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The 13 new bars, restaurants and cafes you need to try in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 09:58 13 December 2018

Three Wise Monkeys tap house in Ipswich opened its doors in November. Picture: NEIL PERRY

Three Wise Monkeys tap house in Ipswich opened its doors in November. Picture: NEIL PERRY

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Igloo dining, gin bars and all you can eat buffets have been added to the list of options in store for foodie fans in Ipswich.

Here we take a look at what’s new to the town this year, putting Ipswich back on the map as a popular destination to refuel and relax.

•Arlingtons

Previously a Victorian museum and later a popular ballroom location, the new Arlington’s in Museum Street reopened with new owners in November. The new look to the historic building features a bar, a cafe, a restaurant and an interesting small plates concept to the menu which was created by head chef Steve Bullus who drew influences from his travels.

Inside the new-look Arlingtons in Ipswich  Picture: SILVER MONKEY MARKETINGInside the new-look Arlingtons in Ipswich Picture: SILVER MONKEY MARKETING

Diners are advised to choose two to three plates from the tapas-style arrangement, or to share more amongst the table. The new owners also promise to showcase musical talents from around the area in the near future, offering an atmosphere in the day and in to the night.

•Peaky Pancakes

In the bleak mid-Ipswich a new pancake shop is offering a wide range of uniquely flavoured pancakes – both sweet and savoury. The flat caps and rustic decor transport customers back to the 1920s for a taste of the hit TV show Peaky Blinders, bringing a completely unique experience to the town.

A new Peaky Blinders inspired pancake parlour has opened in Ipswich. Picture: NEIL PERRYA new Peaky Blinders inspired pancake parlour has opened in Ipswich. Picture: NEIL PERRY

The pancake parlour on Upper Orwell Street combines the owners’ love for the show and their love of pancakes. With a wide range of flavours including traditional Polish tastes alongside sweet treats, the new cafe is a real hit in the town.

•Wiff Waff

A new waterfront bar combining food, drink and a unique programme of entertainment has arrived at the docks. Wiff Waff replaced the former Grand Central bar in November – offering table tennis, jamaoke sessions and a ‘Quizzee Rascal Wednesday’.

Wiff Waff bar  Picture: SOPHIE BARNETTWiff Waff bar Picture: SOPHIE BARNETT

At the weekends the bar lights up with cool sounds and DJs across two floors, making for the perfect late night destination. Food is served throughout the day at the bar in Regatta Quay on Key Street, and a number of social evenings will be held throughout the year to encourage visitors to the area.

•Three Wise Monkeys

After a successful four years in their Colchester bar, the Three Wise Monkeys have opened a new venture just off of the Cornhill in Lloyds Avenue. The new bar offers four floors of amazing food and drink in an industrial setting with stripped back interior.

Three Wise Monkeys tap house in Ipswich is the second branch to open alongside the bar in Colchester. Picture: NEIL PERRYThree Wise Monkeys tap house in Ipswich is the second branch to open alongside the bar in Colchester. Picture: NEIL PERRY

The ground floor has a pub feel where punters can order from 22 varieties of beer, while upstairs guests can enjoy table service in the bar’s main restaurant, or for more intimate parties a balcony space can be hired. A gin bar offering 100 varieties of the spirit is set to open some time before Christmas and live music will be available every weekend.

•The Halberd Inn

Former pub Mcginty’s has been taken on and totally refurbished by Punch Taverns, re branding it as The Halberd Inn.

Former pub McGinty's has been taken on and totally refurbished by Punch Taverns   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFormer pub McGinty's has been taken on and totally refurbished by Punch Taverns Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The venue on Northgate Street will focus on entertainment, sports and events throughout the year with possible festivals being held in the outside area if the pub’s licence is extended. Premium lagers are on offer and food is your typical fish and chips, burgers and waffles.

