Ipswich: Waterfront-based restaurant Aurora celebrates successful first year

The Autora  restaurant on the  Ipswich Waterfront. The Autora restaurant on the Ipswich Waterfront.

Sunday, December 8, 2013
6:00 AM

A family-run restaurant launched in Ipswich just over a year ago has doubled its financial projections in its first 12 months.

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Aurora, based on the Ipswich Waterfront, has also just been included in the EADT’s Suffolk Future50 listiing of up-and-coming businesses for the second year running.

Marking the occasion with a birthday celebration in the restaurant, Callum Hewitt, owner of Aurora, said: “It’s been a fantastic year. Although it was certainly hard work in the beginning, we have created a really strong team who have all pulled together and worked incredibly hard to create a dining destination for Suffolk.

“The feedback we’ve had from customers has been positive and I think it’s definitely a sign of the economy turning that we have been full to capacity almost every weekend.”

And there are no signs of slowing, with a large number of Christmas parties booked for the next three weeks, a full calendar of live music, numerous weddings to host next year and the outside dining area to be developed, Aurora is also about to release it’s expansion plans, which will be announced in the New Year.

Callum added: “I’m really grateful to those who have supported us in our first year and we can only hope that with our continued hard work and local support, our second year continues in the same manner.

“A special mention must go to our Chefs – in particular Head Chef, Stuart Drane. They’ve worked tirelessly to create fantastic food which is one of our biggest draws of Aurora.”

9 comments

  • Great to see a local business doing well. Not an easy time to open a restaurant but Aurora seems to be thriving. Brilliant food as well!

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    Iona

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • its my 45th Birthday in Feb, do I get a write up? can't promise a free meal to the reporter tho ;)

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    You What

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Can't comment on the food or anything but at least it hasn't been a problem (that I know of) to the local residents. Haven't heard much noise or any problems coming from here so that's good. The same things can't be said for Cult unfortunately!

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    Chris Church

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Agreed Star Watch, Personally I'm in no hurry to visit!

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    You What

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Great to see a local business doing well. Not an easy time to open a restaurant but Aurora seems to be thriving. Brilliant food as well!

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    Iona

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Good on ya Mullac! Can't say Oysters and a small galss of vino for £25 is my idea of a deal mind you ;)

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    evilweazel

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Is this red hot news or a good add for the restaurant a?

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    pandy

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • slow news day so the star does an article on ibc's precious waterfront.

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    bob

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Perhaps you need to speak to some of the people that have tried their food!

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    Star Watch

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

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