10 festive treats to grab at Ipswich cafes while you're Christmas shopping
- Credit: Timothy Bradford
Ipswich is awash with sandwich shops and cafes, both independent and chain, and at this time of year they all have special festive items on their menus.
We've explored the town centre and tested them out, looking to find the best Christmas snacks and drinks in town.
1. Greggs: The Festive Bake
Where: 35 Upper Brook Street/51 Westgate Street/Burrell Road,
Greggs is a stalwart option for traditional hearty pastries, and it's festive bake does not break that mould.
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Combining chicken, bacon, stuffing and cranberry sauce, and wrapping them in crispy pastry casing all for £1.60, the festive bake is a solid choice, but be careful not to burn your mouth on it.
Starbucks: Gingerbread Syrup
Where: Cardinal Park, Ipswich/Train station, Burrell Road, Ipswich/10 Westgate Street, Ipswich/Sproughton Road, Ipswich
So this is a bit of a rogue one, but also one of the cheapest things on the menu. Take Starbucks gingerbread syrup, mix it with hot water and nothing else, and it is amazingly, surprisingly, quite tasty.
A very good hot drink option for those of us who don't enjoy milk or coffee.
Applaud: Stuffing, Turkey and Cranberry roll
Where: 19 St Peter's Street
For a fairly expensive price Applaud on St Peters Street will sell you a very standard turkey, stuffing and cranberry roll.
The bread is white, and soft, and the core ingredients are all present in a decent quantity, but despite the cafes wonderful atmosphere, the sandwich was not our favourite.
Cult Cafe: Mince Pie
Where: James Hehir Building, University of Suffolk, Ipswich Waterfront
Located in the University of Suffolk's James Hehir building, cult cafe offers low priced drinks and food on the Ipswich Waterfront.
For the festive season they have made the most traditional of Christmas treats — mince pies — but have given them a vegan twist.
Cults offering is tasty, with an extremely crumbly outer shell, and icing on top.
Costa: Mint Syrup
Where: 1-5 Queen Street, Ipswich/ 2-4 Carr Street, Ipswich/1 Rope Walk
Price: Varies but sub £1
Costa's mint Christmas syrup served with water doesn't quite match Starbucks gingerbread option, but served with cold water, it's a refreshing drink nonetheless.
Not particularly delicious though.
Coffee Cat: Christmas Cupcake
Where: Ipswich Waterfront
Coffee Cat, on the Waterfront stock a delightful variety of home-baked snacks, including great little Christmas cupcakes.
These cakes a wonderful quick bite, and well worth a little wander down to the Waterfront.
Subway: Tigerpig Sub
Where: Duke Street, Ipswich/Cardinal Park, Ipswich/ Carr St, Ipswich/Felixstowe Road, Ipswich
The Tigerpig is indulgent, combining bacon with a hot dog to create a long pig in an extensive blanket.
With a slightly smoky, salty taste that builds up the more you eat of it the Tiger Pig might well be too much for some people, but if you enjoy hot dogs, you will enjoy this.
The Green Room: Ginger Cake
Where: 18 St Margarets Green, Ipswich
The Green Room is a fancy looking French style Cafe, which can be found on St Margarets Green, towards the north of the town centre.
As a Christmas special, the Green Room had made delicious iced ginger cakes, which are only a little bit firey.
On the Huh: Mulled Wine
Where: 3a St Peters Street, Ipswich
On the Huh's mulled wine is warming, quick, and surprisingly tasty given that it only costs £3 a cup.
They also offer a Festive Sausage Roll but be warned, this sells out quick.
Hullaballoo: Nut Roast, Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion and Cranberry Sauce
Where: 14 St Peters Street, Ipswich
Hullabaloo source their ingredients from Poppies care farm, which is a business based around employing people with learning difficulties to grow vegetables. The cafe adapts it's menu to what the farm provides, which leads to innovative meals like this festive pumpkin and nut roast sandwich.
This combination of ingredients is nothing short of mind blowing. The way the onion pairs with the pumpkin is utterly sublime, while the nut roast and the cranberry cuts through and gives a broad spectrum of flavour.
You have to try this sandwich.