Posted on 2nd May 2017 by Alex Heys
Flow is based in central Ipswich. It’s the county town of Suffolk but it doesn’t feature in many guidebooks of the most incredible sites of our glorious British Isles. That’s because it’s quietly impressive rather than flashy. You have to look to find the hidden gems. Here are our top 3:
The waterfront – okay, this is hardly hidden but it is a few minutes’ walk from the centre and it is possible to miss it. But it’s nearly a mile of glistening harbour, brim full of bobbing yachts and lined with bars, restaurants and hotels. Perfect for a stroll, some haute cuisine or a dockside drink or two.
Historic retail – St Nicholas Street connects the waterfront to the town centre and it’s pretty unique. A row of ancient buildings house an array of shops, all with ancient beamed interiors. But the real joy is out the back. Everyone has a large walled garden where patrons can enjoy a coffee or just soak up the sun.
Pan-Asian dining – Aqua8 is an Ipswich institution. Serving a wide variety of Asian food – from Shanghai dumplings to monkfish with honey to scallops with asparagus and cloud ear mushrooms – it’s food of the finest quality and incredibly consistent. It’s always great – and always busy, so make sure to book. With a fancy cocktail bar downstairs, an Asian-inspired courtyard garden, and low lit dining room upstairs, it’s a place to spend a whole evening (and very early morning).