Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. 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 difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Ipswich County of Suffolk
Ipswich County of Suffolk
formerly County Hotel, 29 Bar & Restaurant
Real Ale is sold here.
29 St Helen's St, IP4 1HH
grid reference TM 168 445
opened 17th century
After undergoing a complete refurbishment this free house now operates as a bar and grill. At the moment (Jan 2018) it is a bar only but is hoped to start food again soon. The main single split level bar area includes a tasteful lounge area to one side and a separate seating area for diners.
This is a Grade 2 listed building with an attractive Georgian façade, that overlooks the former County court buildings and county gallows (opposite) which were later used as council offices (until 2006). One of the most famous cases heard at the court was the divorce of Mrs Simpson in Oct 1936 which led to the abdication of King Edward VIII.
The building dates from two periods in the 19th century.…
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Family friendly
- Separate bar
- Smoking area: Small seating area outside
- WiFi available: Free
Railway station about 1.0 mile away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Died on the 8th from convolutions Alice May, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W S Whittle, County Hotel.Ipswich Journal, October 1880**
Married on the 13th January 1875, Mr William Simeon Whittle, of the County Hotel, Ipswich to Agnes Baker, youngest daughter of Mr Edward Baker, of the Prince of Wales Inn, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket.Ipswich Journal, January 1875**
The pub was purchased by Adnams & Co in about 1990 from Tolly Cobbold. It was said to be the only Adnams' pub in Ipswich that sold the brewery's entire range of beers.
It re-opened June 2010 after a year or more of closure after being sold off by Adnams plc.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)