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Ipswich: Popular waterfront bar the Quayside shuts after four years

10:36 07 February 2014

The Quayside bar and restaurant

The Quayside bar and restaurant

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The Quayside bar and restaurant on Ipswich’s waterfront has closed.

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The business in Ipswich’s Regatta Quay development had been trading for several years and was taking bookings for Valentine’s Day meals.

A statement released on the bar’s Facebook page said: “It is with regret to inform you that after four happy years we unfortunately have decided to close Quayside.

“We would like to thank you for all your custom and support over the years.”

Did you use the Quayside? What do you think of the closure?

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25 comments

  • This is indeed sad news for the Marina. The quayside was in a poor location and the interior design left much to be desired. The food was of a variable standard. However ipswich will be left with another empty building. I don't think you can have enough restaurants and bars on the marina. Isaacs needs some competition. The quayside is the 4th business that has gone from the marina in the last year. The marina is supposed to be the jewel in the ipswich crown but it is hardly thriving.The Aurora was the last new business to be established but that was over a year ago. I do wish messes Ellesmere , Geater and Clement would smell the coffee and wake up to the harsh truth that ipswich is in decay with no prospect of arresting its painful and continuing decline . It doesn't deserve to be the county town of Suffolk ..that title should be given to bury st edmunds. I have lived in ipswich all my life and I am saddened and ashamed of what gas happened to it over the last few years

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    Mel C

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Not the sort of article we are used to about the Waterfront ? Not the successful area IBC makes out it is then ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Ya I agree with you Ted , That's the trouble with that Waterfront , They think were all millon aire's , Rip-off merchant's as far as i'm concerned

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • When I ate in there it was merely OK so no great loss! As the Waterfront is marketed at the wealthier end of the market this was always likely to be a casualty. What about a small Waitrose to fit in with the area? Of course what they really need are public loos!

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    ElaineD17

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Maybe it'll be a cycling themed coffee shop, that I'll get your keyboards buzzing.

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    IanW

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Now I see why linking the 'waterfront' with the town via our local newspapers' land in Lower Brook Street makes sense (apart from the fact they want to make shed loads of cash from the sale): It will link a declining town centre with a declining 'waterfront' via a declining newspaper.

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    Johnthebap

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • That's a shame :( One of the nicer bars in Ipswich. Feel really sorry for all the staff as if they were taking Valentine's Day bookings, this close must have come on quite sudden.

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    thankgodileft

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Was once of the most expensive place to eat andor drink in town, No wonder it had to shut down.

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    Ipswich Man

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Its a shame when any business fails but it was probably the weakest of the offerings on the Waterfront to be honest. Letsrot also put the record straight - there are at least 13 places to eat and drink on the Waterfront not 9. And businesses come and go. Hopefully this is an opportunity for something better to come along.

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    David C

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I had a really poor Christmas meal there year before last, never went back. You have to be good to survive now as Ipswich has a huge amount of restaurants to choose from. Sad really though as all you need is a good chef and you can build on that. I think the middle end of the market should take a look at Tuddenham Fountain as to how to be a success in that type of food, always busy, great food, great service and great wines and beers. We have too many places that do not know whether they are a Barclub or restaurants now. I had an ok meal at Churches the other weekend, after a certain time it turned into a noisy club while we were still eating, never again.

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Obviously not that popular

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    DSealy

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • The other Mr Cynical might have a point. With all the residential development in the vicinity, with only the Tesco Express a 5-10 minute walk, a new supermarket there would possibly be seen as viable...

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    Mister Cynical

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Apart from the University and housing, what else is at the waterfront? Coffee Link, Pizza Express, Issacs, Salthouse Hotel, Dance East, EEHub, Waterfront Bar, Colours Continental Cafe ... I make that 9 in total... the closing of one 9th of the waterfront is significant. I am sure I missed something off the list but are IBC going to change their minds about the waterfront area? What is next to go? I hope they didn't receive cash for the valentines meals and decided to run with it...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • The book is on guys Sainsburys Tescos Morrisons Which will it be then

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    Mr cynical

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Its been for sale for a little while now (Google: 12 Regatta Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1FF) I hear Sainsburys is interested... and so is Morrisons. Its more likely to be a coffee shop though.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • That emphasises my point thankgodileft, was it supposed to be a bar or a restaurant. When you try for that market it is limited in the type of customer you can get and the money that comes with them.

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Not far off the mark Johnthebap, except your comments infer decline in the making whilst I would suggest that it has already happened.

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    Brian Betts

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Its a shame, I very much liked it there. Great food and cocktails . Im sorry to all to all the staff as I have always found them very helpful and friendly. x

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    A Palmer

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Very true, C Smith. It didn't really know what it's was, or at least, for some reason it failed at being what it wanted to be. We only ever went there very occasionally for 1 or 2 drinks before we hit the town as the place itself was very aesthetically pleasing, but didn't really have that special-ness that would make us want to stay there for the whole night. However, I'd never dream of eating there as I've never heard good things.

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    thankgodileft

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • That emphasises my point thankgodileft, was it supposed to be a bar or a restaurant. When you try for that market it is limited in the type of customer you can get and the money that comes with them.

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • The complaints about Diablo's Herse parked near the waterfront over 4 years ago gets more and more relevant by the day. May as well throw a few trenches in for good measure. Ipswich waterfront is way over rated, lets be honest.. when the weather is nice enough to visit, It stinks!

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    You What

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Shocking Prices, Shocking Food, Shocking Atmosphere.

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Hard luck, Geater.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • our weather is wrong for what the waterfront was meant for.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • quayside was the poorest of the restaurants on the waterfront. I ate there twice and enjoyed neither time. it did normally look busy though so i am surprised!

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    Davin

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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