The Gallery is a contemporary bar hidden down Wherry Lane, just off the Ipswich Waterfront. But whilst The Gallery may be a new bar, the building it resides in is anything but new. In fact, it’s a Grade I and Grade II* listed building, with plenty of history, and you’ll find many original features inside, including the magnificent exposed timber beams.

The Gallery offers the perfect place to meet with friends and family. With our carefully designed wine and champagne menu, through to our bottles of crafted beer, spirits and cocktail menus, you’re sure to find something that suits. Plus, you can also grab a bite to eat with our small bite menu, designed by our highly talented chefs to complement the drinks.

When dining at The Gallery, you’ll be waited on hand and foot, as all service is done at your table. We’d recommend booking to avoid disappointment, but of course, walk-ins will be welcome, and we’ll try our best to accommodate you.


The Grade I and Grade II* listed building is part of the Isaac Lord Merchant Quarter, which has a long industrial past. Used for trading coal and corn until the 1980s, The Gallery section of the building is thought to have been used for storage.

More Recent Years

In more recent years, the building was home to the John Russell Gallery for over a decade. Homing many paintings and sculptures from artists in the East Anglian region, it was the longest established contemporary art gallery in the area until its doors closed in 2018.

The building still offers the perfect space to showcase art, and staying true to its name; you’ll find many paintings on display from local artists when you visit The Gallery.