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Photo of Portobello Inn

grid reference TM 167 444

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last updated 04/01/2019

Ipswich Portobello Inn

also traded as as: Porto Bello

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed September 28th, 1907

39 Upper Orwell St

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The building has suffered some re-modelling since it was an inn; the upper floor used to have a substantial over-hang.

It can be seen here on an 1881 map of Ipswich.

map of Portobello

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

(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)


Probably named after capture of Porto Bello by Admiral Vernon in 1739. Later the Admiral was MP for Ipswich from 1741-60. The admiral lived in Orwell Park and was popular locally but will also be long remembered for watering down Navy Rum, for which he was also known as "old grog".