•Vinny’s

Artisan bakes, milkshakes and hand-made crafts are on offer at a new Ipswich store which was opened in tribute to an Ipswich woman’s late husband.

Pictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop  Picture: LESLEY WHITTAKERPictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop Picture: LESLEY WHITTAKER

Lesley Whittaker opened the shop in November after being persuaded by her husband Vinny to take on the new venture before he sadly lost his life this summer after a stroke. The store has a cafe element and an option to showcase local crafts inside.

•Isaac’s igloo dining

Private dining has arrived at Isaacs with their new London-inspired igloos perfect for private parties at the Waterfront.

Isaacs on Ipswich Waterfront has installed four 'igloos' for private party hire  Picture: IsaacsIsaacs on Ipswich Waterfront has installed four 'igloos' for private party hire Picture: Isaacs

Four clear domes were installed on the upper floor terrace of the building on November 29 and will be available for hire from Thursday, December 13.

•Dockside Deli

Isaacs has made a number of improvements to its complex this year, with an eat-in or eat-out menu served during the week for passers by.

New Dockside Deli at Isaacs. Outside Alex Tiunovs, general manager Bentleys Restaurants Picture: PULKIT KATYALNew Dockside Deli at Isaacs. Outside Alex Tiunovs, general manager Bentleys Restaurants Picture: PULKIT KATYAL

The dockside deli serves pizza by the slice alongside pasties, sausage rolls, sandwiches, seasonal soups, salads and drinks. The new addition gives people the option to take their food next door to Isaacs to enjoy a drink from the bar.

•Hullabaloo vegan cafe

An entirely plant-based venture opened this summer, with recycled and upcycled furniture kitting out the new cafe in Cemetery Road.

Hullabaloo vegan cafe in Cemetery Road, Ipswich is being run by Jon Halls and Jennie Debenham. Picture: DAVID VINCENTHullabaloo vegan cafe in Cemetery Road, Ipswich is being run by Jon Halls and Jennie Debenham. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

Owners Jon Halls and Jennie Debenham are embracing their passion for sustainability with the new cafe which offers meat free, dairy free and gluten free food.

•Spoons World Buffet

An all you can eat buffet is one of the biggest new venues in the town offering everything from Indian to Italian food. With 300 seats, 20 full-time staff, and 20 part-time staff – the large space will host a range of cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Thai, Brazilian, Indian and Japanese.

Andy Teoh, manager of Spoons World Buffet Picture: ELLA WILKINSONAndy Teoh, manager of Spoons World Buffet Picture: ELLA WILKINSON

The restaurant is the third branch to be opened.

•Chestnut Tree Farm

The new pub at the Copdock interchange has been branded with a carvery concept, appealing as a pit-stop for commuters.

Chestnut Tree Farm in Ipswich. Picture: GREENE KINGChestnut Tree Farm in Ipswich. Picture: GREENE KING

Despite a number of Greene King pubs closing around the country with between 100 and 110 expected to shut their doors over the next year – nine new outlets including The Chestnut Tree Farm in Ipswich have launched.

•The Grazing Sheep

New owners took over the popular Waterfront cafe giving it a new lease of life in April after its shock closure at the beginning of the year.

A delicious gluten free cake.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA delicious gluten free cake. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Bart Bisbal and son Julian have put their own twist on the much-loved cafe, which now hosts breakfast, lunch and tapas. The cafe is open from 8am to 6pm every day.

•VK Vietnamese

In a first for the town a new Vietnamese restaurant opened its doors after its huge success in its Chelmsford branch.

The new VK Vietnamese restaurant in Northgate Street, Ipswich. Picture: VK VIETNAMESE CUISINEThe new VK Vietnamese restaurant in Northgate Street, Ipswich. Picture: VK VIETNAMESE CUISINE

The new spot for international cuisine landed in Northgate street bringing contemporary Vietnamese and Dim Sum dishes – including st-fries to coconut curry and deep-fried catfish.

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