Where to watch Euro 2016 in Ipswich?
Well the answer for watching the best sport still has to be Isaacs. We’ve got numerous screens across our bars and the big football tournaments are something of an event themselves at Isaacs. It will be good to see who is going to do well and what future stars to watch out for in the Premier League. Who will Jose Mourinho have his eye on for a potential move to Old Trafford.
On Friday 10th of June things get underway at the Stade de France as the hosts France take on Romania in the curtain raiser.
The big name teams and players in Euro 2016 are often the usual suspects like Germany and Spain but there are some other good teams to be wary off. France are a good team as are Italy, England have a better hope than we have had for some time but we also have the quiet teams packed with stars like Portugal and Belgium.
Below is a list of the groups and the likely order I think they will finish in:
In Group A
We have France who have a host of world stars and they have a good record of winning their opening matches when they are the hosts.
A look at the French squad
With the likes of Hugo Lloris in goal that will help no end.
They have the highly experienced Patrice Evra and Raphael Varane at the back, in honesty they have a good defence all round with a lot of premier league stars as well as Adil Rami who was amazing recently for Savilla.
Yohan Cabaye may be playing for Crystal Palace these days but he is a class act. N’Golo Kante from Leicester and Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba means this is another really strong area. Morgan Schneiderlin has been called into the team late but on his season for United I haven’t seen much evidence he is a top level international midfielder.
With Olivier Giroud, Antione Griezmann, Anthony Martial and Dimitir Payet they will be good. Let’s see how often Payet goes down though to win set plays in the final 3rd. He’s done this too much for West Ham for me and it’s worked, his free kicks are great it’s just how he ‘wins’ them which is a little unsavoury. France are player for player great and with the home support they will be tough opponent for anyone. Yes there is some politics surrounding the players who HAVEN’T made the squad in Karim Benzema but that’s to every other nations gain, he is a big miss.
Notable Group Mention – Valon Behrami on his day can be good for the Swiss but the two to look out for are Xherdan Shaqiri who is outstanding and no offence too good for Stoke City, he’s a tank! Also, Arsenal have spent big signing Granit Xhaka from Monchengladbach. These two can help the Swiss do more than some think. They are a good team on the ball.
In Group B
A look at the English squad
England have to deal with Wales in the group who could prove a bit of trouble but with the firepower England have they should dominate all positions except for Bales.
It has to Joe Hart and ok he can have the odd bad day at the office but he is a top class keeper.
We’ve got Cahill (not my 1st choice as it should still have been John Terry) but with the greatly improved Chris Smalling we should do well. John Stones will be good cover also and with a choice of Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose we have quality on the flanks. This is England’s worst area though and even then it’s not that bad.
With Rooney leading us in midfield I suspect he will have a good tournament. We have Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling for the attacking options and Mr Reliable, James Milner so we are ok in this area as well. Not sure on some of the choices but we should be good.
Here is where England should be strongest. Rooney can play here but now as he is ageing he has to play second fiddle to the amazing Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. Daniel Sturridge if fit will be good cover and Marcus Rashford as well leaves us in good shape.
Notable Group Mention – It’s worth mentioning Bale for Wales in this group as he is a world class player and one we will need to respect but we should be ok.
In Group C
A look at the German squad
Manuel Neuer ranks somewhere in the top 3 keepers in the world if not the best. He gives a lot of confidence but has had his wobbles of late.
Mats Hummels, a great player who will do well for Germany, he can be caught out though as he isn’t the fastest defender around. With Jerome Boateng they will be reliable at the back and for the first time in heaven knows how long there is no ever dependable Philipp Lahm, It’s mad to think the Germans won’t have him.
The German midfield is one of the best around. They don’t have the tricks of Spain but they are so effective with and without the ball. Toni Kroos is outstanding as it Julian Draxler, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and others. Watch for Leroy Sane perhaps as an emerging star as well. These are all £30m + players then you get to their real stars, Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle and the outstanding Thomas Muller. A real powerhouse!
Up front for me Germany are not as strong as they could be. Mario Gomze is good and Karim Bellarbi but often the midfield is asked to help with the striker. The likes of Lukas Podolski isn’t going to be playing much I doubt so it’s mostly all on Mario Gomez.
Notable Group Mention – We have to give notable mention to Robert Lewandowski who is for me one of the best strikers in the world let alone Europe. If he does well Poland will do well and he is good enough to upset any apple cart in this group.
In Group D
Spain will be easing the ball around and showing how strong they are. A hard team to beat and now they have a taste for winning on the world stage they will be among one the favourites.
