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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 10/10/2017
Ipswich Pump & Grind
also traded as as: Flour & Firkin, Edward's Bar, Lakota, Colman's, Bar Sporthistorical era: 21st century
closed December 18th, 2016
Gt Colman St, IP4 2AA
This large shop unit was converted in 1998 into the Flour & Firkin, part of the large chain of Firkin pubs which had grown out of David Bruce's original small brewpub chain. Unfortunately, by the time this opened, Bruce had sold the business and it was owned by the massive Allied Domeq group. The original concept had been a chain of pubs which all had their own in-house breweries but by then this had been abandoned and beers here were supplied from the Finnesco & Firkin (previously and latterly the Reindeer) in Norwich and were of very poor quality.
After the Firkin brand collapsed in 2001, the pub went through a number of identities, none of which was likely to be of interest to Real Ale drinkers. Unfortunately the building was also allowed to deteriorate by its owners and as its condition got worse, the occupying bars became progressively seedier. By the time its last identity (the appalling Pump & Grind) closed there had been protracted disputes between the operator and the building's owners over its maintenance.
It seems highly improbable that this will ever reopen as a pub and given its history, it's hard to be sad about the fact.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)