Photo of Dove Street Inn

grid reference TM 170 445

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opening hours:

(Times last updated 24/12/2008)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter & Broadside, Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold, at least one mild; usually two

guest beers

An changing array of guest ales both on hand-pump and gravity dispense. Look at the boards on the ceiling to see what's available.

WiFi information

Free for Dove loyalty card members (ask staff to print the day's passphrase when they swipe your card), otherwise payable.

listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/01/2020

Ipswich Dove Street Inn

previously known as: Tap & Spile, Dove

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

76 St Helen's St, IP4 2LA

01473 211270

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A wide range of beers is available on both handpump and on gravity. Three beer festivals are held each year.

This popular three room pub has a small front bar, a large, low ceilinged back room with oak beams and a lively but friendly main bar. There's also a large conservatory area (opened at the end of April 2009). The pub also offers covered seating in an outside heated area to the rear.

The beer range varies with regular local milds, seasonal ales, unusual beers for the area, dark porters and stouts featured together with many bitters, ciders and some imported beers. Food varies from hot and cold snacks to pies, curries, stews and vegetarian options. Summer barbecues.

The pub has a toilet for disabled customers, though it's often used by non-disabled ones.

The Dove Street Brewery started brewing during July 2011.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity

Real draught cider available Real draught cider available

Newspapers available Newspapers available

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

Accommodation available Accommodation available

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 1.1 mile away Railway station about 1.1 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

payable WiFi WiFi available (a charge may apply)

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

Smoking area Smoking area

(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)

A Pub history group meets regularly at the Ipswich Dove Street Inn - usually on second Monday during winter months - with occasional speakers.


Tap & Spile was created as a national chain of themed and heavily branded pubs - created from 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 T&S branded pubs - in Ipswich, Felixstowe (Walton) and Woodbridge.