Ipswich Beer Guide: Your Ipswich guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

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74 /100 212 WOODBRIDGE ROAD
“Visited 4/1/2020. This pub has closed and reopened a number of times in recent years but is now reopened by the same people who run the Angel in Woodbridge which bodes well. Comfortable pub at the top of Warwick Road, roughly mid-way (with a slight detour) between the Fat Cat and Dove and worth the detour if doing those two (or a visit in its own right even). 10 keg and 9 cask ales, local focus including 3 house beers brewed by a “mystery Suffolk brewer” they won’t reveal who. Nice comfortable surroundings, pleasant service, regular live music, big car park, darts board, kid and dog friendly - it’s good to see it reopened and adding a new (and worthy) option to the east Ipswich scene.“
Grumbo 96 days ago
70 /100 22 LLOYDS AVENUE
“Visited 29/3/2019. Opened late 2018, new venture by the owners of Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester. Similar concept, with the building being multi-level and themed in each level. Ground floor is the main bar, upstairs is a restaurant and grill, and in the basement is a gin bar. Spent most of this visit in the restaurant. Food is good, mainly meat dish focused, along with the decor. Around 20 taps, including two from Other Monkey Brewery which is based was TWM Colchester, and 27 bottles on their bottle list, but was a little disappointed by the range which didn't seem as good as Colchester but will certainly give it a look again and it's a good addition to the central Ipswich beer scene. Very friendly service.“
Grumbo 375 days ago
76 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Visited 8/1/19. We had a mild from the brewery on the other side of the streer, lots of interesting beers on tap, good atmosphere and service, busy at our short visit. Well worth a visit“
gunnar 435 days ago
76 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Visisted on trip to 22 southern counties with OGJ and EE 08.01.18. Nice local bar with twelve ales on cask, all served without sparkler. Friendly atmosphere - except the punter with pink mohawk who grabbed for the buttocks of the barmaid while she was stretching for something in the other direction. Decent selection of intereseting ales.“
Holmen2 457 days ago
64 /100 70 FORE ST
“First place I've been to with Grumbo and Danlo. Open view of the brewery downstairs with a decent open space tap room upstairs. Pretty good selection of regulars and seasonal brews. The barista was attentive and helpful. If in the area why not try the line-up of 3rds.“
SHIG 480 days ago
82 /100
Fat Cat (Bar)
288 SPRING ROAD
“Last stop with Grumbo and Danlo. This place was super busy and to be expected by the vast selection. Very nice view of the casks and pretty well staffed. Lots of heat up in here made my glasses fogged for a hot minute. Pretty solid otherwise.“
SHIG 480 days ago
78 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Dropped by here with Grumbo and Danlo while visiting. Decent tap selection and a couple of their own brews from across the street. Pretty busy in the main bar with locals, but enough space to find a table. Worth a stop if in the area.“
SHIG 480 days ago
78 /100
Fat Cat (Bar)
288 SPRING ROAD
“Very lively pub, a walk out from Centre of Ipswich. The casks are on view in a separate room as you enter, and a steamy sweaty atmosphere once inside. Main bar, has good selection, afew separate rooms and more space outside. Third stop visited with Grumbo & Shig.“
danlo 511 days ago
78 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Traditonal brewpub in Ipswich with good range of beers on cask including one of their own brews and some interesting ciders. Main bar at the front and lots of more rooms inside. Second stop with Grumbo & Shig. Worth visiting.“
danlo 511 days ago
70 /100 70 FORE ST
“Brewpub on the Marina in Ipswich visited with Grumbo & Shig. Brewing vessels are on view downstairs with bar upstairs. Good selection of brewery beers on tap.“
danlo 511 days ago
74 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“The Dove Street Inn empire spans Dove Street, with the pub on the corner of St Helens Road and the brewery, bed and breakfast and newly opened (or soon to be opened?) beer and gin shop opposite. At the back of the pub there’s a sports bar type room dedicated mainly to Ipswich Town Football Club, a patio / yard and a marquee set up as - I think - a music venue. The decor is quite basic and it’s a bit scruffy but in a nice way. With somewhere between 12 and 24 beers on tap I’d been expecting to find a few of their own beers but there were none, nor any sign of activity at the brewhouse. No matter - there was enough to choose from and the service was friendly. (Visited 25 September 2018).“
Boudicca 550 days ago
74 /100 1-3 FORE STREET
