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Ipswich Dove Street Inn

Ipswich Dove Street Inn

formerly Tap & Spile, Dove

Temporary opening hours

Mon: closed (apart from bank holidays)

Tue-Fri: 1500-2200

Sat: 1200-2200

Sun: 1400-2130

Real Ale is sold here.

76 St Helen's St, IP4 2LA

grid reference TM 170 445

This popular multi-roomed pub has a tiny front bar, a large, a low ceilinged back room with oak beams & a lively but friendly main bar. A conservatory area was opened at the end of April 2009. The pub also offers covered seating in a large outdoor heated area to rear. A wide range of beers is always available on both hand-pump and on gravity. Beer range varies with regular local Milds, seasonal ales and unusual beers for the local area, including dark Porters, Stouts. Matured Adnams Tally Ho is sometimes featured together with many bitters, ciders & some imported beers. Three popular beer festivals are held each year.

Food varies from hot & cold snacks to pies, curries, stews & vegetarian options. There are summer barbecues…

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Facilities

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

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.

(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.

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