Allen Gardiner River
Cruise RestaurantIpswich
Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurants
Ipswich Haven Marina
East Cut
Ipswich Wet Dock Berth BB3
Suffolk IP3 0EA


There are two River Cruise restaurant boats operating in the Ipswich area. They are the Allen Gardiner and the Lady Florence. They are both operated by the same company - the Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurants.

Each boat offers a different cruising and eating experience. The Allen Gardiner specialises in Brunch, Lunch, Sunset & Candlelit Dinner Cruises for a maximum of twelve passengers while cruising on the River Orwell. There is a fully stocked bar on board.

The Boat
The boat leaves from the Ipswich Wet Dock at the historic Ipswich Waterfront. It is a large wooden boat built in 1942 for the South African Air Force as a high speed air/sea rescue launch known as a ‘crash-boat’. After the war she sold to the private sector and in 2002 became a restaurant cruise boat in Durban Harbour. She spent eighty years of her service in South Africa before being based in Ipswich.
The boat has a commercial catering galley and prepares the foods on board from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Some of the dishes have a South African slant, and the small but comprehensive wine list has some South African wines reflecting the ships heritage.
Plan your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Lastminute here:
09:30 – 11:50 Brunch or make it a champagne brunch
12:00 – 16:00 A la carte Lunch
16:00 – 19:30 A la carte Candlelit Dinner
19:00 – 22:30 A la carte Candlelit Dinner
Cruises run every day including Christmas Day.
The River Orwell is a river of contrasts from the tranquil Suffolk scenery to the bustling international ports at Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich. Every cruise includes an informative commentary on both the intriguing history of the river and its environs and the wildlife which now inhabits it.
Up to date information is available at: 
Disabled Access
Accessible. There are no steps or stairs and the toilets are at deck level.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1473 558 712
Telephone  +44 (0)7831 698 298
Getting There
- By Car
The berth is on the opposite side of the Wet Dock to the Waterfront and the University. Please note that you will need an Ipswich Haven Marina car parking permit. Please board the Allen Gardiner, obtain a permit and display it in your car.
Parking is free
Detailed directions for locating the boat are available on  Web:   Find the Allen Gardiner


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