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    Where Did Pizza Originate?

    We thought you might like to find out the history of the fabulous piece of  pizza available in Pizza Al Taglio

    ipswich pizzaAlthough 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.

    Pizza from Procida Napoli a different waterfront but same great taste, ipswich pizza

    Pizza from Procida Napoli a different waterfront but same great taste.

    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 tom basil, ipswich pizzathey 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.

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    A Great Place to Eat in Ipswich – Isaacs

    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.

    place to eat in ipswich, ipswich waterfrontFast 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.

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    Family Fun Day

    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.

    isaacs, ipswich fun dayPlease 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

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    Somersby Sundays at Isaacs!

    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.

    drinkaware, Somersby ciders

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    National Vegetarian Week at Isaacs

    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:

    Monday 18thnational vegetarian week, ipswich vegetarian food
    Mushroom Stroganoff
    Roasted Vegetable Panini

    Tuesday 19th
    Baked Aubergine with couscous, tomato and basil
    Quorn Caesar Salad

    Wednesday 20th
    Broccoli and Stilton Quiche
    Loaded Cheese Potato Skins

    Thursday 21st
    Caramelised Onion & Goats Cheese Filo Tart
    Tomato, Courgette and Halloumi filled Pitta Bread

    Friday 22nd
    Battered Quorn Sausages, served with chunky chips
    Roasted Vegetable Paella

    Saturday 23rd
    Homemade Vegetable Burger in a lightly toasted brioche
    Roasted Pepper Omelette

    Sunday 24th
    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!

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    Isaacs a family friendly venue

    What makes a family friendly restaurant?

    Eating out is one of life’s many pleasures and it is great for children to be able to be involved from a young age.  Socialising with friends and family over food is a lovely way to celebrate a special occasion or even just to spend some quality time together.

    However, choosing the right venue when children are involved is not always easy and eating out with children can become an ordeal.  There are a number of things to consider and sometimes it is the little things that can make a big difference.

    The Menu

    This is a big deciding factor when choosing somewhere to eat with children.  Firstly, the menu should be available online as it is always a good idea to check the menu before taking children to a new place.  The kids’ menu should include some healthy options but needs to be tasty and appealing to the younger guests as well as the parents.


    As we are all aware, children can be very fussy creatures or have odd preferences!  A good, child friendly restaurant will be happy to swap or slightly amend items on the menu if requested.  For example, swapping mash for chips, not putting gravy on a roast or maybe serving the pasta sauce on the side of the pasta instead of all over it.

    High Chairs and Booster Seats

    Depending on the age of your child, make sure the restaurant has either high chairs or booster seats available if you need them.  Very small children will often fidget or not stay seated if they are on an adult chair and they can’t reach the table properly.

    Filling the wait!

    Does the restaurant have something for the children to do while they wait, either at the start of the meal or in between courses?  Many places will have crayons and an activity sheet or a copy of the kids’ menu that they can colour in or decorate.  It also helps if you don’t have to wait too long for your food, so it may be a good idea to avoid peak times.


    Children can be very clumsy and accidents are inevitable.  If the restaurant you are going to only serves drinks in glasses, it may be advisable to take a plastic cup with a lid and straw for your child.

    Are Children Welcome?

    If the atmosphere and staff are not very child friendly, the children will soon pick up on this and be uncomfortable.  Make sure they are friendly, welcoming, make the children feel included and are happy to offer helpful suggestions.


    Baby changing facilities should be provided and should be clean and welcoming.  There have also been numerous debates on breast feeding in public places such as restaurants over the last couple of years.  If you are breast feeding, it may be worth checking with the restaurant beforehand to find out whether they can offer a quiet, comfy area away from the main restaurant.

    Isaacs on the Quay is a very friendly bar and restaurant.  Our menu includes a good selection for younger guests and we really work hard to make sure we stay family friendly. We are a safe venue, where the whole family is most welcome.

    Easter Eggs
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    Here comes Easter

    Easter is sneaking up!

    That’s right, the Easter period is only a few days away, so what is happening at Isaacs and The Briarbank Bar?

    Maundy Thursday is always a blast, as we stay open late and see in Good Friday with style. The Blarney Rovers are live on Good Friday at 3pm, followed by a crucial match for Ipswich – live on the big screen – at 5.15pm. It’s definitely going to be a good Friday, but if Town claim all three points, that’s a great Friday in our books.

    On Saturday, the Briarbank Bar’s beer festival (April 2 – April 6) takes centre stage, with Annika Rands performing live from 1.30pm, and then to take you into the evening and get everyone dancing, the brilliant Silbury Hill get underway at 5pm. DJ Luke Driver then takes over in the Isaacs Merchant Bar, playing your requests from 8pm until 1am.

    There is great live music at Isaacs on both Sunday and Monday at our traditional time of 3pm. On Sunday, independent pop band, Fagan, are live, whilst on Sunday, The Candy Girls join us for a fun, retro performance. Both of these acts are ideal for families, and children are very much welcome to enjoy themselves in our relaxed atmosphere.

