Bury at bottom of the restaurant league

By Andy Lynes

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Business trade map reveals culinary black hole in Lancashire

The Lancashire city of Bury has the lowest concentration of restaurants in the UK, a new survey has reveled. 

The latest edition of Barclays business trade map shows that Bury has just one restaurant per 2276 head of capita or 44% of the national average. By coincidence, the city’s East Anglian namesake Bury St Edmunds has the second lowest concentration with 51% of the national average.  

In contrast, Great Yarmouth has a higher proportion of restaurants at more than twice the national average whilst Camden, which takes in large areas of central London, has almost one restaurant for every 100 people.

Despite being home to Bury black pudding, a product prized by chefs across the country, Michelin has failed to award a star or Bib Gourmand to any restaurant in the city. Bury currently has no restaurants listed in The Good Food Guide, the AA Restaurant Guide or Harden’s. 

“It’s not a cultural thing,” said chef/proprietor David Sexton, who has won a Bib Gourmand for The Waggon​ at nearby Birtle. “We have no problems finding local producers and we use Bury market which has won awards. People in Bury know about food and there’s a healthy restaurant scene.”  

At the time of publication, Bury Metropolitan Council were unavailable for comment.

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