Bury is packed with things to do, places to see and exciting local foods to eat. It's home to the famous market and the East Lancs Railway, and its Cultural Quarter is packed with museums, including the art gallery as well as the transport museum. Head to the sculpture centre to see work by artists from across the world or visit The MET for a packed programme of live events. Don't forget to try one of the famous local black puddings and enjoy local walks in the rolling countryside after a good meal at one of Bury's restaurants.
You'll find a wide range of high quality restaurants in Bury, with cuisines spanning European through to American and Asian. There's a large migrant community from Bangladesh and Pakistan, and this heritage is reflected in the excellent range of curry houses – including Shahbaaz Curry Cottage, which has been a firm favourite with the locals since the mid-Nineties. Look out for unusual house specials such as the begum bahar marinated chicken, with minced beef and a sour, hot sauce. Asia Lounge in the town centre is also highly recommended, and the Palak Chicken Tikka Special is one of the chef's most highly requested dishes.
Lancashire and Greater Manchester both have rich and complex food histories that have led to many local dishes and specialities that can still be found at traditional restaurants in Bury, as well as at cafes and gastropubs. The town may be best known for its black pudding, but Bury simnel cake is also a traditional dish and it's perfect when you want a sweet treat with a hot drink for your elevenses. Look out for plenty of locally-sourced speciality ingredients on the menu too, as many of the eateries here choose to partner with local suppliers for their kitchen in order to understand the provenance and sustainability of each ingredient.
Visitor numbers swell at Bury's restaurants when there are special events on in the town – and there are plenty of them! The 1940's weekend is very popular on the East Lancashire Railway, and the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival really draws in foodies from across the county and beyond. There is also the Night Light event for families, as well as various music festivals to enjoy. Many of the restaurants in Bury put on special menus and deals when there are major events on, but just remember that demand will rocket with the extra numbers to accommodate. Avoid any disappointment by booking a table in advance with Quandoo!