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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 21/01/2020
Ipswich Emperorhistorical closure era: 21st century
closed April 2012
293 Norwich Rd, IP1 4BP
The Emperor has been converted into yet another unwanted Tesco shop.
We are taking on derelict or vandalised pubs, not those which are still actively trading, and for all sorts of reasons those pubs were not successful. We go into communities and ask people what they want and how we can deliver that. Tesco statement to the GuardianThey never explained how this applies in the case of the Emperor.
Punch Taverns decided to close the pub even earlier than intended, in April 2013. A nice slap in the face for the publican and customers.
It had a real wood fire, three large leather sofas and was non-smoking since mid-2006. Real Ale was sometimes served on gravity. A mild was always available (usually Ansells). Pub food was available, including some vegetarian options.
The Emperor was built as a multi-roomed pub but later had a split level main bar with various drinking areas.
It had an outside covered area for smokers, with steel Quoit beds and teams in back garden. There was a pool table, dart board and shove ha'penny in bar. Plus a beer garden and seated patio area.
The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.