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A Cafe? A church should be a church!

A nice church with some really good history. Very old bells! Using it for a cafe or alternative use... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2016
Ipswich, United Kingdom

This place is truly amazing and we always go when we want a snack, lunch or just a drink. It can... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2015
Beverley D
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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The 15th-century church has the oldest set of church bells in the world. The church was reopened as a community restaurant and gallery in July 2008. The church's tower features the oldest ring of church bells remaining in the world. The five bells, hung in a modern steel frame for change ringing, are known as "Wolsey's bells", after Cardinal Wolsey who was raised in the area.
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10 Jan 2016
“A Cafe? A church should be a church!”
11 Oct 2015
Dial Lane, Ipswich, England
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

A nice church with some really good history. Very old bells! Using it for a cafe or alternative use is plain silly, like many other Ipswich churches, they should either be a place of worship or demolished and replaced with flats etc.

Thank IpswichGuy
Reviewed 11 October 2015

This place is truly amazing and we always go when we want a snack, lunch or just a drink. It can sometimes feel a little hot inside however the tables are nicely spaced out and everything is on one level with slope to bathrooms so...More

Thank Beverley D
Reviewed 12 August 2015

We usually visit this wonderful old church when in Ipswich as this is where go get the best bacon roll in town. The drinks & other snacks are also good & the staff are always pleasant & the prices are good. Don't be put off...More

Thank Jim G
Reviewed 7 May 2015

Ipswich has an abundance of old churches, and this one was redundant and unused for many years. It has now been transformed into an excellent café but, at the same time, preserving many of the church's original features. The café is light and airy, and...More

Thank mjc404
Reviewed 8 April 2015

This is a redundant church now used as a cafe. It's large and spacious and there is a wonderful skull above a tablet on the wall. Not seen the like anywhere else. Oh, and it has the oldest bells in the world.

Thank camphillian
Reviewed 30 March 2015

The cafe is run as a social enterprise with some disabled staff, so there is the added benefit of supporting a good cause. The food is well cooked and good value for money. Mostly snacks like sandwiches, baguettes, panini, cakes and a soup - but...More

Thank Ruth J
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Sitting in here made me feel humble so much history i thought as i enjoyed my cake and cup of tea ,very fairly priced as well,fantastic stain glass windows, church bells which go back to the 15th Century.very friendly staff lovely place give it a...More

Thank leolion123
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Charming people with excellent food in an incredible setting. You should def' support this special venture

Thank 409Tony1947409
Reviewed 5 September 2014

I am a regular visitor to St.Lawrence. It is very spacious and there is a beautiful stain glass window that is truly beautifu. They have a range of cakes and the scones are talk of the town. The staff are friendly and some of the...More

1  Thank Hattie S
Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

I was impressed to see how big this cafe was inside and there was lots of space for buggys and wheel chairs, this was ideal as some cafes you cannot get into as they are so small and cramped. The menu could do with being...More

Thank johnsmummy
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