    We will be serving our main menu and specials through until 10pm as always throughout Easter, so come and join us for a fun time as always! We open the bar for drinks from 1130am during the week, and at 11am at the weekend and on Bank Holidays.

    Our full calendar, including live sport, is available at

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    Dublin Porter at Isaacs

    Dublin Porter at Isaacs

    Dublin Porter at IsaacsWith a bold, modern take on the historic Guinness recipe, Dublin Porter will appeal to drinkers who are looking for something with enhanced refreshment and a sweeter taste. This new porter harkens back to the early days of Guinness, when in the late 18th century, ale was phased out by the company in favour of porter. This decision was made as a result of the high volume of dark beers being shipped in to Ireland from England.

    Ironically, porter was a style of beer invented in England earlier in the 18th century, earning its name due to its popularity with the porters working in London. During this period, the strongest beer in a brewery was known as stout, and the strongest versions of porter were called stout porter.

    As a throwback to its incredible legacy, Guinness has now opened an experimental brewery in Dublin, where a small team work on former recipes, albeit with a contemporary twist. From this brewery, Dublin Porter emerged, and is now available on draught at Isaacs on the Quay.

    For holders of the free Isaacs App, you can show your friendly server your Isaacs App Dublin Porter voucher, and until May 8th, you can take advantage of a rather generous 20% off a pint! Please drink responsibly.

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    Comedy on the Quay

    Comedy on Ipswich Waterfront

    We are really looking forward to welcoming Big Cheese Comedy to Isaacs on St. George’s Day, Thursday, April 23 at 8pm. It’s a free event and we have a fantastic line-up of top-notch comedy for you!

    Brian Damage & Krysstal, Ipswich ComedyBrian Damage & Krysstal

    Since meeting at The Edinburgh Festival in 2000, Brian & Krysstal have entertained and delighted all kinds of audiences at comedy clubs, cabaret nights, festivals, corporate and private functions in locations far and wide. Regular fixtures at The Edinburgh Festival for eight years, the duo have worked all over the UK as well as Germany, South Africa, Gozo, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and of course, Peckham. Brian is infamously grumpy and deadpan, while his assistant is glamorous but ditzy. The combination is unique and very funny. Their timing is exquisite, their humour dry and sometimes bawdy. Brian & Krysstal’s first CD “Silly Songs” was recorded in 2001 and is available on iTunes.



    Jay Sodegar, Ipswich ComedyJay Sodegar

    Social Conscience Comedy, this genre underlines observational, political and straight stand-up, and he likes to make people think about his material after they’ve laughed. He was heavily involved with Comedy Improvisation, as part of the first all Asian Improv Team, which now tours Canada and the US. Writing is a passion of Jay’s and he also made a short film and entered it into a major short film competition, making it through to the final. In the little spare time he has, Jay teaches Stand-up comedy. He has appeared everywhere from tiny comedy clubs to large theatres to television and even around the world, including France, Croatia, New York and LA.

    For more information on St. George’s Day at Isaacs, click here.

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    St. George’s Day, Thursday April 23rd at Isaacs!

    And now for something completely different – St Georges Day

    Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England. Whilst it is not an official national holiday in England, there is nothing to stop us throwing a party and celebrating!

    How to celebrate exactly? After all, celebrations of Englishness don’t follow the familiar patterns of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve taken this as an opportunity to celebrate the event in Isaacs style. Indeed, as a wise Python once said, “And now for something completely different.”

    Yes, we thought that we would celebrate one aspect of Englishness that is world-renowned. No, not missing penalties (how dare you!), but the fantastic English sense of humour! And how are we going about this, you may ask? By laying on a free comedy night to get you bent over in stitches!

    Whilst Isaacs will be ready to celebrate good old St. George from the moment our doors open for breakfast at 7.30am, the real laughs get underway at 8pm, with professional comedians from Big Cheese Comedy performing live on the microphone in the Merchant Bar. Hecklers, you have been warned!

    Now, we did say that the day is the feast of Saint George, and surely laughing (much like drinking) on an empty stomach is not advisable! So, we’re providing the type of patriotic specials that would give any person the required strength to slay a dragon!

    On the specials board and available from 11.30am – 10pm:

    * Ploughman’s Platter (vegetarian and gluten free options available)
    * The Full English Breakfast (available all day, for one day only!)
    * Rhubarb Crumble

    Of course, our main menu will be operating as usual, and don’t forget that we have some classic English dishes on all of the time, including Cod & Chips, Hog Roast Pork, Suffolk Ham, and The Ipswich Pie, not to mention desserts, including Cheese & Biscuits!

    So, come on down to Isaacs on Thursday, April 23, for Comedy on the Quay and the best of England! The fun and celebrations will go on all day, with our special comedy night kicking-off at 8pm.