A look at the Spanish squad
Two choices here. Do they go with Iker Casillas the safe option or finally move him on for the outstanding David De Gea? This could be the tournament they make the switch. Either way they have two world class options.
Again Spain are packed with household names. Gerard Pique is back with Sergio Ramos and Juanfran. Adding to that Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta they will be in strong here. Also keep an eye out for Marc Bertra – he is a good talent at Barcelona.
Andres Iniesta is still easily young enough to get in the team and lead it. Thiago is there and Cesc Fabregas who I’m not so sure on. They have the attacking threat in Isco but mainly their attacking midfield players are Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla and David Silva. Also if they need to shut up shop they can bring on Sergio Busquets to keep things tight and a player who has had a barnstorming season Koke who was immense for Athletico Madrid.
Pedro has been a bad buy for Chelsea so far but perhaps he can spark them in the Euro’s. With Diago Costa being dropped by Spain (he is a Brazilian by birth) this leaves them with the old guard of Torres, David Villa and not much else but nether of these are going now. Maybe they will do a Barcelona and play with no striker but I think Alvaro Morata will lead the line as he is a great striker. Don’t underestimate Spain but for me I don’t think it’s their year as they look too light in the striker department with only Morata as a recognised striker.
Notable Group Mention – The Czech Republic are not the force they once were but Croatia could be. With the free kicks of Darijo Srna and Modric and Rakitic in midfield they will be a handful. Adding to that Mandzukic upfront and I wouldn’t want them in the knockout stages.
In Group E
The famous Group of Death. It will be two teams from three good contenders who go through here. You would say Italy and Belgium would be the favourites but Sweden won’t go down easily.
Belgium have a host of stars where most have youth on their side. This said, I’m not so sure it’s their time yet. Eden Hazard and others are good but getting past the old lady of world football will be hard and Italy still have quality and above all else they somehow deliver in big tournaments.
A look at the Italian squad
This is easy, Buffon again and he is still keeping his spot on merit so they are strong here.
With Andrea Barzagli & Giorgio Chiellini they are a class act and De Scigilo is also looking like another Italian defensive master ready to go. They also have Bonucci who has been in good form for club and country and Darmian who has had a hit and miss season in the premier league. He for me is the weak link. For every great game he has two bad ones it seems but Italy do tend to play him higher up the park than what his home club had done.
Stephan El Shaarawy may not be hitting the high notes and Daniel De Rossi and the master Andrea Pirlo aren’t getting any younger but they still have it. Adding to that Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta with Antonio Candreve they have some good options.
Mario Balotelli will be there but more as a sub I suspect, he seems to have squandered too many chances. The danger for anyone though has to be Graziano Pelle who I think will have a great tournament. He has done well in the Premier League where he doesn’t get the classy support he will do for Italy. His striker partner Eder will also do well. They also have old heads to call on in Fabio Quagliarella and Ciro Immobile if needed but they should be good with Pelle & Eder.
I can see the Italians grinding out results and keeping it tight at the back. Pelle is a big strong striker and I think they will play one up top he will battle away. Expect Italy to end up in a few penalty shoot-outs as they will stifle a lot of creative play and therefore be hard to beat.
Notable Group Mention – Also in this group, watch out for Ibrahimovic – he is due a big tournament and Sweden could cause some issues if he is on form. The goal he put past Jo Hart was amazing!
Lastly, Group F
Portugal have to win this group. They should do it but coming second could cause problems for any big nation.
The Portuguese Squad
This is one area the Portuguese can suffer. Rui Patricio their number one is good just not elite level and that could be a problem. Then again I can’t remember a world class Portuguese keeper, just outfield players.
They have good players here but not the strongest in the tournament and this is why they have been vulnerable in tournaments. Pepe is good, very good as is Bruno Alves and Fabio Coentrão. Surely though they need to move on from Ricardo Carvalho but nope he is still playing ahead of Raphael Guerreiro – oddly.
Miguel Veloso – a great player and Joao Moutinho don’t seem to get the game time I think they deserve. Will Bayern’s new buy Renato Sanches come good or the better (in my view) Joao Mario deliver? The little known Vieirinha is also a good player as is William Carvalho. They are well stacked in the midfield. This is even before we get to the attacking midfield options. Neither Nani nor Ricardo Quaresma have lived up to the hype but he is still a threat in this sort of tournament. Danny is also a good player as well.
I would expect Portugal to go with one up top and I suspect it will be CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo and we all know how good he is. A match winner on his own and with a strong midfield I think he will do well in the tournament but can they go beyond the knock out stages?
