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“Good Food and Good Value”
Review of Orwell Crossing

Orwell Crossing
Ranked #297 of 443 Restaurants in Ipswich
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A home from home for anybody on the road network from lorry driver to family’s looking for value rest stop family run and local produce cooked in house 24hour restaurant for the motorist. Like the old time coach house before big business put profit before service and quality it’s good because we care! “If we can improve we will”
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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821 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
“Good Food and Good Value”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Used the restaurant for Breakfast whilst visiting the Crowfield Rally with family, the breakfast was plentiful and freshly cooked and with Toast and a large coffee was good value for money. This is no greasy spoon this is at the top end of truck stop facilities and hope that they get supported by the trucking community.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great place to eat as always.”
Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Stopped off for Sunday lunch. Had the all you can eat carvery for £5.99. Kids had the macaroni cheese. All food hot. I then had the home made chocolate and orange cake and a coffee for £2.50. Staff were very polite and helpful.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank PaulaandLily
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“So much potenial not realised...”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We've been to the Orwell Crossing several times. To be honest, the food isn't at all bad but not quite as gourmet as the management's pictures on this Trip Advisor would suggest.

The reviewer who mentioned that there's no atmosphere is completely right. Saturday morning at 11am and the place should be buzzing. Instead, there are a couple of tables occupied in this cavernous dining room. It's all looking a bit tacky with run-down furniture, although the decor is nice.

The waiting staff are polite enough but, when not serving customers, hang around looking like they'd really rather be somewhere else.

Also, why not serve a brunch menu at weekends? I can't think of many people who want a carvery meal at 11am! It seems that Orwell Crossing can't decide whether it wants to be a family restaurant or a truck-stop. Other than some adverse publicity in the local rags a few years ago, the place isn't marketed at all, which is a real shame as it has potential to be a real money-spinner for someone.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Paul P
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“PRIVATE NEW YEARS EVE PARTY”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Very clean especially the restrooms,staff friendly and helpful.The food was well cooked,hot and tasty,not haute cuisine but honest every day nosh .Very nice atmosphere i plan to return very soon.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Debbie P
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Sorry pressed wrong key.”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Meant to give "poor" rating. Had wanted to visit for some time. Eventually went with girlfriend for lunch. SO DISSAPOINTED. Although very charming Polish carver ( would return to see him again!) vegetables not very hot and yorkshire puddings cold.Meat fine but thats about all. Did not stay for pudding. Absolutely NO atmosphere at all, although some Christmas decorations. Rather cold too, but it was a cold day. Have eaten in several "transport" restaurants in Spain and Portugal so had high hopes. Sadly these were dashed! What a letdown.

Visited December 2012
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Thank gadabout70
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