Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 3°C

min temp: -0°C

Search

Ipswich: Waterfront floating restaurant Mariners reopens following redecoration

06:00 01 February 2014

Mariners, at Neptune Quay
, Ipswich.

Mariners, at Neptune Quay , Ipswich.

Mariners, the floating restaurant on the Ipswich Waterfront, has reopend for business following a temporary closure for redecoration.

The restaurant, formerly known as Il Punto, is based on a former Belgian gunboat which later also served as a Dutch-flagged hospital ship, and has been owned since 1994 by Regis Crepy, who also owns The Great House at Lavenham. .

The vessel, built in Bruges in 1899 and commissioned the following year, was originally known as the SS Argus. It was requisitioned by the Belgian navy in 1940, later being sunk and then raised and repaird by the Germans.

It was handed back to it owners in Antwerp in 1945 and re-entered service as the Flandria VII, before being renamed again as the Florence Nightingale in 1953 after being converted into a hospital ship.

From the early 1970s it operated for 18 years as a party boat before arriving in Harwich and then Ipswich in 1990 after being acquired by Contship Ltd.

As Il Punto, it initially specialised in Italian food although since its acquisition by Mr Crepy it has operated as a French-style brasserie. Its reopening following redecoration also sees the introduction of a new menu

0 comments

Ipswich will receive a share of a £60m school improvement scheme after being identified as a social mobility ‘coldspot’, the government is set to announce today.

Paramedics, police and three fire engines are currently at the scene of a crash in Trimley St Mary.

With the sun setting on the sleepy village of Crowfield this afternoon, you would hardly have known it was 18 hours in to an armed police stand-off.

A new walkway could be built from a busy road to an Ipswich park after campaigners called form greater safety measures.

A quiet Suffolk village is in lockdown this afternoon as a police stand-off which began at 11.15pm yesterday continues.

A senior detective has warned residents to be vigilant after burglaries in Suffolk increased by 40% in December.

Dozens of public houses have closed in Ipswich in recent years. The pace of losses has now slowed and many community pubs are run by volunteers. 
This week David Kindred looks back at the two in particular - The Old Bell, which stood at the junction of Stoke Street, Vernon Street and Bell Lane, and Blooming Fuchsia in Foxhall Road.

Back before they were presenting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Brit Awards, Ant and Dec took the UK by storm with their pop duo act, PJ & Duncan.

Music lovers heading to Jimmy’s Festival at his farm in Wherstead this summer are in for a treat – festival favourite KT Tunstall has been booked as a headliner.

Vulnerable older people in Suffolk are missing out on a million pounds worth of benefits they did not know they could claim.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24