There are, of course, many restaurants in the Ipswich area but the Fountain is one we return to on a regular basis. It's only a couple of miles out of town but feels as if it is in the middle of the country, the welcome is friendly and the food, while not pretentious, is well-prepared and offers something that we might not have at home.
On Saturday night the place was packed and buzzing (although, as it is a succession of smallish rooms, it can also feel fairly full even when it isn't!) Unlike many places it seems to cater for all types of people, both older and younger, couples and family groups.
My wife had the pigeon breast for her main course, this was quite firm and full of flavour: I suppose that some folk might not have enjoyed this but we felt it was much better than the bland shavings one sometimes gets served. Ths came wth some excellent sweet potato fries. I had the burger which, as ever, was simply packed full of good beef. Other favourites we have had in the past include panfried calf's liver and braised partridge, not on the menu last week as it changes frequently.
Three things we particularly like: you can have small "starter" desserts (more than one if you like!) instead of a larger one; there is a selection of wine in 500ml carafes (we find that a whole bottle is too much if one of us is driving); and the coffee is both good and hot. They also have Aspall's cyder on draft, always a bonus in Suffolk!
Probably if we wanted a really "special occasion" meal we would go to somewhere like the Great House in Lavenham (quite a bit more expensive); however the Fountain has often been our place of choice for a more spur-of-the-moment destination. Long may it thrive!
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