When the Gough family opened Salthouse Harbour in 2003, they brought a slice of chic and sunny Mediterranean life to Ipswich and neither the hotel nor the city has looked back. In a prime spot on the resurgent waterfront, it mixes compelling and uplifting maritime views with contemporary yet characterful style and the two combined, plus high standards, lovely bedrooms and just-right food, make this the sort of hotel that induces a happy, sunny feeling just by stepping inside. The hands-on family ownership filters through to the confident, upbeat, friendly and relaxed service, especially in the easy-going, highly popular Eaterie restaurant, which focuses on modern dishes ‘with a twist’ and the freshest of locally sourced produce. Bedrooms are either in the former warehouse or the modern extension; all are individually designed, great fun and very comfortable. For a truly spectacular harbour view, opt for a Sail Loft Marina, perhaps one with a balcony and a copper bath. Doubles from £166.
Name to Know: General manager and keen wine connoisseur, Diogo Abreu, who can select the perfect wine for all occasions, many of which are served by the glass.
See: The very eclectic art collection at the hotel with a range of paintings and curious sculptures collected by the owners over the years.
Eat: The very popular Salthouse fish platter served with Suffolk lobsters from Penny’s in Orford, Cromer crab, Felixstowe smoked salmon with Mersea oysters, langoustines and crevettes.
Buy: A river cruise up the River Orwell. See Ipswich from the water as well as exploring the River Orwell as it winds up the coast, a beautiful day with friends and family.
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