“An attractive looking wattle and daub building on the corner of Fore Street, the Spread Eagle showcases Grain beers in a very stylish interior which makes the most of the original layout of the place and its features, such as wooden beams and low ceilings. They are open for coffee from 8am but the bar doesn’t open until midday so they were just preparing the pump clips when we arrived almost on the dot of 12. There were four or five casks on offer, all from Grain. We made our choice and sat outside on the secluded terrace at the back to catch some late September sunshine. (Visited 25 September 2018).“
Boudicca 550 days ago
8 /100 3 KING STREET
“What looks to have been a music venue in a traditional old pub is now closed. There was a sign in the window saying that there had been a “peaceable re-entry” by the landlord / freeholder, which I gather means the lease has been terminated. (Viewed from outside 25 September 2018).“
Boudicca 550 days ago
72 /100 ARCADE STREET
“A pleasant place tucked under the arch where King Street becomes Arcade Street. It’s a low ceilinged old building which has been nicely modernised. There are three small rooms, all painted in a muted grey colour, and one has a window onto a tiny enclosed triangle which has been paved over and filled with garden pots. The service was friendly and the wild flowers in beer bottles on each table added a homely touch. There were four keg and two cask beers, both of them local. (Visited 25 September 2018).“
Boudicca 550 days ago
64 /100 51 CROWN STREET
“One of the better Wetherspoons because it’s a proper pub, rather than a conversion of some other building, next door to the Crown Pools (a swimming pool and leisure centre). The decor is as usual and, as you might expect, there are several cricket related pictures and posters and two signed miniature cricket bats in cases on the wall plus some photos and information about Ipswich Town Football Club. There were about ten hand pumps and the service was very efficient despite there being only one person covering both the bar and the food orders. Breakfast was a steal at £3.40 for the traditional English. (Visited 25 September 2018).“
Boudicca 550 days ago
8 /100 3 KING STREET
“More of a warning than a review. Closed when it should have been open on a Tuesday lunchtime. A legal notice on the door said it had been "peaceably repossessed" by the freeholder. No idea whether that means it's permanently closed but obviously it would be sensible to make further enquiries if planning a visit“
chriso 562 days ago
66 /100 51 CROWN STREET
“Pleasant pubby (because it was obviously a pub in its previous life) Spoons. Doing a roaring trade with the pensioners' breakfast club crowd on our 9am visit. Breakfast was fine. Service was friendly & efficient. 12 handpumps in two banks. One bank is the usual suspects, the other is rotating guests. Only one winner there for me but, as ever, that's down to the luck of the draw. Some Adams craft beers on the keg taps. Plenty of seating outside. Did the job.“
chriso 562 days ago
62 /100 16 ST NICHOLAS STREET
“We visited a few minutes before they closed up for the weekend, which made the salesman a little less than happy until he warmed up to us... Very good selection of local beers, which we didn't find elsewhere. The current focus seems to be on fresh New England IPAs in can as they are getting churned out by anyone and everyone. At the time of our visit there were also two kegs available for 1l and 2l growler fills. The fridges were stocked well for takeaway. There was a very pleasing lack of the standard fillers, which many bottle shops seem to have. This one clearly caters to a young demographic of craft beer drinkers instead of the drunk weekend crowd. If you find yourself in Ipswich, definitely check this out if you need takeway.“
derA 604 days ago
68 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“This was a very welcome surprise in Ipswich, cozy pub indoors, large outdoor seating area and a kind of holding pen for soccer fans with a television. The selection of beers was outstanding for what essentially looks like a normal English pub from the outside. There were a number of interesting ciders, good beers from the pub's own brewery and nice alternatives too. The staff was happy to comply with our requests for 1/3 pints, despite the locals audible gasps. If you find yourself in or near Ipswich, definitely give the Dove a visit to see a very positive example of what a pub should be.“
derA 604 days ago
40 /100 70 FORE ST
“Brewery with taproom and restaurant. We sat in the taproom upstairs but there is also a nice looking outdoor seating area. The taproom part was fairly busy when we were there and the whole thing felt a little corporate-american with all servers running around with radios, which is weird for a small independent brewpub. We should have been alarmed by the number of patrons drinking soda. On a positive note, they do flights of 3x1/3 pint, which allows you to taste their range. I found all of their beers to be middling at best, which made the whole visit a bit less than ideal. Maybe we just hit the wrong day to come here...“
derA 604 days ago
62 /100 3 KING STREET
