From the Revolution £2.99 cost-of-living meal to upscale dining at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel, here are some of the best places we ate at in 2023.

1. Bistro on the Quay

Ipswich Star: The roast and lamb at Bistro on the QuayThe roast and lamb at Bistro on the Quay (Image: Newsquest)

It is no surprise that the place was named one of the best restaurants in the UK, as it absolutely deserved it. 

Our reviewer enjoyed a mandarin and cranberry gin, king scallops and confit chicken with pepper ketchup, smoked aubergine, charred sweetcorn and crispy Parma ham as a starter, and the lamb rump with quinoa, heritage tomatoes, mint and basil vinaigrette and tender stem as a main.

It scored five out of five, with the attentive staff making the meal one to remember.

2. Good Inside Social

Ipswich Star: Good Inside Social really was good inside!Good Inside Social really was good inside! (Image: Newsquest)

Our reviewer enjoyed Good Inside Social, a restaurant opposite Christchurch Park that serves brunches and suppers that consist of dishes to share. 

They shared a number of dishes, including truffled potato terrine with parmesan and chives, as well as beetroot and confit garlic hummus with sourdough and almonds, and labneh with salt baked carrots, caraway and pistachios, and enjoyed a crayfish bagel as their main.

The brunch costs £35 per person and is worth every penny, scoring five out of five stars.

3. The Salthouse Harbour Hotel

Ipswich Star: The interior of the Salthouse Harbour HotelThe interior of the Salthouse Harbour Hotel (Image: Charlotte Bond)

One of our reviewers tried the early-bird three-course dinner at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel on Ipswich Waterfront, arriving at 5.30pm on a Friday in September.

Not only do diners enjoy a starter, main and dessert as part of the deal, but a cocktail too. 

Our reviewer enjoyed the Oak smoked salmon and seafood rillette with pickled cucumber, beef brisket with crispy polenta, confit tomato with red pepper chimichurri, and dark chocolate and peanut mousse with salted caramel, topped off with an Aperol Spritz.

Everything was beautiful, from the quality of the food to the decor of the restaurant. 

4. Eastern Spice

Ipswich Star: The takeaway spread from Eastern Spice was impressiveThe takeaway spread from Eastern Spice was impressive (Image: Newsquest)

Eastern Spice on Woodbridge Road was shortlisted for Britain's Top Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards 2023. 

Our reviewer tried a large chunk of the menu, including the chicken tikka masala and a chicken razzala, a curry made with a thick sauce, mushrooms, fried onions, and tomatoes.

With a quick delivery time and a range of items on the menu, this takeaway meal was awarded four out of five stars. 

5. Revolution

Ipswich Star: Revolution put on a £2.99 meal during the summerRevolution put on a £2.99 meal during the summer (Image: Tom Cann)

Our food reviewer was surprised by the quality of the £2.99 cost-of-living meal at Revolution.

A burger with chips costing less than £3 is pretty much unheard of in Suffolk, and while it wasn't the best meal our reviewer had ever tasted, they did believe that it was decent value for money.

Not only was the food cheap, the drinks were too, with alcoholic beverages costing around £2 per bottle. 

Four out of five stars were awarded for this meal.