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Hotel Review: Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich in Suffolk

Kate Morfoot checks in to this luxury boutique hotel on the Ipswich Waterfront.

By Kate Morfoot  |  January 15, 2022
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Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich, Suffolk, is a fashionable boutique hotel with a contemporary feel. It’s ideal for a mini break to explore the county and its wonderful coastline.


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The hotel is situated on the Ipswich Waterfront at Neptune Quay

The hotel is situated on the Ipswich Waterfront at Neptune Quay alongside bustling cafes and wine bars, DanceEast and the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Campus.

The Waterfront has been the at the heart of Ipswich’s transformations over the town’s 1,500-year history. From early Saxon settlers and Viking invasions to global maritime trade and luxury yacht building.


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Each bedroom in this boutique hotel has been individually designed

The view from our bedroom over the marina was stunning, offering a spectacular sunset and sunrise in addition to posh motorboats moored up. Our bedroom was warm and luxurious with a comfortable king-sized bed. I was impressed to see a Melin Tregwent cover on the bed, made at a tiny Welsh wool mill on the coast of Pembrokeshire which I have previously visited.

Each bedroom in the hotel has been individually designed, some feature copper baths overlooking the marina, ours had a luxurious roll top bath and walk-in rain shower with eco-friendly toiletries.


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Menus at The Eaterie feature dishes created with fresh local produce

Dining at the hotel’s restaurant, The Eaterie, is a delight. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, and the food is mostly sourced locally. There’s a mixture of well-known producers supplying Dedham Vale steak and locally caught wild seabass, as well as the famous Binham Blue and Baron Bignod cheeses.

For starters, there’s an incredible selection of nibbles priced around £5, these include tempura gherkins, crispy Cajun calamari, honey and sherry glazed chorizo or larger starters from £6.50 to £15 including, duck liver and calvados parfait spiced apricot and truffle brioche, south coast king scallops, Morcela sausage, truffled celeriac and shaved bottarga.

The main courses include 28-day aged chargrill steak served with chunky chips, confit tomato and béarnaise sauce at £28, red wine poached quince butternut squash with Binham Blue, Castelfranco salad, clementine and truffle dressing at £15, seafood goujons at £17 and wild mushroom and artichoke rigatoni with smoked almond pesto for £18.

My choice was the wild local seabass, chorizo and tomato cassoulet, £22, all tasty and beautifully presented. If you have room, then you won’t be disappointed by the puddings, sadly we were too full! But tempting as they were, we could have had the dark chocolate fondant, plum jam and Mirabelle plum sorbet.

To do

Orwell Lady river trips are a popular way to see the local area. Image credit: Orwell Lady

From the waterfront you can take either of two river trips on the Orwell Lady or on the Sailing Barge Victor. During the winter, Barge Victor offers the popular Birds by Barge trip, a special bird-watching experience.

Suffolk is famous for its local produce and there are several fantastic farm shops within a short distance. One in particular is Goodies Food Hall that has a well-earned reputation for quality meat and local produce. Their master butchers are on hand to assist at their amazing butchery department where you will see these professionals at work.

They pride themselves on being local, even the beef is handpicked from Bramfield meats which is matured for 28 days to produce the best quality cuts. Their pork is sourced 11 miles from the Food Hall. The Gunton Hall Estate supplies venison and seasonal game that includes wild duck, pheasant, partridge and rabbit.

The cheese counter is impressive, it stocks around 60 cheeses, making it one of the largest cheese counter selections in the region. Goodies has its own ready meals range and a bakery too. Adjoining the shop is a new restaurant which serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, seven days a week.


Rooms can be booked from £135 including bed and breakfast.

Address: Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1AX.
Phone: 01284 714014

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