With a number of independent restaurants and top pubs, could IP4 be the place for foodies in Ipswich?

But why is this area of the town so good for food and drink?

The north-east side of the town has a number of popular restaurants, cafes and pubs. 

The IP4 postcode stretches from the Waterfront right out to the outskirts of town, near Rushmere St Andrew and Kesgrave.

Here are the best places to eat and drink in IP4.

Ocean Fish Platter

Ranked as one of the best restaurants in Ipswich on Tripadvisor, Ocean Fish Platter is a must for those wanting to try seafood.

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A wide range of platters are on the menu, as well as more traditional dishes like classic fish and chips.

The owners recently opened a second restaurant in Kesgrave

The Woolpack 

One of the most popular pubs in Ipswich is the Woolpack, outside Christchurch Park.

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The Woolpack is long established in Ipswich and crowds flock to it when the sun comes out.

It is a pub that also takes great pride in its food, so be sure to arrive with an empty stomach.

Papa Panda 

The Carr Street restaurant is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the town. 

The Chinese buffet caters for everyone with a real range of items. 

The Grazing Sheep

This award-winning coffee house is located along Ipswich Waterfront.

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Since opening in 2018 the business has won an award

The family-run business is worth a visit is you are taking a walk along the Waterfront. 


One of the busiest and most populas pubs in Ipswich is Isaacs on the Quay. 

The pub serves a delicious range of food, while there is a wide range of drinks to choose from.

The Fat Cat

This Spring Road pub has become the venue to head to if you want real ales. 

The Fat Cat has become recognised across the town for being a popular establishment, having won numerous awards over the years. 

It doesn't serve food, but you are allowed to bring in grub from nearby takeaways and help yourself to plates and cutlery.