Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, England located on the estuary of the River Orwell. It is one of England’s oldest towns, if not the oldest. Under the Roman empire, the area around Ipswich formed an important route inland to rural towns and settlements via the rivers Orwell and Gipping.
The Ship Inn, Levington, near Ipswich is a favourite place to go when we visit my folks. This pub with its thatched cottage dates back to the 13th century. You can still see some of the original ship timbers from which the pub was built.
This small, thatched pub boasts a roaring fire and beams galore, complemented by a interesting range of cask ales, wines and artisan spirits, and a fresh, homemade food menu using the best locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.
The village of Levingon (which had 259 residents in 2011 according to the census!) is on the River Orwell. The local church St Peters, next door to the Ship, is equally as old. It’s well worth a visit followed by a stroll by the River Orwell