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Important Covid information

Although the latest lockdown has now ended, Suffolk remains in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with "substantial" meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.

Many pubs which are unable to reopen yet (and some that have reopened) are selling food and drink to take away. These are listed on this page.

Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.

Ipswich Lock Tavern

Ipswich Lock Tavern

also traded as Dock Tavern, Westgate's Commercial Hotel

closed 11th September 1955

New Cut East

grid reference TM 167 438

The former Lock Tavern was converted In to two flats and a house In the late 1950s, and subsequently demolished. Many thanks to Derrick Elliston who writes "I lived In The Ground Flat With My Parents. My Father Was A Boat Man For The Dock Commission."

According to the book "A Victorian Vision, the building of Ipswich Wet Dock", the Lock Tavern started out as Westgate's Commercial Hotel.

The name refers to the original lock which is visible on this map as an indentation on the New Cut West side, not the current one.

The pub is shown on this OS town plan of 1883.old OS map

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

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