Places to eat and drink Ipswich and Beyond

The centre of Ipswich features a variety of establishments serving good food and thirst quenching beers and wine, but it is sometimes difficult to find an establishment that is not a tourist trap serving overpriced and badly served meals.

Why not try the authentic truly delicious cuisine favoured by locals. From fine dining, luxury speakeasies coupled with stunning views, to quick bites, traditional pubs and restaurants and budget eat, there is an Ipswich restaurant to suit everyone. So, if you’re looking to eat your way through the town and beyond, check out some of these best places to eat and drink.

Here is a list of just a fraction of the many places in Ipswich where you can both enjoy a delicious meal and wash it down with some of the best beers, wines and cocktails that Ipswich has to offer.

A quick side note for prospective diners: locals usually make reservations at popular restaurants in Ipswich, especially during peak times, so we advise you to book a table ahead of time or try to visit before the dinner rush!

Mariners Restaurant

Floating restaurant on Ipswich’s water front, where you can enjoy your meal in peace and in the environment of the deck on a renovated boat. Dinner on board by night is the ideal place for romantic moments for two or for warm family gathering or business dinners at which you want to make a good impression. The restaurant boasts a “unique and intriguing mix of international styles and flavours set in the nautical splendour of a retired Belgium gunboat”

Bistro on the Quay

Situated on Ipswich waterfront, Bistro on the Quay is housed in a former salt warehouse which overlooks the marina.Their aim is to “serve excellent food and wine at sensible prices in a relaxed and friendly dining room”. The Bistro is within walking distance from Stonelodge and many famous sights and tourist spots which you can easily connect with a stroll through the charming and historic neighbourhood. makes use of fresh ingredients sourced from renowned local suppliers. The Bistro is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and the famous Tuesday Supper Special! You can also ask for our daily lunch specials or from the A la carte menu and special dietary needs can be catered for on request. Link to their website

Isaac’s on the Quay

Isaac’s is located on the popular Ipswich waterfront. The site is situated in Grade I and Grade II listed buildings that dates back to the Tudors and is popular for eating, drinking and having fun. There is live music once a week and regular sporting events. With fourteen different rooms and a courtyard this venue is a popular all year round attraction for visitors. In 2019 Isaac’s had it’s first Oktoberfest and is host to many destination events throughout the year. With four bars, a Coffee Tavern serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and a food menu offering a wide choice, customers can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat while enjoying the stunning views of the moored boats while taking in the historical features of the buildings, with parts dating back to the early 15th century.

Cumberland Fish Bar Woodbridge

If you fancy a pleasant simple bite to eat then farther a field we recommend this popular fish bar. You wont be disappointed with their truly fabulous freshly cooked fish and chips and to top it all, you can enjoy a glass of wine too in their restaurant next door.

Known for serving fresh, succulent fish encased in a light, crispy batter along with fluffy, golden chips, at Cumberland Street Fish & Chip Bar in Woodbridge you will find a small restaurant indoors, with a bar serving wines, beers and spirits, should you wish to enjoy a tipple and eat your food from on a plate rather than in paper!

It’s certainly a surprise to find a fish and chip shop open on a Sunday and on a nice warm day you’ll be able to sit outside the shop and enjoy your fish dish while life in this pretty riverside town goes on all around you.

Suffolk Food Hall

Home to the Award-Winning farm shop and restaurant The Cook House.

The Food Hall offers an artisan bakery, a full craft butchery, an efficient fishmonger take away service as well as ordering service, a full deli counter full of cheese and homemade delights, a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, a garden centre and a home department, and of course plenty of food delights from Suffolk and beyond and last but not least a fresh greengrocer.

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river. Part of the Suffolk Food Hall emporium underneath the Orwell Bridge, the Cookhouse is bistro in style focusing on local produce and seasonal recipes; making it ideal for a full breakfast menu served daily, delicious freshly prepared lunch, a celebratory dinner, Sunday brunch… and more.

Set in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the Suffolk Coast, visitors enjoy stunning views of the River Orwell. The Cookhouse building also hosts commercial production kitchens for a range of food and drink artisans and you enjoy a coffee in the very popular café.

The Cookhouse is busy most days of the week so booking is advisable. The setting and the style of food makes Afternoon Tea a popular choice although a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for the full spread, as it’s all baked from scratch.


Fine dining and home to an array of luxury Gins overlooking the views of Neptune Marina, this family run restaurant is stylish with it’s sail-like canopy atop the roof. Aurora offers modern British cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. With glass stretching round on three sides, it’s the view that speaks volumes here and attention has been paid not to décor but to creating mood and tone, which makes for a relaxed setting.

The bar has plenty of seating for pre and post dinner chatting or an evening glass of wine. The main restaurant area is upstairs, with the kitchen pass visible, bringing instant buzz to the room. A fabulous setting in a location that’s easy to get to and park at. Well worth a visit if you want to splash out and treat the one you love to good food and striking views.