“Visited 2/12/2017. A centuries old pub in the centre of Ipswich, which has long been at the heart of the alternative music scene, but until recently was not worthy of listing here as somewhere to seek out a decent beer. But they are now making some headway in stocking craft beer and on the evidence of this visit, the first for a while, if you pick your timing (i.e. if you don't like a busy noisy music pub don't go on gig nights), it's worth a visit if out for a few beers in Ipswich. Not at ale pub, whilst they do normally have a couple there was nothing on today, but craft wise there were a couple of taps from Station 119 for example, and a good selection of cans from Beavertown and Wild Weather amongst others. Updated 4/1/2020. Now reopened as Swan & Hedgehog. Offering 4-5 quite mainstream cask ales and small selection of quite uninteresting bottles. Has lost its ‘grunge’ element and with it much of its character.“
Grumbo 859 days ago
70 /100 78-80 NEW CUT WEST
“Just south of the town centre, in the marina area, this is a traditional public house dating back well over 150 years and located close to the impressive Grade 2 listed Felaw Malting buildings which was one the largest traditional malting sites ever built in East Anglia. Offers ever changing range of 4 real ales, 10 other taps which is a mix of usual fare and more interesting craft, a couple of ciders and some less interesting bottles. L shaped bar with plenty of seating, and an attractive sun-trap patio garden. Good quality quite inexpensive pub food available. Also well known for its music scene. Current landlords took over in 2014 and plans included a microbrewery on site but not sure if/when that's going to happen.“
Grumbo 859 days ago
68 /100 16 ST NICHOLAS STREET
“Finally Ipswich has a bottle shop. And it's in one of the Towns prime locations, in one of the main boutique/restaurant areas. Good opening hours. Start-up stock is good, a mix of craft and real ale, though more focused on the former. Plans to increase the stock levels when established. Off to a good start.“
Grumbo 887 days ago
62 /100 9 HENLEY ROAD
“This used to be one of the main pubs I would go to as I worked close by. First visit for a while. It’s a nice pub, and always pretty busy. Quality food, if a little pricey. Decent range of Adnams beers available which are what they are. They are pricey too. Normally a guest or two available. Not worth seeking out for beer selection but it’s certainly one of the better food pubs in central Ipswich.“
Grumbo 995 days ago
58 /100 51 CROWN STREET
“(From my archive:) Busy pub with changing real ale interesting microbrews. Decent food. Service a bit slow though, staff seemed not to take much interest in what they were doing.“
Sigmund 1072 days ago
72 /100 1-3 FORE STREET
“This pub has a nice selection of mostly Grain beers on both cask and keg along with a few guests. The beers were well kept and of good quality. Friendly staff.“
Rasmus40 1148 days ago
70 /100 70 FORE ST
“Nice place 2nd floor with good selection of their own brews.“
saxo 1149 days ago
68 /100 1-3 FORE STREET
“Visited a wednesday evening and there where just few other guests there. 12 or so taps, Grains on most of the tap, and few guests. Of the beer we had quality was good, nice looking and tasting. Good service and prices.“
Camons 1149 days ago
74 /100 1-3 FORE STREET
“Good selection of Grain casks. Good quality beers and nice service.“
saxo 1149 days ago
74 /100 69 ST. MATTHEW’S STREET
“Nice modern place. Good selection of casks and bag in box ciders. Good service.“
saxo 1149 days ago
74 /100 69 ST. MATTHEW’S STREET
“Cozy pub with a good range of beers in good condition. They have a mix of their own beers and guest beers and a couple of ciders and perrys as well.“
Rasmus40 1149 days ago
58 /100 70 FORE ST
“Bar on first floor over the brewery. Looks a little like an american dinner. 10 or so taps, 8 of the house beers on, a geust or 2. Quality of beers was on average on best, most was rather buttery. Nice and helpfull service. Fine prices.“
Camons 1149 days ago
54 /100 70 FORE ST
“This place looks like a mix of a pub and an American diner. Their own beers are not good. I had eight of them and six of them were buttery. I did have one of the guest beers, which was fine, so I guess it may have more to do with the product than the handling. Service was fine. Not coming back here for their own beers.“
Rasmus40 1149 days ago
72 /100 69 ST. MATTHEW’S STREET
“Nice bar, lots of wood, leather. Looks rather old but actually is only around 8 years old. 15 or so cask, some ciders aswell. A few from the house. brewery, rest geusts. Good service and prices. Nice music aka Motorhead on at our visit.“
Camons 1149 days ago
74 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Cozy dark brown pub. Good selection of cask ales and ciders from both local breweries and breweries further away with a good mix of styles. Had a good curry for supper.“
Rasmus40 1149 days ago
74 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Nice cozy tavern with good choices of bag in a box ciders and cask beers. Good choice of bottles as well. Can get curry and chili if you are hungry.“
saxo 1149 days ago
74 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“Cozy old school pub, lots of dark wood, several small rooms with the bar in the first room as you enter. Large number of taps, a bit hard to get a overview of whats on, some bag in bag ciders in the backroom aswell. Had dinner here, curry and chilli, wich was OK but not the great. Good service and a generally good wipe. Nice prices to.“
