formerly Butcher & Compasses
Due to the latest government regulations, pubs currently have to close by 10pm. Opening hours displayed on this page may not take account of this change.
Pub has reopened. Current opening hours:
Wed-Fri: 1200-1400, 1800-2000
Sat: all day
Real Ale is sold here.
Ipswich Rd (B1080), IP9 2QR
grid reference TM 169 363
bar / diner, opened 13th century
owner/operator: Patron Capital
A split level pub with a large bar and separate restaurant.
The pub also has undercover outdoor seating on decking at the front of he pub.
They can host private parties of up to 45 people, by arrangement, up to 45.
A garden is to the side of the pub, with a children's play area. There's occasional live music.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cask Marque accredited
- Family friendly
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Smoking area: outside the front of the pub
- Traditional pub games available: Crib teams
- WiFi available: Free
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
George Finch was found guilty of stealing 40 guineas and half guineas from a Mrs Sarah White with whom he lodged. A number of witnesses came forward to tell of Finch's free spending including William Herbert, landlord of the Compasses, Holbrook and also a butcher, who said that Finch came to him for some meat but had no money. The next morning at 8 o'clock he returned and had 2 pints of purl; he changed an old guinea and paid for his beer and meat. William's wife Sarah also told of changing at least 4 guineas for Finch. Finch confessed and was sentenced to 7 years transportation.Ipswich Journal, March 1825**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)