It’s not in the official guidebooks, but we’re almost certain you can’t say you’ve been to Bury St. Edmunds if you haven’t had a Wright’s toastie. Priding itself on a quirky atmosphere, irreverent decor, friendly service & quality ingredients, Wright’s is a favourite noshery for those in the know.
Adam Wright, the creator of Wright’s Cafe built his career in hospitality in London. After more than twenty years of hard work and dedication, Adam and his family decided it was time for a change. In 2017, the Wrights packed up their life in London and moved to a small village just outside Newmarket, finding their forever home in a renovation project that allows the family to make the most of being in the country.
After trading the sparkle of big city lights for a quieter life, the ever-ambitious Adam decided it was time for another challenge. So, he started a toastie stall in the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds. Bringing together some of his favourite things from London-life and top quality ingredients, “Wright’s” was officially born. Specializing in the cheekily named ‘posh cheese toasties’ and a seasonal salad counter, the stall quickly became a market favourite, drawing a loyal crowd from the town and beyond.
As word spread, Wright’s popularity began to outgrow its first home. Not one to be daunted by the need for yet another change, Adam took a leap and set up a permanent café front among the independent stores on the cobbled St Johns street, expanding Wright’s offering to include a range of coffees and baked goods. Wright’s quickly grew a cult-following in the quaint town.
2020 brought a whole set of unforeseen challenges to the hospitality sector. But even in the midst of a global pandemic and economic and political uncertainty, Wright’s pivoted to home deliveries and the loyal fan club (and in-house toastie team) continued to boom. Having rapidly outgrown its much-loved home on St Johns Street towards the end of the year, it was time for one more big move.
Wright’s Café now proudly sits in a prime location in the Bury town center. Although its new spot is significantly larger than the predecessor, the café maintains the same “toastie stall” charm and exceptional quality it is known (and loved) for. Colin the deer even made the move over from St. Johns street to watch over diners as they get their fill of bread and cheese.
It’s without question that Wright’s is establishing itself as a destination eatery in Suffolk. And unsurprisingly, Adam and his team have no intentions of stopping there. Future plans include expanding into evening service featuring draft beer, cocktails, and an all-new menu.
Although the original Wright’s Cafe is happily settled in its new (hopefully forever) home, it has not forgotten its roots. The vintage food truck will soon be available to take toasties on the road again, catering for both public and private events.