A few weeks ago (nearly a month!?) at the end of June, Ollie and I had a long weekend out of London. The weekend was a mix of some wedding stuff – we had our engagement shoot on a beach up in Norfolk (more on that in a moment) and it was also my 30th, so spent time with family celebrating. To kick the weekend off, we started the long weekend with a wonderful night in The Angel, Bury St Edmunds. All the way from Angel, N1 to The Angel, Bury St Edmunds….
The hotel itself is totally stunning from the outside to the inside – I meant to take a photo of the ivy-covered exterior when we left but totally forgot in all the ‘trying to get Monty and luggage into car’ chaos. The hotel is overlooking the Bury St Edmunds Abbey and Abbey Gardens so a lovely view (even on a bit of a grey day).
The room we were in was so stunning in a real ‘statement’ way. With the metallic turquoise print wall paper, elaborate white furniture combined with bright pink curtains and cushion details. It’s one of those design things that in theory looks really in your face in not such a good way, in practice – I was taking notes so I could decorate my own future home like this. The bed was also big enough for about 3-4 people (if that floats your boat) which probably explains why this was the room Russell Brand apparently stayed in previously…
Also, the bathroom has the amazing copper bath tub – which looked amazing but I didn’t have time to make use of. Opting for showers for the sake of time – I do love that the hotel was stocked with the same Temple Spa products as in The Dormy, including the balm that I fell in love with.
Also, this was Monty’s first stay in a hotel – and have to say she was amazing. I think she’s developing a taste for lovely hotels….just like me!
Whilst at the hotel we had a lovely dinner in the Eaterie restaurant – I had a scallop starter (amazing) and Ollie went for Tuna. His was good, but think he had a bit of food envy over mine – which really was delicious. Then I opted for the specials fish and chips, and he went for the steak, both so yummy (especially the chips). The food was really good, but I do have to say the service was the thing that really stood out – so friendly and perfectly attentive without being at all overbearing. Really made for a lovely meal and kicked our weekend away off perfectly.
In the morning we had our breakfast in the more casual lounge area as it meant we could take Monty with us. The Angel is wonderfully dog friendly (we saw another pooch whilst we were there too) and allows dogs in rooms etc, but they cant go in the main restaurant (fair enough) but you do always have the option to eat in the lounge so can be totally flexible. It was a lovely relaxed setting to eat breakfast whilst we planned to kick off the journey to Wells Next The Sea for our engagement photoshoot and a visit to Holt, for a tasting of some of our potential wedding food.
The poached eggs were cooked perfectly by the way… there’s not much that annoys me more than an overcooked poached egg and these were spot on.
Then, up in Norfolk we got to give Monty her first taste (quite literally by the look of it) of the beach… I think she liked it.
One thing, that might sound silly to some – but was a little bit special to me. Was the the fact that Bury St Edmunds was actually the town where I was born, it wasn’t where I lived growing up – but I was born there. So there was something a bit special about being there almost exactly 30 years to the day since I was born. Maybe that’s just me and my sentimental side or something… but it really felt like the perfect place to start the long weekend and I wholeheartedly hope to go back as it’s a wonderful hotel, with lovely food and perfectly relaxed. I never thought I would say this, but I’m a big fan of a UK break now – I used to think a holiday/break only counted if abroad! But there’s something so relaxing about getting away in the UK. Definitely something I want to do more often.
Oh, and another thing I haven’t mentioned as I didn’t have any photos of – the hotel also has a fab bar down in the basement called Wingspan – the whole bar feels really intimate and cosy as it’s made up of little tucked away nooks and crannies as it’s part of the secret tunnels that run under Bury St Edmunds and I believe used to run into the Abbey itself. The bar itself is half an airplane engine. So even if you’re not staying at the hotel then pay the bar a visit – it’s totally unique and would be perfect for a cosy date!
For more on The Angel, Bury St Edmunds: The Angel Hotel Website
I was a guest of The Angel, Bury St Edmunds