The business on St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, replaces The Snug, which shut in the town earlier this month.
Sharing plates, social dining, great beer, fine wines and cocktails are all on the menu at brand new bar and restaurant The Tavern, which has just opened on St John’s Street in Bury St Edmunds.
Craig and Julie Nichols, who have a long history in the pub industry, partnered with Andrew and Diana Grant in the new venture in the former premises of The Snug, which shut on May 4 this year.
“We got the keys on May 10,” Craig says, “and it’s been non-stop since then. It’s quite nice to sit here and see everything the decorators have done. It’s so much brighter. We’re very excited about it. We think there’s a lot of decent pubs in Bury and a hell of a lot of good places to eat, and we want to combine the two in one place. We’ve got the perfect set up here. The experienced staff are really good, and we’ve got the pub side but also the dining area at the back. We think we can do both and have the best of both worlds.”
Talking about the concept, he adds: “The emphasis is on sharing and creating that homely, welcoming, happy atmosphere. If a group of you and you friends are going out, you can come here, grab a pizza, put it in the middle of the table, listen to music and have a really informal time. That’s really what we wanted to go for.”
As a freehouse The Tavern is able to stock a large range of both local and craft beer, with Craig saying there’s “something for everyone”, from children, to die-hard beer lovers, and wine aficionados (the list has been drawn up with experts Hallgarten Druitt).
“Our main bitter is Adnams Southwold, and we also have Otter Bitter which has been going down a storm on social media. We’ve got eight beers in the cellar and cans of craft like Beavertown Neck Oil, and we have Moretti in bottles and on draft.”
There are 10 cocktails, named after key locations in the town, including The Abbeygate Mojito, and a Turbo G & T, combining pink peppercorn gin, tonic and locally made F+E nitro cold brew coffee.
Now onto the food, served all day from 12noon to 9pm (4pm Sundays) and from 11am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.