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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now been allowed to reopen. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Ipswich Cock & Pye

Ipswich Cock & Pye

formerly Posada, Cock & Magpie?

The pub will reopen as soon as indoors service is permitted.

Real Ale is sold here.

13 Upper Brook St, IP4 1EG

grid reference TM 164 445

opened 16th century

owner/operator: Greene King

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(01473) 254213

(01473) 254213

A town centre pub with a nice façade but a heavily altered interior. It's a popular venue for live sport on TV and music at weekends.

This is one of Ipswich's most ancient pubs; one of only 24 to appear on a town assessment of 1689. It seems that it was formerly far more extensive than the current building.

The pub has a toilet for disabled customers.

The Cock & Magpie reference may be fanciful.

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Footnote

We are grateful to Charlie Haylock who has helped to clarify the current debate on the possible origins of this name:

It may originate from an ancient oath 'by cock and pie' - an allusion to a gastronomical dish once created for banquets of chivalry - peacock pie as illustrated in the current pub sign and included a guilded head at one end and a fanned tail at the other - and marked solemn occasion when knights-errant would pledge themselves to hazardous undertakings or enterprises.

Otherwise and increasingly more likely it could be as a result of the oath “Cock and Pye” that was common in Elizabethan times together with other references in medieval writing where they sometimes used “Cock” as a euphemism for “God” . . . and “Pye” as a very common nickname for the Ordinal.

This second version of the origins is also supported by Prof. A.D. Mills who is an authority on English language from Anglo-Saxon times to present day.

(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)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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