09.00 pm to 18.00 Mon & Tues
09.00 am to 21.00 Wed & Thurs
09.00 am to 22.00 Friday & Saturday
10.00 am to 16.00 Sun
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Families and Children Welcome
Why dine at Arlingtons?
Excellent food in wonderful surroundings. Tastes to suit all palates. If you're not sure what you want our 'Sharing Plates' menu solves the problem. Order two or three plates and get a range of flavours and textures to excite the palate. Feeling a little hungrier, then add a plate or two as you go. Nicknamed 'British Tapas' our food is fresh and local but with influences from around the world.
Dine wherever you want in our Grade 2 Listed Building - the original Ipswich Museum - enjoy the informal atmosphere of the Cafe / Cocktail Bar or relax in wonderfully calm Palm Court. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the Gallery. There's something for everyone at Arlingtons.
Also, if you are looking to host a business lunch, family birthday party or just want some privacy, our Darwin Room will suit you perfectly and is available to hire for your sole use. It will accommodate up to 14 people to provide an intimate and self-contained space for your event.
The only reason I only gave 3 stars to atmosphere is that we ate on a Thursday evening at 5 pm and we were the only customers at that time. However, it was lovely to have the background music, the owner/waiter was very attentive and lovely to talk to so, unlike some restaurants where we have been the only customers, we had an enjoyable time and will certainly return.
The food and service were outstanding. It was my wife’s birthday and after a table left we had the dinning room to ourselves which made it all the more special. The afternoon tea is amazing value for money and is a nice twist on the norm with a nice selection of canapés replacing sandwiches
Very warm welcome by all staff, food was first class , good entertaining evenings events, will definitely be going back.
A Brilliant Restaurant and Venue with Great Entertainment We had heard some excellent feedback from friends that have visited Arlingtons since it was bought by new owners, Peter and Irina Gwizdala in October 2018, so decided to pay a visit there ourselves. We chose an evening when Arlingtons were staging music: a candlelight event hosted by Alton Wahlberg (https://www.altonwahlberg.com/alton-wahlberg-music) and showcasing local musician, Joe Keeley (https://www.joekeeleymusic.com/.) We were prompted to choose this particular event due to Joe having close links with our family. I rang the restaurant a few weeks before the event and managed to reserve a table. They were most helpful in doing this and, when I explained our connection with Joe, kindly arranged for us to have one right in front of the stage. This is the first time I have been to this venue for many years and was very impressed with the way it has been transformed. The ambience of the downstairs, where the event was held, was perfect for both dining and for such a musical event. We were also given a tour of the upstairs by the owner, Peter, later in the evening and were equally impressed by its ambience and the dining facilities there too. Originally opened as a museum during the reign of Queen Victoria, it is not only steeped in history but also has some very interesting architectural and design features that are well worth a viewing. As for the food, not only was it reasonably priced, it was of excellent quality. All diners present at our table thoroughly enjoyed their chosen meals. To round off a great experience, the music was superb. Alton Wahlberg comperes these candlelight sessions and does to to promote local talent. Alton commenced the musical part of the evening by performing acoustic renditions of his own compositions, with a cover thrown in for good measure. He then interviewed Joe Keeley, before Joe followed up with his own self-penned songs from his latest album, ‘Headstrong’. With the audience really appreciating Joe’s performance, he was persuaded to play two encores, including an excellent cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’. What impressed me about Arlingtons was that it wasn’t just ‘in it for the money’. Like with Alton, the owner’s eagerness to help local talent get noticed is really commendable. Not only does that include musicians, but there are a large number of paintings by local artists displayed around the venue, all of which are available to buy. Great to see a local Ipswich business supporting other local people in this way. This should be, rightly, applauded! All-in-all, a very enjoyable evening at Arlingtons, with Peter being a superb host. I have no doubt that we will return to this great establishment soon and have no hesitation, whatsoever, thoroughly recommend it to others.
loved the small plates choices excellent idea lots dishes to choose instead of having one main meal. Music was very good and we were able to enjoy our food and talk and listen 😀 We will definitely be back.
Arlingtons provided us with the perfect venue, food and service for our small, afternoon tea themed bridal shower. I cannot recommend them enough -outstanding service from start to finish.
Lovely sharing plate food enabling us to eat early and head of to theatre
My friend and I had such a lovely meal - the food and wine were absolutely delicious and Julia (hope I’ve spelt your name correctly!) was a complete delight, really attentive and wonderful to talk to. We will definitely be back!
The place was very busy but service was attentive and professional. Food was incredibly good and cheap for the standard.
Lovely meal and excellent service. The food was delicious!!
A great breakfast experience!
It was quiet, but the food and service was excellent! Will definitely be back
A little slow on initial service. Drinks order not taken for 20 mins. Otherwise food excellent. Would eat there again.
Really nice staff, friendly welcome. Food was amazing. Very busy but service was quick. Had the small plates and a sandwich. Sandwich took a little longer but was still good. Definitely be back to try their dinner menu.
Excellent food, venue & staff service.
Excellent food and service. Highly recommended.
Wide variety of small dishes to share - almost tapas style in concept. Great value and very enjoyable. The venue was a little on the cold side of comfortable though.
The food and the room are great. One of the waitresses didn't seem very experienced as she forgot to bring us plates to eat from, but that wouldn't stop me going back.
The restaurant upstairs was closed for 'cleaning' still on Wednesday after mothering Sunday. The cafe was cold and the toilets were freezing. Service was slow despite not being busy. Three coffees were unpleasant and weak. The just of water we ordered never came. We had sharing plates, non of which were outstanding - the chicken thigh with couscous was nice, The king prawns were horrible, with a very strange and worrying texture. When pointed out this dish was removed from the bill. The spicy quinoa was quite bland and not at all spicy. Even the chips were disappointing. We will not be returning and cannot recommend.
My friend and I enjoyed the small plate fish pie and hand cut chips both of which were very tasty. The waitresses were helpful and friendly.
Very enjoyable experience. Food & wine superb. Staff very polite. Will return.
We had a lovely Mother's Day. Thank you for making it special for my mum and grandma.
Service was very good however I was a bit concerned about the standards concerning hair!! although the young lady was very polite she had very long hair that was hanging in her face over her shoulders and down her back I thought maybe she should have tied it up seeing she was serving my meal
Thank you for your review and helpful comments. We're pleased you had an enjoyable Mother's Day celebration. Our policy is for long hair to be tied appropriately. Unfortunately this was not adhered to on this occasion and all members of staff have been reminded of this. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
We had an excellent meal at a unusual time of 16.30. Despite having a short time available the staff, particularly Maria, went out their way to facilitate us. The tapas choice of dishes are a great concept with diverse plates for all tastes. The Ipswich Piping Society.