Lady Florence
River Cruise RestaurantIpswich
Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurants
Orford Quay
Quay Street
Orford
Suffolk IP12 2NU

 

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

Each boat offers a different cruising and eating experience. The Lady Florence combines a pleasant cruise on the Rivers Alde and Ore with fine food. It offers cruises with Brunch, Lunch or Dinner (summer evenings only) for a maximum of 12 passengers. The food is locally sourced and prepared on board. There is a fully stocked licensed bar and a small but comprehensive wine list.

The Route
The Lady Florence leaves Orford Quay with its fine views of the 12th Century Norman Castle and 14th Century Church, and cruises an area rich in both wildlife and history. Every cruise includes a circumnavigation of the RSPB’s Havergate Island bird sanctuary, famous for its avocet – the graceful wader adopted as the RSPB’s emblem.
 
The Brunch Cruise explores the Rivers Alde and Ore. It travels downstream [to the southern end of Havergate Island where breakfast is served. The boat turns and returns upstream to Aldeburgh before returning to Orford.
 
The Lunch and Dinner Cruises leave Orford quay and cruise upstream past Aldeburgh to within sight of Iken and Snape. The boat turns where there are large country houses, with lawns sloping down to the water’s edge, and that is when the meal is served.
 
The Lady Florence returns past Havergate Island and the entire length of Orford Ness, turning at Shingle Street, where the river enters the North Sea amidst rolling surf, racing tides and barren shingle banks – a scene of wilderness and desolation.
 
On all cruises a fully stocked bar is available and there is an informative commentary throughout.
 
The Boat
Lady Florence is a fine wooden ex-Admiralty motor fishing vessel (MFV). She is one of over 1000 built during World War II as supply boats. She is a registered British Ship, Official Number 361575 and has an Ensign Permit to wear the red ensign of Her Majesty as defaced with the badge of the National Historic ships.
 
She has a fascinating history: Built in Poole during 1944, she was launched “MFV 766″ and served initially at Glasson Dock in Lancashire, then from 1947 out of Plymouth and then Portsmouth from 1955. In 1963 she transferred to Sea Cadets at Midhurst Sussex, then Hove from 1969. In 1971 she went into private hands.
 
Then there is a gap in the history from 1971 to 1977, in which year she was registered as a British Ship, named Margaret Jane, and was back at Glasson Dock. In 1983 she was sold to private owners in Woodbridge where she was renamed Lady Florence. In 1984 she started work as the flagship of the Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurants operating out of Orford.
 
Plan your Visit 
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Cruises
Cruises run every day including Christmas Day. There is ample space both on the open deck and in the dining saloon plus a cosy fire during winter. As well as their meal, passengers are treated to an informative commentary about the history of the area and the wildlife.
 
09.30 – 11:50 Brunch or make it a Champagne Brunch (All year)
12:00 – 15:30 A la Carte Lunch (All year)
16.00 – 19:30 A la Carte Dinner (April to August inclusive)
Dinner times can change dependent upon sunset. 
 
Prices
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone   07831 698 298
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Getting There
- By Car
There is a large ‘Pay-& Display’ car park on the left just before Orford Quay.
 
Detailed ‘Getting There’ directions are at  Web: How to Find Lady Florence