Sometimes life means that we get stuck in a routine of going to the same places to eat and drink, meaning we can miss out on some 'hidden gems'.

Here are five 'hidden gem' restaurants in Ipswich and surrounding areas according to reviewers on Tripadvisor.

Lucky Souvlakis

Where: 24 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich, IP1 3EU

A grill restaurant serving a range of Greek food such as gyros, baklava and, of course, souvlaki. 

One five-star reviewer said: "I can honestly say about Lucky's, this is up there and rivals what you could expect to eat in the home country."

It is open in Ipswich town centre daily from 12pm. 


Ipswich Star: Zaynab is open for dine in and takeawayZaynab is open for dine in and takeaway (Image: Google)

Where: London Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2JR

The dishes at Zaynab Indian Cuisine are inspired by northern and southern regional Indian food. 

"Definitely the best curry house in the area," said one reviewer, whilst others said it is "the best Indian we've had in years."

The restaurant is open from 5pm daily but children under the age of ten are not allowed after 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

Café Myra

Where: 18 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich IP1 1TJ

Open five days a week, Café Myra caters breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. 

There is seating inside for cold winter days and outside to soak up the summer sun. 

One reviewer said: "A great all round experience- friendly, welcoming atmosphere with lovely service and quality food!"

Moon and Mushroom Inn

Ipswich Star: The pub serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinnerThe pub serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner (Image: Phil Morley)

Where: High Road, Swilland IP6 9LR

A 16th century dog friendly pub less than a 20 minute drive away from Ipswich town centre, open from Tuesday through to Sunday. 

Their cask ales are served direct from the tap and the pub has been featured in the 'Top 100 cosiest pubs in the UK' chosen by critics Tom Parker Bowles and Olly Smith.

"The food was great and the pub itself just adorable," said one reviewer.

The Arbor House

Ipswich Star: The Arbor House opened in August 2016The Arbor House opened in August 2016 (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

Where: 43 High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QL

Located close to Christchurch Park, the independent free house is open daily and serves a selection of small plates, beers, wines and spirits. 

Within it's first year of opening The Arbor House was nominated for two Casual Dining Awards. 

One reviewer said: "Great find! Lovely friendly service and not too busy, 5 stars."