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Best of Ipswich

50 Best Places, Apparently
Slipped within the 22 July 2001 edition of the Independent on Sunday newspaper was, at least in the East Anglia region, a colour supplement entitled Best Of Ipswich, "the top 50 places to go to in Ipswich". I got my copy, and I thought you might like to see what it had to say.

Entries were put in half-a-dozen categories, such as bars and cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops, as listed below. I've added comments as I see fit, leaving their original comments in quotes.


  • Violet's Tea Room
    — tea as it should be served
  • The Brewery Tap
    — "very well kept...relaxed atmosphere...staple pub grub"
  • Berridges
    — have a refined lunch above the jewellers, if you can get a table
  • Pickwicks
    — the original town coffee shop?
  • Chicago Rock Cafe
    — "laid back popular bar-cum-eaterie"
  • Manna's English Cafe
    — "classic no-nonsense English greasy spoon"
  • The Ship Inn, Levington
    — hasn't this one burned down?
  • Jacey's Coffee House
    — I go for the all-day ciabatta brunch
  • Tolly Cobbold Brewery
    — "guided tours offer a fascinating glimpse"


  • Scotts Brasserie
    — "robust, capable booking"
  • Baipo Thai
    — "local reputation for authentic Thai cooking"
  • Il Punto
    — classy French and Mediterranean dishes
  • Le Detour
    — "a place to dress up and celebrate"
  • Mortimer's Seafood Restaurant
    — simply-cooked fresh fish on the quayside
  • The Galley Restaurant
    — you can't go wrong here: eat out back in the summertime


  • Hintlesham Hall
    — expensive: George Street, Hintlesham, 4 miles west of Ipswich
  • Great White Horse
    — affordable: town centre location
  • Marlborough Hotel
    — "tastefully designed; top restaurant": Henley Road
  • Swallow Belstead Brook
    — peaceful setting: Belstead Road

Other Accommodation

  • The Gables
    — 12 bedrooms in Victorian house: 17 Park Road
  • Redholme Guest House
    — "spotlessly maintained", near Christchurch Park: 52 Ivry Street
  • Burlington Lodge
    — "quiet, inexpensive, 10 minutes walk from town": 30 Burlington Road


  • Sacred Earth
    — alternative health shop
  • Rex's CDs
    — formerly Parrot Records, still going strong
  • The Galley - La Charcuterie
    — upmarket ready-made meals and takeaways
  • Memorable Cheeses
    — "stuffed with cheeses of every kind"
  • Fruits Of The Earth
    — "fresh organic produce": great place for herbs & spices
  • Claude Cox College Gateway Bookshop
    — "old and rare books"
  • The 7th Chakra
    — "crystals, candles, incense": you get the idea
  • Procter's
    — anyone for a quality sausage?
  • Fluid
    — "if you have secretly yearned for a Hawaiian shirt..."

Clubs and Music

  • Liquid Nightclub
    — Cardinal Park
  • Opium Lounge
    — Tacket Street


  • Christchurch Mansion
  • The New Wolsey Theatre
  • Ipswich Museum
  • Wolsey Art Gallery
  • Ipswich Town Football Club
  • John Russell Gallery
  • Ipswich Transport Museum


  • Butt & Oyster
    — famous riverside pub at Pin Mill
  • Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh
    — top pub food
  • Gainsborough's House
    — Sudbury museum and art gallery
  • Landguard Fort
    — Felixstowe oddity
  • Angel Inn, Stoke by Nayland
    — need a reservation for the restaurant
  • The Rose Inn, Thorrington Street
    — "classic English village pub"
  • Snape Maltings
    — concert hall, Benjamin Britten, etc.
  • Dedham Vale
    — Constable country
  • The Crown And Castle, Orford
    — notable food in seaside village
  • Angel at Lavenham
    — "good, homely food"

Hope that's been of use to you.

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