nice areas to sit in as a resident but as afternoon teas are very popular with non residents it’s a bit hard to find somewhere to sit if you’re not having food. Great location, elegant decor and overall a perfect choice. Thanks for having us ◡̈

Ali Newman — Google review

From the outside the hotel has always looked a little old fashioned so have never considered a stay there.I was totally wrong , the interior is fresh and interesting, beautifully and tastefully decorated, very quirky.The room was Huge, way more than we had expected overlooking the square, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom very well equipped.The staff couldnt have been more attentive and the valet parking was a real bonus, unexpected and a lovely touch.We didnt have an evening meal there as had already booked elsewhere, but the breakfast was excellent.Id almost certainly book again if i need to stay in Bury as it was a memorable experience.

Danny Jennings — Google review

Another lovely two night stay at The Angel. An annual trip for us. Food was great. Evening meals and breakfasts equally good.Room was facing the Abbey and the Xmas tree was right outside, very spacious with tea, coffee provided. (No fridge however).Check in and check out was not particularly friendly, same Lady as last year, perhaps she was having a bad day (or two!). As usual the man who parks the cars, and does so much more was brilliant.#Having seen John Rees pathetic review. If he does turn up, please chuck him straight out. Imagine having the gall to complain BEFORE arrival. I bet he cries off. Plenty of awesome restaurants in Bury anyway#

David Honor — Google review

Had a lovely one night stay . The staff are extremely attentive and very knowledgeable. Excellent food . We had a huge room which was lovely and comfortable... bathroom needed an update though. Could have been improved by providing a dressing table with a mirror and plug so I didn't have to stand or sit on the floor to dry my hair ...unfortunately many hotels are the same . Overall though I would highly recommend!

Toni Gillings — Google review

Lovely service from the beginning to the end. Was a great venue to get ready and relax for my wedding. Food was delicious! Check out was a little chaotic due to others checking out at the same time, however once seen was very easy and short walk to collect the car.

Jasmine Houston — Google review

We experienced our first supper club tonight, after hearing some rave reviews and were not disappointed. A lovely unique underground venue and the service and food were excellent. Not only did we love every dish, but our glasses were never empty and the team were top notch…really ‘on it’, friendly and attentive. A five star evening!

Tori Dexter — Google review

We arrived and was asked if we wanted to upgrade as our room , "nothing special " about the room. Which I though was an odd comment , since spoke to management about this and been resolved.Our room was comfortable and slept very well.We used the bar a few times and walked in to town , as a good locationBreakfast was very nice.Only comment. I feel the reception area is a bit off, a round table in the corner...does not seem very inviting.All the staff seemed nice

Emma metcalfe — Google review

My Father's wedding. Cracking location in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. Will definitely come back especially if I'm passing through or playing music here or near. Beautiful walks in the park close the Angel Hotel. The staff were lovely and super efficient.... Fun was had by all . 11/10 stuff ....Will Fry

Wil Fry — Google review

It would have been 5 stars all the way apart from an unfortunate incident in the bar on Saturday evening when we went for a pre dinner drink. The young lady behind the bar was obviously flustered by how busy the bar was and spoke to my husband in a very derogatory way. More training perhaps?Room was lovely, clean and comfortable, dinner and breakfast fabulous. Service everywhere else impeccable.

Eileen B — Google review

We’ve enjoyed a stay at The Angel Hotel once before , so when we decided on a spontaneous stay in Bury St Edmunds we went straight to the website to see what they had to offer. We stayed in a Classic Room with dinner and breakfast included in the price. As in the past , the food was delicious and the service was very good. We were able to get a parking space , which is always a bonus. We would definitely stay again.

Maria O'Keefe — Google review

Beautiful rooms. Very spacious. Really comfy beds. Breakfast was ok but at that price I thought it would have been a bit better. We had a couple of requests at breakfast which the waitress noted but must have forgotten about...

D W — Google review

My husband and I have visited The Angel Hotel to sip a co*cktail and tour the dining areas as part of our visits with family since 2019. This visit included a stay at The Angel Hotel for 2 nights. Our suite was across from the Abbey where we have walked with our daughter's family. Everything inside the suite was luxurious and lovely! Our breakfast, which we shared with our family members, was delicious and well-prepared both mornings. We hated to leave The Angel Hotel where everyone, staff and visitors, were welcoming and friendly! We will be visiting again & look forward to a well-crafted co*cktail and good food!

Rebecca Schreck — Google review

The 10 best hostels in Bury St. Edmunds (2024)

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St Olaves has the highest crime rate out of Bury St Edmunds's local and nearby wards, with 159 crimes reported per 1,000 daytime population.

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Bury St Edmunds has a pivotal role in the history of the Magna Carta, a charter of liberties on which the American Constitution is based, and American families can often be found in the town to trace their ancestry back to the Barons who made it all happen.

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Bury St Edmunds Market is a fantastic places to sample the county's marvellous local produce. Here, you'll find bread, pastries, pies, cheeses, free-range eggs, fresh fish, meats and fruit and vegetables, all of which have been made, grown or reared locally to the highest of standards.

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The most sought after areas of Bury are Greenmount, Ramsbottom, Elton, Lowercroft, Holcombe, Summerseat, Hawkshaw, Tottington and Walshaw.

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The areas of Bury St Edmunds most at risk of groundwater flooding are Eastgate Street, Barn Lane, Blomfield Street and parts of Vinefields. Parts of Newmarket are also vulnerable to further rainfall, particularly in the areas around the High Street.

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The town is best known for Bury St Edmunds Abbey and St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Bury is the seat of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich of the Church of England, with the episcopal see at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

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