Vegetarian restaurants are some of Ipswich’s most popular and there are plenty of great places to have a meatless meal in the city.
To celebrate World Vegetarian Day, here are seven picks of the best places to eat meatless in the county town of Suffolk.
Or: Fore Street, IP4 1JU
When: Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Appetizers from Â£ 3.90, main courses from Â£ 9.90
Car park: A short walk from the city center or if you are by car there are a number of public car parks which are a short distance away.
Takayama has its own dedicated vegan menu, with a large selection of vegetarian options also available.
Avocado salad, Korean vegan kimbab, yasai tempura, and teriyaki tofu are just a small selection of the vegetarian options on offer.
2. Hank’s Pub
Or: Rue Sainte-HÃ©lÃ¨ne, IP4 2LA
When: Monday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Entrees from Â£ 4, mains from Â£ 10.95
Car park: Places available at Suffolk New College
Hank’s has become one of the big names in vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Ipswich, with a deli and boutique on Carr Street that has proven itself in the city center.
The company’s pub opened in 2019 and serves a range of wings, steaks, loaded nachos, craft beers and cocktails.
3. Indian Bistro ChutneyZ
Or: Duke Street, IP3 0AQ
When: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., from Friday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Main courses from Â£ 8.50
Car park: Keep an eye out for off-road parking, but parking lots are within walking distance
The ChutneyZ Indian Bistro is a short walk from Ipswich Waterfront and offers a wide range of vegetarian and meatless options.
Diners looking to avoid meat while enjoying a curry won’t be disappointed – there are a number of vegetarian tikka masalas, paneers, and koftas on the menu.
Or: Rue Saint-Nicolas, IP1 1TW
When: Monday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Price: Ask for prices
Car park: Walking distance to parking lots and off-road parking lots available just steps away
The family-run Chinese restaurant Trong’s offers a variety of vegetarian options, including sweet and sour root vegetables, mock chicken with black bean sauce, and tofu with green peppers.
Trong’s, which is a short walk from the town center, is one of Ipswich’s top rated restaurants on Tripadvisor.
5. Bistro on the quay
Or: Wherry Quay, IPA 1AS
When: Monday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Main courses from Â£ 12
Car park: Limited parking is available on the waterfront, but other spaces are closer to town
This restaurant offers wonderful views over Ipswich Waterfront and offers a full vegetarian menu, including burgers, salads and gnocchi.
The owner of the restaurant is Julein Jourdain, who also manages Mariners on a revamped boat permanently moored in the marina.
Bistro on the Quay was voted the best restaurant in town by Ipswich Star readers in September 2021.
6. Passage to India
Or: Main street, IP4 1JW
When: Tuesday to Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Main courses from Â£ 7
Car park: Street parking or public car parks within walking distance
Another for Indian lovers. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options out there – full of vegetables, coconut milk, and spices.
Passage to India has been praised for its authentic and fresh meals for the whole family.
7. Sourdough street pizza
Or: Lloyds Avenue, IP1 3HD
When: Monday to Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Pizzas from Â£ 8.95
Car park: Parking lot next to Crown Street
Meats are a staple in many pizzas, but the sourdough has made sure that vegetarians and vegans don’t miss a slice of the taste.
Pizzas such as Go Too, Grass Roots, and Toadstall are some of the most popular on the menu.
The restaurant, near Ipswich Cornhill, was occupied by Pizza Express before Sourdough took over in the summer.