Camons 1149 days ago
66 /100 81 FORE STREET
“First visit for many years. Used to frequent regularly as worked close by. Five Adnams ales available, good atmosphere, it’s a pub that deserves to do well but it has a lot more competition in town these days.“
Grumbo 1175 days ago
62 /100 51 CROWN STREET
“It’s a decent JDW pub this, food is good standard, service pretty good, crowd is typical JDW a good mix of locals and characters. Beer is well kept, range can be a bit too local for my liking, but seems to be improving again. They’ve done a lot of work to the outside recently, on a sunny day it’s the best beer garden in the town.“
Grumbo 1175 days ago
84 /100
Fat Cat (Bar)
288 SPRING ROAD
“Visited on the evening of 29/12/2016, when it was extremely busy - standing room only. An excellent pub, with choice of 12 ales, which varied from local brews such as Adnams and Earl Soham, to national ones such as Tribute and Doom Bar. Prices and quality were good, service friendly and ambiance excellent. I would visit regularly except for the unfortunate reason that I live on the other side of the country.“
downender 1195 days ago
72 /100 51 CROWN STREET
“By far the best beer place I found at my visit in Ipswich. A rather big and modern looking spoon pub. Also a fine patio you can enjoy your beer. Ok cask selection. Not only flat golden ale. Nice bottle/can selection. Some solid American IPA that saved our trip. Absolutely a recommendable place.“
Cunningham 1228 days ago
60 /100 69 ST. MATTHEW’S STREET
“A nice and cool place. 15 min walk from The Train Station. Rare interior. A quite large cask selection. But…..not many really good ones….unfortunately…. The Cricketers 5 min down the road have a far better beer selection!“
Cunningham 1228 days ago
64 /100 76 ST HELENS STREET
“First of all: This is a really nice and cousy place. And it COULD have been a solid beer place also. If they only had 2-3 flat golden ale. That would be ok. Almost all beers where flat golden ale. My goodness. Almost no bottle selection either. Found a couple of ok beer. Had to choose cider to get something decent. Nice patio, and you can eat here. Barbeque in the backyard.“
Cunningham 1228 days ago
58 /100 81 FORE STREET
“Across the road to Briarbank Brewery. A quite nice and cousy pub with a nice selection of Adnams ale. You can also eat here.“
Cunningham 1228 days ago
58 /100 70 FORE ST
“Quite easy to find. About 15 walk from the train station. Brewery downstairs and tap room upstairs. Relaxed and friendly place, and also a fine patio. Also food if you are hungry. But I must sadly enough admit that the beer scene is not that high standard. Tried 4, and one of them was fairly decent…. Go for the bottles if you do not enjoy flat ale!“
Cunningham 1228 days ago
80 /100 ARCADE STREET
“Ipswich was lacking a place like this and it is still quite unique, locally, in its offering. Half a dozen taps and 100+ bottles. Attracts a mostly trendy/fairly affluent crowd. Not cheap, but not expensive for what it’s doing. Service is good. Can get very busy on popular evenings. Find it better to visit at quieter times to enjoy the service and be able to take time over the selection.“
Grumbo 1287 days ago
82 /100 1-3 FORE STREET
“Grain brewery’s first venture south of the border (the Norfolk/Suffolk border that is) and they have reopened and restored the Spread Eagle to arguably better than its former best. Have up to 6 of their own beers available on cask, 8 keg beers (including contrasting keg versions of a couple of their cask ales) and a varied selection of about 35 bottled and canned beers. Big patio beer garden at the back. Food is limited to sausage rolls but they are homemade and excellent.“
Grumbo 1301 days ago
78 /100 69 ST. MATTHEW’S STREET
“Serves up to 18 ales straight from casks situated behind the bar, along with real ciders and a couple of taps for European lagers. A small selection of German bottles available. Ales are a mix of St Judes own beers and guest ales, some locale. The decor and atmosphere, by design, is as a ’spit and sawdust’ tavern (a far cry from its previous use as a photography studio). Slightly outside of town centre surrounded by mainly ethnic stores and take-away shops but is well worth discovering.“
Grumbo 1313 days ago
74 /100 70 FORE ST
“Brewery downstairs with good sized, comfortable, upstairs tap room along with outside seating courtyard area. Their range of beers are average to good, the black horse stout being my favourite. Food is good, service efficient, prices reasonable. A valued addition to Ipswich’s beer scene when it opened in 2013 and a must visit if in Ipswich.“
Grumbo 1313 days ago
74 /100 70 FORE ST
“Visited on a Saturday, unfortunately driving. Nice area outside in the sun - full of people having a good time. Generally good vibe. Plenty of Briarbank beers available cask and a couple on keg, bottles as well. A few guest beers dotted about. Bottles can be purchased to take away. The stout ice cream was well made and really tasted of stout. Nice one!“
madmitch76 1672 days ago