Foodie Focus: The best restaurants in Ipswich

There are plenty of wonderful places to enjoy a meal in Ipswich but where are the best ones? Here’s our take on the best restaurants in Ipswich.

At Mollett’s Farm, we are tucked away in the tranquillity and peace of the Suffolk countryside. The quaint, historic and picturesque towns that surround our farm such as Framlingham, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge are heavily mentioned throughout our blog but what about the biggest town is closest to us?

Ipswich may be big but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a huge helping of our Suffolk charm. From the beautiful Christchurch park to the pedestrianised streets and nooks and crannies of the town centre, to it’s massively up and coming, buzzing waterfront, Ipswich has lots to offer.

It’s only 30 minutes drive/taxi from out luxury self-catering accommodation

So, when you’ve finished exploring the town or partaking in a little bit of retail therapy, you’re going to want to know about the best places to eat in Ipswich. And, whether it’s lunch or dinner, you’re in for a tasty treat!

The best restaurants in Ipswich Town Centre

Ipswich town centre is fantastic if you fancy doing a little bit of shopping or exploring. The high street and Buttermarket are choc-full of shops and make sure to keep an eye out for some of the wonderful architecture and ancient churches. But where are the best places to eat in Ipswich town centre?

Aqua Eight

Interior of Aqua Eight Restaurant Ipswich

Those who want to try something a little different must head for Aqua Eight. This chic bar and pan-Asian restaurant, tucked away down a side street just off the market square, is the place to be in Ipswich so keep an eye out for any local celebs! Expect tantalising a la carte dishes such as fried soft-shelled crab with red chilli and curry leaf and roasted duck with mango and passion fruit alongside a fantastic 3 course lunch menu.

At Twenty5

Restaurant Garden At Twenty5 Ipswich Suffolk

Expect a family-friendly vibe and this little Ipswich eatery. The bistro offers very relaxed and casual dining however the service offers a “nothing is too much trouble” attitude. The service alongside the food is what elevates At Twenty5 to above its competitors, expect to enjoy flavoursome dishes with a British/Mediterranean twist such as sun-dried tomato arancini with pesto and pulled pork with sticky plum sauce.


Interior of Takayama Japanese Restaurant Ipswich

Rated the number 1 restaurant in Ipswich for 2019 on Tripadvisor, Takayama is a sushi lovers dream. If you haven’t tried sushi yet – it’s time you did. With a huge range of dishes on the menu at affordable prices alongside a comfortable, tastefully decorated dining space it’s no wonder Takayama is high on locals lists. And don’t worry it’s not all raw fish there’s plenty to choose from such as chicken avocado sushi roll, soft shell crab, or beef teriyaki.

The best restaurants on Ipswich Waterfront

Once a hive of industry, Ipswich Waterfront has undergone a beautiful transformation. What was once the biggest enclosed industrial dock in the UK is now a buzzing cosmopolitan space filled with leisure crafts, chilled cafés and chic restaurants and bars. The waterfront is the place to be on a sunny day or a crisp winter evening where you can relax with a drink and sit and watch the boats bob up and down in the water. But where are the best places to eat on Ipswich Waterfront?

The Waterfront Bistro

View from the window of the Waterfront Bistro Ipswich Suffolk

The Aptly named Waterfront Bistro is a large and often buzzing venue filled with chic charm, vaulted ceilings and stunning views out over the marina. The philosophy of the Waterfront Bistro is a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where you can eat some great food, and we agree. Expect to see delicious dishes such as curried monkfish and Suffolk chicken with boulangère potatoes.

Isaacs on the Quay

Isaacs on the Quay Ipswich Suffolk

A building filled with original features, nooks and crannies, Isaacs was once the trading hub for the whole of the town and can trace its lineage as far back as medieval times. Now refurbished with its 4 individual bars and huge courtyard Isaacs offers a superbly vibrant atmosphere with live music, sports and events. They even keep the courtyard alive in the winter months with stylish winter domes. If you’re looking for hearty high-quality pub grub, then Isaacs offers a huge array of dishes to enjoy whilst you relax with a drink.

Mariners 1900

Interior of the Mariners 1900 Ipswich

If you’re on the Ipswich Marina and you’re looking to enjoy a truly special dining experience, then look no further than the Mariners. Instead of dining with a view over the marina why not dine in it. The Mariners Restaurant is located on the Amuda a renovated 1899 sailing boat. The wood-lined interior of the restaurant offers a classic feel while the contemporary dining style brings wonderful flavours and a fantastic experience. Expect to taste wonderful dishes such as beef wellington and venison with cranberry.

Whilst there are plenty more fantastic restaurants in Ipswich and the surrounding area, we believe that the ones in this list really stand out and showcase the type of places you can really enjoy after a long day of exploring the town of Ipswich.

Once you’re relaxed, merry and suitably full. You can come back to the peace and tranquillity of our luxury Granary Cottages and Stables Studios for a cosy night’s sleep before heading out on your next adventure.

Don’t forget, our blog is full of fantastic things to do on the Suffolk Coast, so make sure to take a read and get planning.

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