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“A reliable and friendly restaurant”
Review of The Fountain

The Fountain
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, Gastropub
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 20 March 2013

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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Reviewed 15 March 2013

The tuddenham fountain has now started taking bookings as before you had to just turn up and hope for a table, which was often about an hour long wait.... with good reason.
Their mini dessert taster options is a great idea, especially if you cant decide what you want. Have a bit of everything.

If you are stuck for a place to go, you can always count on the fountain to provide a great tasting meal. it really doesnt EVER fail. Its our back up plan resturant and i love it for it.

Thank NewboarderEastAnglia
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We had pre-booked a meal and as it was our first visit we werent sure where to go when we entered. The bar area was very crowded so made our way to the restaurant area. A member of staff was very rude and told us to go to the bar. There were so many people that we couldnt get to it. Another member of staff, again in a rude fashion, told us to could go outside and wait in a cold conservatory away from the main building. We waited about ten minutes on our own without seeing anyone. We walked back into the building and were just about to leave without our meal when someone apologised. We were so appalled by the service that we would not return.

2  Thank Hazel M
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Reviewed 10 March 2013 via mobile

The food is great I love it and the service is good for as when I was there we were sitting by the garden door and it was a freezing day then a waiter would not close the door I was asking and asking for him to close the door but he said he had his hands full but he had one hand free and would not close the door and was arguing with me! But the food is. Great and good

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Thank Tateharms
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

great food - grate local. good atmosphere and excellent service. thank you very much Fountain. Will come again

Thank Jacqueline444
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