First look at new St Nicholas Street restaurant La Cueva

La Cueva, new St Nicholas Street restaurant, with interiors inset

A mid-April opening is targeted for new Ipswich restaurant La Cueva - Credit: Archant and Louis Van Den Kolk

Final touches to a new restaurant in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, are being made ahead of opening next month. 

Owners are hoping to open La Cueva, in the former Zizzi premises, in mid-April.

The cherry blossom tree, wine display and seating at La Cueva

The final touches to La Cueva are being made ahead of opening next month - Credit: Louis Van Den Kolk

Louis Van Den Kolk, who has 45 years' experience in the restaurant business, spoke to the Ipswich Star at the beginning of March, promising "beautiful food, a great chef and nice cocktails with smoke and tricks". 

In the middle of the restaurant is a cherry blossom centrepiece, with colourful patchwork chairs and walls lined with artwork.

Upstairs seating area at La Cueva

The upstairs seating area has art and floral decoration - Credit: Louis Van Den Kolk

La Cueva is already popular with passers-by - Mr Van Den Kolk said he already has a booking for a wedding party after the décor caught the eye of planners - but it needs to be more than just a pretty place.

La Cueva, opening in Ipswich in mid-April

Owners have big plans to make La Cueva something different for Ipswich - Credit: Louis Van Den Kolk

The menu is British-European and meals are made fresh with ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. 

Sharing plates, Sunday brunch and late-night cocktails are also part of the plans.

La Cueva, opening in Ipswich in April

Much attention has been paid to the decor but owners know it can't just be a pretty place - Credit: Louis Van Den Kolk