Walton Half Moon
Walton Half Moon
formerly Tap & Spile
North East, 51.97309,1.33672
Real Ale is sold here.
303 High St, IP11 9QL
grid reference TM 292 357
traditional bar, opened 18th century
An excellent traditional, two bar community pub with quiz nights, darts, a selection of books for customers to read. It is a meeting place for local groups of all kinds. There are no gaming machines or music.
Recently improvements to the garden have included demolishing the long disused outside toilets and store to provide space for a new pagoda. Food is now available lunchtimes with four Adnams beers plus a guest ale.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Real fire
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available
Railway station about 0.8 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
One landlord late in the 20th century revelled in the name Felix Stowe. Apparently this caused him considerable problems with the police.
To be lett and enter'd upon at Michaelmas next, the Half-Moon at Walton, an old accustom'd Inn. Enquire of Mr John Jackson of the same Town.Ipswich Journal, August 4th 1739***
To be sold by auction, all that well accustomed and substantial brick built public house, called the Half Moon, situate in Walton Street, between Trimley and Felixstowe. The house contains a great parlour, 21ft by 15ft; a large kitchen; an excellent bar and bar room; a back parlour; a back house; pantry and closets; a lean to coal and wood house; 5 good chambers; an excellent cellar and wine vaults…
Tap & Spile was created as a national chain of themed and heavily branded pubs - created from existing selected pubs usually owned by the former Pubmaster pub group. Initially these pubs were very popular and able to offer a very wide range of real ales though in later years the beer range was increasingly restricted. In Suffolk there were just 3 pubs - in Ipswich, Felixstowe (Walton) and Woodbridge.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)