BURY ST EDMUNDS – NOT BURIED YET

Possible law-breaking, now, as we leave the county (just) for some essential shopping. Do that in Renfrewshire and you’ll be attacked with a battered haggis Mars Bar.

Technically I’m safe buying my aubergines from Bury St Edmunds in Tesco as it has a slightly lower Covid rate than our own village. The sign at Junction 42 of the A14 saying “Cambs Plague Carriers Go Home” is surely a joke.

I’d dragged the family out to Bury for a short walk round the town and some street food.

Half the middle-classes of Bury (approx 13,711) had the same idea, so we did the walk first, up and down the six lanes leading out from the market place.

The Nutshell (top) had been serving folk outdoors until Lockdown, the Spoons could absorb all the 18-21 year olds in Bury inside (and frequently did).

Lots of folk walking around forlornly, dozens of cafes attempting to make a living selling takeaway lattes.

We admired the beams.

Well, obviously I did; Mrs RM and James were bored stiff and used the tiny patter of rain to plead for a return to the car.

To be fair, I can’t really expect a 21 year old to be interested in brewery maltings and outbuildings.

Or views to churches.

By 1pm he was hungry.

As I’m all heart I offered to queue for the Japanese food while they headed back to the car.

At 1pm there was no queue, but over the next half hour I realised with horror that I was Number 71 and the folk returning to get their Katsu curry and Meal Sets were only Number 58. They’d probably been off to have their tea while they waited for their lunch. Life has slowed down these last 8 months, not always for the better.

It was pretty good, and freshly cooked, and would have been ideally washed down with a pint of Abbot from the Nutshell.

Another for the To Do list, then.

14 thoughts on “BURY ST EDMUNDS – NOT BURIED YET

  1. Bury looks pretty nice in the rain. Pretty amazing if they started the day anywhere near the number one on the serving count. Not a bad days work I would imagine.

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  2. Since reading your blogs & enjoying the photos,i have been entertaining my humble gaggle of Facebook chums with pics of churches & other random views that I find entertaining -I don’t get huge amounts of feedback but churches look so lovely -we have some beauts around here.My biggest fan is a lady of over 80 who likes everything I post,which is nice

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  3. I like Bury as a town, even though Mrs PBT’s and I got lost there once, walking back through the abbey grounds.

    I know you’re not a fan of brewery visits Martin, but the tour around the Greene King plant is really good. It comes highly recommended, even if you’re not much of a fan of the company’s beers.

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    1. I like towns where you can get lost !

      Breweries bore me, it’s just beer. I’d be happy to go straight to a tap room and sample their beer at source, like I did at Banks’s. Sadly, the Greene King cafe at the brewery is a bit dull.

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      1. ah but the brewery tour at Greene King takes you to the roof of the brewery, where you get a lovely 360 view of Bury and the surrounding area which as Bury seems to have successfully blocked any building of modern skyscrapers or anything above 3 or 4 storeys it seems, is still quite unique. I havent done it since they opened the cafe (notably still in the GBG) as they used to take you to staff pub across the road.

        But you just missed St Edmunds day, who is patron saint of pandemics & plagues,as well as Suffolk thesedays, interesting fact about the Nutshell is they had to start serving people outside because the last batch of Covid rules for pubs opening the inside was too small for anyone but the barman to be allowed, though I suspect it might struggle if pubs reopen again till the weather warms up, which is a shame because I still think its one of the best places in Bury to try a GK IPA and at least tends to have more normal opening hours than some pubs there.

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  4. “and you’ll be attacked with a battered (haggis) Mars Bar.”

    Better than a Doom Bar! 🙂

    “The sign at Junction 42 of the A14 saying “Cambs Plague Carriers Go Home” is surely a joke.”

    In the photo below, do those numbers change in real time? Kinda like votes? 😉

    “the Spoons could absorb all the 18-21 year olds in Bury inside (and frequently did).”

    🙂

    “Well, obviously I did; Mrs RM and James were bored stiff and used the tiny patter of rain to plead for a return to the car.”

    My eldest to this day still tells us how bored he was went to Coombs and got to the infamous goats on the roof.

    “To be fair, I can’t really expect a 21 year old to be interested in brewery maltings and outbuildings.”

    Steady on!

    “By 1pm he was hungry.”

    Probably for the third time that day. 😉

    “but over the next half hour I realised with horror that I was Number 71 and the folk returning to get their Katsu curry and Meal Sets were only Number 58. ”

    Yikes!

    “It was pretty good, and freshly cooked, and would have been ideally washed down with a pint of Abbot from the Nutshell.”

    Ah… simple pleasures.

    Cheers

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