Ipswich Restaurants and Dining

(Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK)

Photo of Tudor-style pub in the town centreYou can manage to eat almost anywhere in Ipswich, although restaurants are especially clustered around the town centre and waterfront areas. Ranging from pubs, cafes and fast-food eateries, to upmarket dining venues and bistros suitable for the most demanding of foodies, Ipswich prides itself on good food at affordable prices.

Both St. Nicholas Street and St. Peter's Street are fast becoming something of a gastro quarter in Ipswich, with restaurants here specialising in Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisine. For fine dining, do consider heading just a matter of minutes south of the town, to the acclaimed Suffolk Food Hall, where the Samford Restaurant enjoys views of the River Orwell and prides itself on using seasonal local Suffolk produce, featuring a daily specials board.

Image of the Swallow Belstead Brook Hotel

Where to Eat

The recently revitalised waterfront area of Ipswich is fast becoming quite to place to be seen, with a number of Mediterranean-style cafes, bars and restaurants being located close to the yachts.

During the summer months, many of the eateries around the Haven Marina and Neptune Quay tend to spill out onto the pavements, offering an appealing al fresco dining experience. This has become a very popular spot for lunches, which range from simple filled rolls and salads, to pizzas, pasta and more elaborate dishes.

Picture of local pub, with al fresco tablesLocal pubs in Ipswich are a good alternative to more formal restaurants, and are usually a good deal cheaper. Although many serve traditional meals, such as fish and chips, steaks and Sunday roasts, others are a little fancier in their menu choices.

However, if you crave fine dining in lavish surroundings, then the bistro at Kesgrave Hall on the easterly outskirts of Ipswich will more than meet your expectations, with a theatrical open-plan kitchen allowing you to watch the chefs at work while you eat.