Search

First look inside new restaurant at Ipswich venue - as outdoor stage plans take shape

PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:39 10 November 2019

Jamie Lee Smith working in the kitchen at the new 16 Steak House and Grill at Greshams Ipswich Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Jamie Lee Smith working in the kitchen at the new 16 Steak House and Grill at Greshams Ipswich Picture: RACHEL EDGE

RACHEL EDGE

A new restaurant has been unveiled at a popular Ipswich venue, which has also revealed ambitious plans for a permanent outdoor stage to host major events.

There has been major investment on the changes at Greshams Ipswich  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThere has been major investment on the changes at Greshams Ipswich Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Greshams Ipswich, in Tuddenham Road, has seen a major investment to transform the site in the last year.

Its new-look Willow Suite is already proving a very popular venue for big events of up to 250 people - staging music, comedy, weddings and corporate events.

The prestigious Stars of Suffolk awards were even hosted there on Thursday evening, proving to be a major success.

Its restaurant has recently relaunched as 16 Steak House and Grill, run by well-known Suffolk chef Jamie Lee Smith.

The prestigious Stars of Suffolk 2019 awards were held at Greshams on Thursday  Photo: Brittany WoodmanThe prestigious Stars of Suffolk 2019 awards were held at Greshams on Thursday Photo: Brittany Woodman

Bosses say they have had fantastic feedback since the change.

Meanwhile, there are also plans to further develop outside seating areas at the front of the premises.

But the developments don't stop there - work has started on a new permanent, outdoor stage, which will make use of the huge 22 acre site.

Mick Parker, director at Greshams, said they were excited about the developments.

The 16 Steak House and Grill has proved popular  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe 16 Steak House and Grill has proved popular Picture: RACHEL EDGE

He said: "We are delivering really quality events, really comfortable rooms and spaces and it's very competitive.

"We think it's a brilliant overall package."

There are already 84 events planned at the Willow Suite for 2020, and the new restaurant is already proving very popular.

However, it's the addition of an outdoor stage which is opening up even greater possibilities.

The Willow Suite at Greshams Ipswich already has more than 80 events planned next year  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe Willow Suite at Greshams Ipswich already has more than 80 events planned next year Picture: RACHEL EDGE

"We are looking to bring big outdoor events to Greshams," said Mr Parker.

"Because it is a permanent stage, if anybody wants to hire our facilities we just have to throw a switch - it's all there."

There is also parking for around 1,000 cars for bigger outdoor events.

For booking enquiries, visit the Greshams Ipswich website.

Mick Parker, Director of Greshams Ipswich  Picture: RACHEL EDGEMick Parker, Director of Greshams Ipswich Picture: RACHEL EDGE

An outdoor area at the back of the Willow Suite  Picture: RACHEL EDGEAn outdoor area at the back of the Willow Suite Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Music and comedy nights are proving popular  Picture: RACHEL EDGEMusic and comedy nights are proving popular Picture: RACHEL EDGE

First look at new developments at Greshams Ipswich  Picture: RACHEL EDGEFirst look at new developments at Greshams Ipswich Picture: RACHEL EDGE



Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists