With independent cafes and some of the best pubs in town - is IP1 the top foodie destination in Ipswich?

But what makes the area so good for food and drink?

The northern side of the town covers most of the town centre and is home to a number of popular cafes, restaurants and pubs. 

During Ipswich Town matchdays the areas pubs are crammed with fans before heading off to Portman Road

Where are the best places to eat and drink in IP1?

The Greyhound 

One of the most popular pubs in Ipswich is The Greyhound. 

With a range of food and drinks, the pub is a great place to visit when in the town centre or in Christchurch Park.

Booking is recommended for those wanting visit The Greyhound – especially on Ipswich Town matchdays.


The award-winning vegan cafe specialises in artisan bakes and even has its own floral family room. 

Ipswich Star: Hullabaloo in IpswichHullabaloo in Ipswich (Image: Charlotte Bond)

The cafe moved from their Cemetery Road premises into its prime town centre spot in 2019

The cafe had a facelift last year after the owners closed the business for two months after the coronavirus pandemic

Arcade Street Tavern 

With more than 120 craft beers, Acrade Street Tavern has a small bar inside a Grade II listed Georgian town house. 

Ipswich Star: Arcade Street Tavern in IpswichArcade Street Tavern in Ipswich (Image: Newsquest)

The pub also stocks about 75 small batch gins and regulary hosts gin tasting events. 

Arcade Street Tavern hosts monthly events in the tasting room and has its own dedicated bar and courtyard. 

The Blitz Tearoom 

Opening in December 2020 the Blitz 1940s Tearoom has been popular with not only locals but people from outside the town. 

Ipswich Star: Adam Gray and Clive Driver, owners of The Blitz 1940's Tea Rooms in St Peter's Street in IpswicAdam Gray and Clive Driver, owners of The Blitz 1940's Tea Rooms in St Peter's Street in Ipswic (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

People are able to take a step back in time with the afternoon tea experience

At The Blitz 1940s Tea Room, Britain's wartime past is brought to life and the towers of scones and sandwiches are just as impressive as the decor.


This easygoing Japenese restaurant first opened in Ipswich in 2017. 

The Takayama restaurant recently opened in a new location in the former La Cueva site in St Peter's Street

The restuarant has both a meat and vegan menu. 

There are often markets on the Cornhill including an artisan market and vegan market.