Notable Group Mention – There isn’t much to mention, this is a weak group to be honest. As good as Eidur Gudjohnsen was in his day (and he was) he shouldn’t be anywhere near an international team. Gylfi Siguardsson is worth mentioning though as he is a good player.
It will be a good tournament this but I don’t see any surprises in the group stages. If I had to pick a winner I would find it hard to go beyond Germany. France as a home nation could go far as could England but Germany for me look the strongest, despite England beating them recently… who knows!
Well it’s hard to pick a winner but most likely I think it will be the usual suspects. Pick one from Spain, Germany or France and for me I think it will be the Germans again. There are others Portugal could do something with a crop of young players mixed with their experiences world class stars. Maybe England also but I’m not so sure.
One thing you should be able to be sure on is some players values will soar. We will get the usual silly season to follow where some unknown has a good tournament and is sold for £35m. We will also see some amazing football. Best of all England have to make it to the knockout stage now as the best 4 who finish in 3rd place in their group under this new format also go through to the knockout stage. Madness but it will make for some great sporting action. England are as good as through on that basis, yes we will have 8 games in the first round knockout stage.
Spring is here
We are now starting to see the first signs of spring! The daffodils are out in bloom, the sun is shining (sometimes!), the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are getting a bit lighter. We are gradually leaving the dull, grey and cold of winter behind and starting to see the bright colours, warmer days and new growth of spring.
Spring has always been thought of as a time for new beginnings and this is highlighted throughout the natural world with buds on the trees, the first signs of blossom and many animals and birds preparing for their new arrivals. Here are a few ways you can feel even better this spring:
Do some planning. Think about how you would like to spend the spring and summer. Do some gardening, plan any decorating or DIY that you want to get done or even start thinking about your summer holiday.
Get organised, whether that is at home, your office or even just your car! Have a spring clean and get things in order for the summer. As the weather gets warmer, pack away your winter clothes to make some more room in your wardrobe. Declutter your home, garden, car, even the garden shed!
Get healthy! While you are in the mood for cleaning and decluttering, why not do the same for your body. Start eating more healthily, drink plenty of water and do some exercise. Make use of the lighter evenings by going out for a long walk or a jog. There are lots of lovely fresh, seasonal vegetables around at the moment so make plenty of use of them in your cooking or if you fancy a night off, our chefs always use lots of delicious fresh local produce.
Take notice! Listen to the birds singing, enjoy seeing the changes happening as everything starts to get more green and lush or take time to enjoy a drink while watching the sun set over the Ipswich Waterfront.
Socialise – What better time is there to catch up with friends, maybe some that you haven’t seen for a while.
Enjoy some live music – At Isaacs we love live music and are keen to support the local music scene. We host regular live music events covering a wide range of genres so have a look at our website to see what is coming up.
Scientists have done a great number of studies into the effects of spring on people including hormones, psychology and just generally why many people feel better. The overriding fact though is that summer is on its way so get into the spirit of the season and enjoy yourself!
Isaacs is in a great position on the Ipswich Waterfront and enjoys views across the water as well as the lovely old buildings that dominate the local area. Whether you are looking for breakfast, a lazy lunch, coffee break, after work drinks or dinner, Isaacs offers it all.
Isaacs is the place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ipswich!
Head to Isaacs on the Quay on Thursday, March 17, where you will be assured of céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes!). In fact, it is very much a case of Irish on the Quay each St Patrick’s Day at Isaacs, with the best atmosphere in town, and a great day for letting your hair down on the waterfront and getting in on the craic!
“Eat, drink and be merry in green on the Ipswich Waterfront with us at Isaacs!
You will be assured of céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes!). With the best atmosphere in town, St. Patrick’s Day at Isaacs is a great day for letting your hair down and getting in on the craic!
Start your celebrations of Ireland’s patron saint with an Irish Breakfast from 07:30am, which will be available all day for the late-comers, plus traditional Irish dishes available on the specials board.
We will be screening the splendour of the famous St Patrick’s Day Parade live from Dublin and the racing from Cheltenham, before live music from Blarney Rovers (5pm) and Murphy’s Lore (9pm).
Pace yourself, because we’re partying late into the night!”
Eat, drink and be merry in green on the Ipswich waterfront with us at Isaacs!
St Patrick’s Day – Isaacs Style
There are a number of theories about how far back Valentine’s Day can be traced. Some date back as far as ancient Rome when a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia was celebrated on the 13th, 14th and 15th February.
By 1601, St Valentine’s Day had become popular and was even mentioned by William Shakespeare in Hamlet. The passing of love notes became popular in England by the mid 18th century and this led on to Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts starting to produce cards using paper lace.
