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“Distinctive Sunday Lunch”
Review of The Cadogan Arms

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The Cadogan Arms
Ranked #17 of 53 Bury St Edmunds B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 November 2013

The pub Sunday Lunch can be a little tedious, and predictable. The Cadogan has a slightly different take. Charge a bit more, offer a better product with some welcome variations, and provide that " I enjoyed that feeling"
The food really is good. Forget the 3 roast Sunday lunch with tired vegetables. The meat is cooked to perfection, the vegetable have a unique twist, and the deserts are equally distinctive. Some good beers (from their own brewery).
My only (minor) criticism is the service. The average age of the front end must be about 25. In fairness the guy at the bar was well informed about the beers and the menu but the waitresses , although polite and efficient, did no that've that pizz-az.
With the quality of the food, this place could aim much higher but, to do that, they need an assertive "front of house". Such an investment would enable them to increase their prices ( should I be saying this ?) and move them up into a higher league.
Check it out and make up your own mind. You've little to lose

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

A great discovery
I booked this room at the last minute and got a good deal as we were just travelling through,but we were very pleasantly surprised, and delighted, at our room.
We decided to go down for a dinner, and a glass of wine, and again was really pleased with the service and food. We felt a little underdressed as we hadn't expected to go down to dinner, as we were going to go into town for something to eat as we were both tired for a long drive, so it was an advantage not to go out. We felt we had the same service as those that had made an effort to get dressed for dinner, it was nice and relaxing, and we enjoyed the atmosphere.
All the staff were really polite, and professional, and if I had to make one really picky comment at all,it would be that the drinking glasses in our room were dirty, when you held them up you could see lipstick on the sides. Everything else was quality in our room.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We arrived just before 9pm after a day trip to London, not sure if the kitchens would still be open.
The welcome was warm and we were shown to a table.
Our meal was excellent the waitress charming. We ate salmon and mussels on crushed potatoes and spinach, fantastic or feather blade steak also great.
The desserts were simply gorgeous.
Would return again and recomend to all

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Used The Cadogan Arms for food only twice whilst on business in Bury St Edmunds for a week. Not a huge menu but enough to choose from for me. Service was good and staff friendly and attentive on both occasions. Food was cooked to perfection and came out fresh and hot. Be aware that the Sunday evening menu is quite small with not much to choose from. Might be an idea too book in advance Fridays and Saturdays as was very busy when we used it on a Friday evening. Would definitely use again if in the Bury St Edmunds area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Richieh
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

I stayed at the Cadogan on a recent Friday evening and was anticipating disturbed sleep - Friday night in a pub can't be quiet, right?
To be fair to the Cadogan the pub noise doesn't make it through to the rooms at all, well it didn't last Friday anyway.
The rooms are spacious and clean, fairly well appointed, couldn't find Wi-Fi which was a bit disappointing.
However the main drawback for the rooms in the Cadogan is light and noise intrusion.
They really should reposition their security lights, especially those outside the room named "Henry". That or provide proper balckout curtains, and make sure that those are big enough to fully cover the window - unlike those currently in use.
Other guests complained of traffic noise intrusion but I didn't really notice this too much.
Service is helpful, cheery and efficient especially in the bar where you ought to try their in-house brew. It's a Pale Ale and very tasty it is too.
A bit pricey for a single, but then again where isn't?
Breakfast was excellent!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank TMcMurray_12
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I stayed at The Cadogan Arms just for one night midweek on a business trip. I was really pleasantly surprised. The place is well decorated and has a nice feel about it, the room itself was nicely done with good quality sheets, fluffy white towels and big comfy pillows.
The quality of the food was excellent, i really liked the menu options and there was a strong sense of locality and seasonality, backed up by a tempting specials board, you really get the sense that the Chef cares about what he / she is doing. Staff are also especially good, the two guys on duty seemed really on the ball and eager to please.
Chorizo Scotch Egg was delicious and I could have probably eaten about three of them.
Is there a better flavour than a Rare Rib-Eye steak cooked over a proper chargrill?? This certainly didn't disappoint and the hand cut chips were perfectly crispy and fluffy. I asked for a side of Autumn 'Slaw and it was delicious.
My only comments on this place would be the attention to detail that can really easily be resolved, and to be honest would have been caught with a little care. Spelling mistakes on menu's is an absolute pet-hate of mine, along with incorrect grammar, the lack of punctuation and to top it all off the menu had tea and coffee stains all over it. they are only printed out on card, just reprint some new ones when they get a bit tatty, and please deploy the spell-check on your laptop before hitting CTRL + P.
Replace the bulbs that have blown, and maybe think about repositioning the light switch upstairs when going through the second door towards The Edward room as you have to walk down the corridor in darkness.
Other than that this is a great little place and deserves to do well, dare I say it you could even increase the room rate by 5%

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We stopped going out for Sunday lunch because the experience was almost universally so mediocre, cheap and cheerful.
We were however optimistic about our visit to the Cadogan as the price was anything but cheap; and we were not disappointed. A very good plateful, if the properly pink roast sirloin had been a bit more tender it would have been 5 stars. As it was the excellent roast potatoes, varied vegetables, great Yorkshire, and a jug of extra gravy all combined into a good meal. And with excellent service.
We hope to return to sample their daily menu.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Berdewelle
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Address: The Street | Ingham, Bury St Edmunds IP31 1NG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Bury St Edmunds
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Bury St Edmunds
Price Range: £40 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cadogan Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We know that not everyone wants the same thing. You might want a pint of local real ale at the bar… A bottle of wine and a grazing board on the sofas… A meal in the dining room… A really good coffee with a read of the paper… To rest your head the night before an important business meeting… A relaxing weekend break only 4 miles from Bury St Edmunds… Take your pick. ... more   less 
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