Family run Asian restaurant located in the heart of Ipswich delivers exquisite and authentic Asian flavours paired with great service and years of experience from the Vietnamese owners. Trongs enticing cuisine of the Orient is well made and mouthwatering with a pleasant dining atmosphere and excellent service. It’s not the cheapest but the quality speaks for itself! This eatery has a good reputation from service to portion size and the quality of food, with a large selection of dishes on offer.

Cosy Club

From breakfast to light salads and comfort foods, this eccentric restaurant and bar situated in the Buttermarket Shopping centre in Ipswich town, features relaxed dining and drinking in a very special setting. The restaurant’s menu features both Mediterranean and local fare and offers a vegan and/or gluten free option. Bruch is a naturally social meal and a great way to make your dining experience distinct. So why not try the Cosy’Club Brunch menu which is served until 5pm and for customers who have food allergies, Cosy Club offer a good Allergen Matrix guide.

The Forge Kitchen

For something a little different,why not indulge in this No frills simple plates food cooked over smoke and fire Smokehouse and bar with unique gin cocktails. You the customer chooses exactly what goes on your plate. The Forge Kitchen have a fantastic reputation for their delicious freshly grilled food! There is a selection of menus to choose from; Main menu, Breakfast Menu, Drinks, Flatbread and Puddings – you really will be spoilt for choice with the selection of mouth watering dishes at The Forge Kitchen. At the bar, a selection of seasonal and smoked cocktails, craft beers and hand-picked wines.

Jimmy”s Farm – The Restaurant

This once-derelict 100-acre farm has been transformed by Jimmy Doherty into a destination for foodies and families alike. The television presenter first appeared on our screens in the programme Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk and is one of the UK’s best known farms made famous by the BBC series, which has successfully diversified to become a top tourist attraction for the region.

This rare breed’s farm is home to ponies, donkey’s, chickens and much more and visitors can feed the animals using the bags of food available.

If you feel like dining in, Jimmy’s Farm Restaurant serves fresh farm produce in dishes such as Saddleback pork belly, free-range bronze turkey and ham pie and rare roast steak and pickled vegetables – you can even savour the rustic flavours alfresco in Jimmy’s Field Kitchen at the weekend if the weather’s fine.

The on-site shop stocks a wide variety of the farm’s produce such as condiments – including ketchup and apple sauce – and, of course, top-quality home-grown meat. Head to the dedicated butcher’s counter and treat yourself to the famous bangers such as the Ipswich Super Blue Pork or the Pork Apple & Suffolk Cider varieties or a barbecue pack, which contains chicken kebabs, a range of sausages, peppered pork steak, beef burgers and ribs – everything you need for the perfect summer cook-out.

George at Hintlesham

Traditional Pub and modern restaurant only 5 miles from Ipswich town centre. The food is good standard pub grub, reasonably priced – a good place to eat rather than dine. If you wish to spend an evening enjoying homemade cuisine, don’t miss out on George Hintlesham where the prime concerned is with preparing wholesome honest food. If you are a routine type of person and prefer dishes you already know, you can bet that the quality of their set menu will always be on par. The menu is a decent size and small plates are also available which means that there is something for everyone.

Vineyard tours and Wine Tasting Farther Afield

Wine lovers will love discovering new English varieties in one of the warmest regions in the country. And the great thing is, experts are on hand to ensure you get to sample the best around. Coupled with great scenery, you’ll get more than you bargained for on a wine tour to Suffolk.

Shotley Vineyard

The Shotley Vineyard is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) overlooking both the river Orwell and the river Stour. The vineyard hadn’t been tended for a few years. The winter pruning commenced in January 2018 in readiness for a 2018 crop. Bacchus grapes which have been given the accolade of the Sauvignon Blanc of the UK are being grown, as well as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for a sparkling wine.

Giffords Hall Vineyard

Take a tour at Giffords Hall Vineyard and not only will the wine impress. If its location in the scenic Upper Stour Valley isn’t beauty enough for you, venture a little further and you’ll be transfixed by the picturesque ‘wool towns’ of Suffolk where a visit to a gallery, antique shop or historic house is compulsory. If with a group of friends, why not join the Grand Tour and learn about grape varieties and how wine is produced, followed by a well-deserved tasting of handpicked wines and liqueurs.

Dedham Vale Vineyard

The vineyard has been producing outstanding wine from its 40-acre estate for over 25 years. Lying on the edge of the Dedham Vale AONB and the Stour Valley at Boxted, on the Suffolk/Essex border, the vineyard grows and produces six styles of award-winning English wine and Carter’s Cider. The vineyard is open to explore all-year-round with free entry to the vineyard with self-guided tours. For those keen to develop their knowledge, guided tours are available between March and November, with Grand Tours costing from £25pp which includes a delicious lunch in the Tasting Barn.

Wyken Vineyards

For a shopping, eating and wine experience rolled into one, Wyken Vineyard is hard to beat. It’s welcoming and stylish homeware shop has carefully selected crafts, clothes, books and household goods. It’s renowned restaurant, The Leaping Hare, is effortlessly stylish, as is its food, and as you would expect offers a great selection of wine, straight from the vineyard. Their sparkling wine Moonshine won ‘The East Anglian Wine of the Year’ in 2017!