Hallmark Cards produced their first Valentine card in 1913 and have gone on to make this romantic event one of their flagship days on the year. Nowadays, it is estimated that over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year worldwide.
Red, pink and white are normally associated with Valentine’s Day but why?
Red symbolises passion, love and desire. It is also the colour of blood so could be connected with St Valentine who went against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II in third century Rome by marrying young lovers in secret. Claudius had a decree that young single men were not to marry and their loyalty and commitment should be only to Rome. St Valentine refused renounce his faith and subsequently died a martyr. White symbolises purity and pink is a combination of red and white. Pink is also generally perceived as a very soft, feminine colour.
Chocolates and flowers
According to some scientists, chocolate is an aphrodisiac but it is also meant to symbolise affection, attraction, love, sensuality and luxury. Although Cadburys don’t claim it officially, it has been said that they cemented their connection with Valentine’s Day in the 1800s when ricy started to sell chocolates in heart shaped boxes that he designed himself.
Floriography is the practice of sending flowers to express secret messages. This has been happening for centuries and different flowers have different meanings. In the past this meant that it was possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers. Red roses represent love and romance. The rose was associated with the goddesses of love by both the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Valentine’s Day in Ipswich
What better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than an enchanting meal at Isaacs? Our Catering Manager is always searching for the best ingredients from a range of local suppliers and our chefs have all helped to evolve our menu. We offer a choice of over 50 dishes including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Our service is second to none and we will ensure that you and your loved one feel special.
You can enjoy a tasty meal in inspiring surroundings and then take a leisurely stroll along Ipswich’s historic waterfront. What more can you ask for?
To add to this though we’ve got Mjsoul playing live at 3pm. Also, a special Valentine’s desert will be on the specials board and other special offers on our sharer platters and a bottle of bubbly, that will be grand!
2015 has been a good year, come see it out @ Isaacs.
Live DJ taking your requests
Bar service until 1.30am!
Extended food service until midnight!
We thought you might like to find out the history of the fabulous piece of pizza available in Pizza Al Taglio
Although pizza as we know it originated from Italy, its roots actually go back much further than that. Similar foods are known to have been made since the Neolithic age and there are many records throughout history of people adding various ingredients to bread to add flavour.
Flatbreads were often used as an edible plate and some flatbreads have even survived to the modern day such as the naan in South Asia, the Greek pita and of course the focaccia from the Mediterranean.
Possibly the closest relation to the modern pizza was made by the Ancient Greeks and it was a flatbread called plakous which had toppings such as herbs, onion and garlic. With this in mind, it comes as little surprise that Naples (known as the home of pizza) was founded in around 600 BC as a Greek settlement.
Over the centuries Naples grew into a busy waterfront city and many of its population were poor. As they went about their day they needed a quick and inexpensive street food – pizza satisfied this need. These flatbreads, or pizzas, were eaten for any meal, often from street vendors rather than proper restaurants and many of the wealthy thought this was a disgusting thing to do.
These pizzas were quite different from the ones we eat today – in fact the modern pizza’s main ingredient, tomatoes, appeared quite late on. In the early 1500s, tomatoes were just making their way across Europe but to begin with they were very unpopular and people were generally quite suspicious of them. Many people actually believed them to be poisonous!
The poor people of Naples however started to use tomatoes on their pizzas and this was the birth of the pizza that we know and love today. The dish became more and more popular and word spread. Tourists visiting Naples started to venture into the poorer areas of the city to taste it.
In the late part of the 19th century even the King and Queen of Italy wanted to try the local dish as they had heard so much about it. While they were visiting Naples a pizza maker called Raffaele Esposito cooked three different varieties of pizza, one of which the Queen (Margherita of Savoy) enjoyed so much that she sent him a thank you note. The pizza in question was garnished with tomatoes (red), mozzarella (white) and basil (green) to represent the three colours on the Italian flag. Raffaele decided to dedicated the pizza to the Queen and called it ‘Pizza Margherita’ in her honour. The Margherita is still one of the most popular varieties of pizza today.
One of the most popular ways to eat pizza in Italy is called pizza al taglio, literally translated as ‘by the cut’. It was invented in Rome and gradually became popular not only across Italy but worldwide. The pizza is baked in a large rectangular tray and sold by the slice.
You can now find pizza al taglio right here in Ipswich at Isaac’s very own Pizza Al Taglio restaurant. When there are so many delicious varieties of pizza on our menu why should you have to choose only one? Visit our pizza restaurant and you can try a slice of as many different pizzas as you wish!
