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We join the taco fever at TACOR - Bury St Edmunds’ new taqueria





Taco fever has hit Bury St Edmunds.

I suppose it’s no surprise that, in the foodie capital of Suffolk, TACOR, which operates out of the garden at The Beerhouse, in Tayfen Road, has taken the town by storm.

Myself and two of my friends, Jacob and Ellen, headed down on Saturday to join the madness.

TACOR is found by The Beerhouse in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Cameron Reid
TACOR is found by The Beerhouse in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Cameron Reid

Even though TACOR only starts serving at 5.30pm, I cannot say I was surprised that we struggled to find a table when we arrived just after 6pm, so we snagged one in the far corner beside one of The Beerhouse’s lovely booths.

Immediately we sent Jacob to join the already out-of-the-door queue while Ellen and I discussed what we should have.

Fairly soon we decided we should sample pretty much everything, albeit there would have been more if it wasn’t for one of the lamb barbecoa specials selling out.

After raising more than £26,000 via a Kickstarter earlier this year, Hannah Gregory (right) had been busy preparing the new taqueria for the last few months. Picture: Hannah Gregory
After raising more than £26,000 via a Kickstarter earlier this year, Hannah Gregory (right) had been busy preparing the new taqueria for the last few months. Picture: Hannah Gregory

Ordering everything at once, we started with some purple heirloom corn tortilla chips (£4) with a pom pico dip (£3), and the masa fried nugs with habanero mayo (£11.50).

Then to follow, Jacob and I both opted for the sea tacos (£16), while Ellen went for the land version (£15), alongside some elotes for the other two (£7).

TACOR uses a system where you take a pager with you back to your table after ordering, which then goes off like crazy when your food is ready.

The purple heirloom tortilla chips (£4) with pom pico (£3) at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds
The purple heirloom tortilla chips (£4) with pom pico (£3) at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds

The three of us settled back down at our table as we awaited our turn to tuck into the tempting tacos, hearing receivers going off left, right and centre around us and seeing others walk back with Hannah Gregory’s fabulous creations.

After a short while our pager went off for the first time, and Jacob came back with the openers. The way they looked, those tortilla chips and nuggets were going to be gone very quickly.

And last they did not. The nuggets were incredibly tender and punchy, and the habanero mayo gave a welcome kick. Jacob is not normally one for spice, but he ploughed on through the pain because they were just that good. My only complaint – I want more.

The masa fried nugs with habanero mayo at Tacor, in Bury St Edmunds (£11.50)
The masa fried nugs with habanero mayo at Tacor, in Bury St Edmunds (£11.50)

TACOR uses fresh pomegranate seeds for its pom pico, which it says is a ‘twist on the classic’. It was incredibly refreshing and a beautiful accompaniment; the chips themselves were very moreish and a great way to start.

So with those gone in a matter of minutes (or perhaps seconds), we were ready for these tacos to arrive.

And weren’t we happy bunnies when they did. There are three tacos per serving, with the main filling suitably garnished and sat on a gently crisped corn tortilla.

The sea tacos at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds
The sea tacos at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds

For myself and Jacob, this consisted of deep fried coconut prawns alongside diced fresh mango, crema and pink onions. My goodness, those prawns were so outrageously tender and delightful, they must be some of the best I have ever tasted. Wrapped up together with the garnish, it was incredible. I could only suggest some more hot sauce to give it a proper kick.

Ellen’s land taco consisted of marinated pork shoulder which Tacor slow cooks in banana leaves, herbs and spices, and garnished with salsa roja. She said they were sumptuously tender and succulent, with a healthy porky flavour.

Myself, I’m not a fan of corn on the cob. Good job the elotes (rolled in chipotle cream and parmesan and finished off with some cheese, micro and cori) came in twos then. Jacob and Ellen devoured them, with Ellen adding they were an ‘11 out of 10’ and she would return just for those.

The land tacos at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds
The land tacos at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds
The elotes at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds (£7)
The elotes at TACOR, in Bury St Edmunds (£7)

As far as I’m aware, TACOR sold out completely for the second consecutive time that night, and it is easy to see why.

My advice, get there as early as you dare.