formerly Town House, Millars
Real Ale is sold here.
51 Crown St, IP1 3JA
grid reference TM 163 448
bar / diner, opened 1930s
A large town centre "Tolly Folly" pub opposite the Tower Ramparts bus station, operated by JD Wetherspoon.
It has various seating areas around a central bar and kitchen and is popular at most times of the day. The patio area to the side includes a heated smoking area. There are regular beer festivals.
The pub has a toilet for disabled customers.
50p per pint discount for CAMRA members with voucher and 20% discount on food to CAMRA members.
- Accepts CAMRA discount vouchers
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer festivals: several a year
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cider (real draught, not keg) available
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Parking: pay and display at rear of pub.
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Restaurant or separate dining area: area to rear of pub
- Separate bar
- Smoking area
- Traditional pub games available
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Railway station about 0.8 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
May also be listed at 93-95 Crown St.
An earlier building, also called the Cricketers Inn was located to the rear of the site on a road junction that has now disappeared.
In the June/July 1981 edition of Last Orders*** it was reported that the Town House then had Tolly beers on handpump (marking a return to selling real ale).
Once known as a "Tolly Folly". In the 1930s the Tollemache brewery underwent a large expansion, first taking over the Cambridge Star Brewery and then building a number of vast mock-baronial estate pubs, mostly in Ipswich. The ornate style, and the scale of the expansion, led to these new buildings being known as the Tolly Follies. They were losely based on the design of the Tollemache stately home, Helmingham Hall.
Helmingham Hall is a moated manor house in Helmingham. It was begun by John Tollemache in 1480 and has been owned by the Tollemache family ever since. The house is built around a courtyard in typical late medieval/Tudor style. It is not open to the public.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)