The restaurant area at Penta Hotel Ipswich is intimate and classy with a great menu to match. My dining experience was fantastic and hearty at the same time. Penta Hotel Ipswich created some outstanding cocktails and I was served an amazing strawberry fused mocktail which was simply exquisite in both look and taste.
For my starters, I went for the Nachos which were divine, moreish and covered in classic melted cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. For my main course, I was recommended to try the Penta Heart Attack Burger which consisted of two beef pasties stacked with grilled bacon, melted cheddar and served with crispy fries and a vegetable garnish. I really enjoyed this burger as it was both delicious and incredibly filling too. By the time I got to the dessert menu I could hardly move but I managed to sample the impressive cherry cobbler with vanilla ice-cream and the pan baked chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream. This was a perfect end to the day during my Penta Hotel Ipswich staycation experience and I was looking forward to finding out more.
The next morning I went to test out the gym within the hotel, and although it is small in size, it certainly has enough equipment and accessories to certainly pack a strong punch for all those health and well-being aficionados looking for their gym fix. I personally had a good work out and the pleasure of all the splendid food I had eaten the night before was now translating into some pain in the gym. Once my challenging training session was over and I eventually caught up with my breath, I was off to explore and discover a little more about Suffolk and its alluring landscape.
My first stop was Jimmy’s Farm which is an adorable farm site open all year to the public and features a farm shop, butchery, nature trail, restaurant and activities for the whole family to enjoy, it was teeming with children and their families all enjoying a great day out and is located a short drive away from Ipswich.
I then headed back into Ipswich town and visited the award winning Water Front Marina which was brimming with activity with all the shops, restaurants, bars and hotels in close proximity. As I strolled along the water’s edge on a glorious summer’s day the sparkling sunshine shimmied effortlessly off the luxury yachts and boats in the harbour. I could see why this majestic wharf was so popular with so many visitors.
My next pit stop on my Suffolk staycation trail took me to the charming village of Lavenham which is noted for its 15th-century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. Before heading back to Ipswich I stopped off at the graceful village of Bildeston which has some of the most unspoilt rural surroundings on offer. I visited the lovely Bildeston Crown Hotel for a swift well-deserved apple juice. Bildeston is located in the very heart of Suffolk’s countryside close to the medieval Wool Towns. The Bildeston Crown is an original 15th-century coaching inn which has been carefully renovated and refurbished to an exceptional standard. The magnificent architecture provides a comfortable and stylish base whilst retaining its original character, beams and open fires.
In summary, my Penta Hotel Ipswich Suffolk staycation quest was a perfect blend of old meets new and demonstrated that the two can live together in seamless harmony.
Penta Hotel Ipswich is a young, progressive hotel that has captured and implemented a suave neighbourhood lifestyle design in and around the property that makes its guests feel right at home. With their newly refurbished and uniquely-designed bedrooms in Ipswich, they have created a one-of-a-kind design-led boutique hotel that takes the guest experience to a whole new level.
Combined with being situated so close to the angelic Suffolk countryside this is a winning partnership that I look forward to experiencing again in the not too distant future.
Penta Hotel Ipswich – Where and How?
To book a room at Penta Hotel Ipswich, visit www.pentahotels.com or call 01473 694600.
By Jamie Ndah