At Isaacs our pizzas are freshly cooked and served the Italian way.
Visit us for a taste of Italy on Ipswich’s vibrant Waterfront.
Places to Eat in Ipswich
There are now a huge number of places to eat in Ipswich, covering everything including cheap and cheerful, fast food, family restaurants, classic romantic restaurants and fashionable modern eateries, covering a great many different cuisines.
Ipswich originally emerged as a busy trading town in around the 7th century, and with the development of Ipswich docks, thrived and prospered as a major trading hub. By the 1400s, the buildings that Isaacs is situated in now were being used for selling corn, wool and coal. Even back then there would have been plenty of places to eat in Ipswich for locals, as well as merchants and traders that were passing through.
Fast forward around 600 years and Isaacs on the Quay is still one of the most popular places to eat in Ipswich. Our food is freshly prepared and our catering manager always searches for the very best ingredients from a range of local suppliers. The menu can take you from breakfast through lunch and onto dinner and there is a choice of over 50 dishes including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Our team of chefs work together to continually evolve the menu and create food inspired by locally sourced produce with some dishes incorporating our own ‘Briarbank Brewery Ales’.
As well as serving an average of around 100 plates of food per day, we also host over 80 weddings per year and regular private parties. We are particularly proud of our service, and whether you are looking for a quick drink with a friend, a meal with the family, a business function or help to celebrate a special occasion, you will always be greeted with a friendly face and warm, welcoming service.
Our historic building on the Ipswich Waterfront has kept many original features, and there are a number of pieces from our past on display throughout the building. This is combined with the sleek new look of the Waterfront which has developed considerably over the last few years.
Isaacs on the Quay offers a vibrant atmosphere, which includes live music covering all genres of music and is a fantastic place to watch live sport, whether that is football, tennis, Formula One, or any other major sporting event.
So, next time you are looking for a welcoming, friendly place to eat or drink in Ipswich that offers a fantastic range of food, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, why not come along and give us a go?
We are busy working on our latest food option, the Isaacs Pizza Bar & Grill, which will open in August. Offering pizza by the slice and a range of grilled, quality fast food, we aim to offer the people of Ipswich another fantastic choice when considering where to dine in the town.
We have teamed-up with Kimmys Mobile Petting Zoo for a Family Fun Day on Tuesday, August 25.
Come and see a selection of animals, including small mammals, reptiles, bugs, plus a jungle display and crafts area.
Please note that we expect this event to be exceptionally popular. We are charging a nominal £1 fee per person for a ticket, which entitles the bearer to entry during an assigned time window.
Some tickets may be available on the day, but due to our firm commitment to the welfare of the animals, we are selling tickets for assigned time slots only, and once we are sold out, no additional tickets will be available for sale, nor can tickets for one time slot be used for another time slot.
Tickets are available from the Isaacs Coffee Tavern, which is open from 0730-2200, seven days a week. If you require any additional information, please call the Events team on 01473 284000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Perfect Sunday in the Summer @ Isaacs
3 great Somersby flavours! 3 pound a bottle! 3 o’clock live music!
3 is the magic number, during our Somersby Sundays, with our new range of Somersby bottled ciders – available in 3 delicious flavours – only £3 each on Sundays!
This great offer is available from this Sunday until the end of September, and is the perfect accompaniment to the great Isaacs Sunday afternoon atmosphere, with live music at 3pm every Sunday!
Please drink responsibly. Isaacs is a family venue.
We are very proud to support national vegetarian week at Isaacs
Here at Isaacs, we like to cater for everyone, including our many vegetarian customers!
Over the past year, we have made concerted efforts to give the people of Ipswich some great veggie options, and for National Vegetarian Week, we are going the extra mile, with a week of vegetarian specials!
You do not need to be a veggie to enjoy these flavoursome dishes – they are delicious in their own right!
So, here is what you have to look forward to from Monday, May 18 – Sunday, May 24:
Roasted Vegetable Panini
Baked Aubergine with couscous, tomato and basil
Quorn Caesar Salad
Broccoli and Stilton Quiche
Loaded Cheese Potato Skins
Caramelised Onion & Goats Cheese Filo Tart
Tomato, Courgette and Halloumi filled Pitta Bread
Battered Quorn Sausages, served with chunky chips
Roasted Vegetable Paella
Homemade Vegetable Burger in a lightly toasted brioche
Roasted Pepper Omelette
Vegetable Suet Pudding, served with roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips and savoy cabbage
We hope you have your eye on a dish or two! Be sure to also take a look at our complete menu!