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Ipswich Guide To Food & Drink

Discover a great range of local places to eat and drink

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If you are looking for a full English breakfast, a light lunch, or a sumptuous evening meal, Ipswich has a great range of cafes, pubs and restaurants serving quality foods with excellent customer service. If it’s great real Ale you’re after, we’ve included the Ipswich Public House awarded the national winner of the best Cask Beer Pub 2013. And we couldn’t forget the annual Beer Festival which takes place at Ipswich Waterfront – we’ve tagged it to the end of the list.

Alaturka Turkish Restaurant

alaturka turkish restaurant

Address: 9 Great Colman Street, Ipswich, IP4 2AA

Telephone: 01473 233448

Description: Traditional Turkish cuisine, in modern surroundings. If you are looking for freshly prepared authentic Turkish meals along with good customer service then Alaturka is a restaurant to add to your list. Turkish food in the Ipswich area used to be restricted to kebab shops, but fortunately now we have Alaturka Restaurant. The restaurant opened in 2011 and is already established as a fantastic and popular eatery in the town. Alaturka has received a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating, in fact the restaurant was voted Independent Business of the Year 2014! Once you visit it’s easy to see why the high praise has come pouring in.

Additional Information: Open 7 days a week from 12 noon.

Aqua Eight

aqua eight pan asian restaurant

Address: 8 Lion Street, Ipswich, IP1 1DQ

Telephone: 01473 218989

Description: Fine dining with a mix of Asian influences Aqua Eight is a real gem, set right in the centre of Ipswich. Offering the highest standards in customer service, matched with excellent cuisine, and a restaurant setting that parallels their restaurants in London and Cambridge. The restaurant has all the qualities of a high end restaurant, it’s smart and stylish, the staff are well-trained and professional, and the atmosphere is lively and upbeat. Aqua Eight hosts live music and DJ events each month, featuring a variety of genre’s including; soul, funk, dance, jazz and swing acts, so you’re sure to have an exciting evening out, with fantastic food, cocktails and music.

Additional Information: Open Tuesday to Saturday, lunch times from 12 noon, evenings from 6pm. Open Sundays from 5.30pm.

Grand Central

grand central restaurant

Address: 12 Regatta Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1FH

Telephone: 01473 213985

Description: Grand Central is an American Diner in Ipswich. Located on the scenic Ipswich Waterfront and only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. Grand Central are enthusiastic about American cuisine and offer some impressive American-inspired dishes. Chicken wings, burgers, steaks, fajitas, fish etc all with an American twist. They also have a large range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages behind the bar. There is also great entertainment for the family, a cinema screen showing movies throughout the day and boards games available for use from behind the bar. Grand central is the perfect venue for any occasion with rooms that can be hired out for private functions.

Additional Information: Open Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm, Friday 10am – 11pm, Saturday 9am – 11pm, Sunday 9am -10pm

Maharani Indian Restaurant

maharani indian restaurant

Address: 46 Norwich Road, Ipswich, IP1 2NJ

Telephone: 01473 232266

Description: Maharani won Caterer of the year East of England Region and was in the top 100 British Curry Restaurants in the British Curry Awards. It certainly lives up to expectations and you can see for yourself why when visiting this amazing Indian restaurant. The restaurant is located opposite Coes near the town centre, the owner has over 30 years’ experience in the restaurant and takeaway sector and it certainly shown through the delicious dishes they serve. The Mahrani keep the menu fresh by having specials nights on Thursdays and Sundays, offering great deals. Certainly one of the best Indian Restaurants in the area, proven by its accolades.

Additional Information: Open times: Evenings – open every day – 5:30pm to 11:30pm and Lunchtimes – open Sat/Sun – 12noon to 2pm

Suffolk Food Hall

ipswich food hall

Address: Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AB

Telephone: 01473 786610

Description: Suffolk Food Hall offers you the best in food and drink – a food hall, home and garden centre, a café and a Cookhouse restaurant – your ultimate food and drink heaven! Using local produce and seasonal recipes, eating at the Cookhouse is always a pleasure. And what’s more, the restaurant is situated on the banks of the River Orwell. The views from the restaurant are amazing – don’t take our word for it, visit and see for yourself. The Suffolk Food Hall is also host to many workshops throughout the year such as art and cookery courses and can be hired out for private dining and corporate events.

Additional Information: Open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 8.30am to 10.30pm, and Sunday 9am to 4.30pm

The Dove Street Inn

dove street inn ipswich

Address: 76 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 2LA

Telephone: 01473 211270

Description: Winner of the Great British Pub Awards Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2013 The Dove Inn is widely regarded in Ipswich as a real favourite for real ale. Serving wooden barrels, Speciality Ales, English and Foreign bottles, ciders, as well as wines and spirits, the Dove Inn is a popular and lively bar with great atmosphere. Only a short walk from Ipswich town centre, bus routes and a taxi rank. Homemade meals such as chicken curry and beef and ale pie are served as well as hot and cold snacks. Food is served all day, every day. A really great pub with a friendly atmosphere in a perfect location if you are visiting Ipswich.

Additional Information: Open seven days a week, 12 noon to midnight (closing at 11pm on Sunday)

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