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In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.

A number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.

If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

Ipswich Rainbow Hotel

Ipswich Rainbow Hotel

closed 6th November 1961.

last owner/operator: Tolly Cobbold

2-4 St Matthew's St

grid reference TM 159 447

This prominent pub famously closed soon after a murder occurred on the premises. It's since been demolished; the road junction is now much wider.

Popular with many US service men at a time when the USAF was rather racially segregated. The white folks went to the Queens Head and the coloured servicemen took over the Rainbow. I saw a few fights and the Military Police used to turn up and throw the drunks in the back of a van. They were then grounded on the base for a while.Ian Johnson

The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map

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Footnote

Nearby, Hyde Park Corner is a name given to the junction of Crown St, St Matthew's St and Westgate St.

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

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

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