Situated in Sudbury, just a few minutes walk away from the main shopping area, you will find The Angel, a charming place to drink and dine no matter what day of the week it is.
Owners Kasia and Paul Bailey have been at the pub for the past four years and have worked hard to create an informal and relaxed dining space that appeals to a range of customers. Paul also runs the well-known Graze Kitchen and Bar in Bury St Edmunds which we have featured in a past edition.
Black beams and open fireplaces were evidence of a long history in the town, and what followed indicated to us that the pub would be a fixture for the foreseeable future, at least.
My guest and I started our meal with some aperitifs, which included exciting cocktails, followed by some warm crusty bread. This is always my favourite way to start a meal, after all what girl doesn’t like a cocktails and carbs.
On this particularly warm evening we ventured outside into the quaint garden area to enjoy our starters, which made a refreshing change to dining inside.
To start I enjoyed the pan-fried scallops, which were so succulent and cooked to perfection, whilst my partner enjoyed some tempura fried chicken strips and after stealing a bite I can tell you this is no KFC!
Gary Farthing is head of the kitchen and has real creative flair. The menu is packed full of character with quirky takes on pub classics. From a re-work of fish and chips, to some more obscure plates. You’ll find a wide range of dishes, all with an Angel twist, such as the oriental pork delight my partner enjoyed for his main course. I on the other hand opted for a fillet steak.
Medium-rare, the fillet was plump and juicy (and locally sourced from Earls Colne), and came complete with onion rings, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and chips.
This traditional dish was executed beautifully and it was plain to see the big smile on my face for the duration of the meal. All the food is freshly prepared on site and ingredients are locally sourced when possible.
After loosening a couple of buttons we attempted dessert.
The frozen rhubarb and custard parfait with caramelised rhubarb was amazing. My partner chose the simpler option of ice cream.
All of our dishes were beautifully plated and it was obvious that the amount of attention that had gone into the presentation made sure the food looked as good as it tasted.
We really enjoyed our evening here from the service to the amazing food and relaxing atmosphere, a little piece of heaven on your doorstep. Bounce gives The Angel a big thumbs up.