grid reference TM 181 448
opened Victorian (renamed 1996)
owner John Keatley & Liz Pledge
Data from the Food Standards Agency live feed.
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- Sun - Thu: 1200 - 2300
- Fri: 1200 - 2400
- Sat: 1100 - 2400
- bar snacks available during opening hours
regular real ales
Woodfordes Wherry, Adnams Bitter, Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold, Fuller's London Pride
An ever-changing array of guest beers are served from the taproom behind the main servery.
See blackboard for access code.
Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 31/12/2019
Ipswich Fat Cat
previously known as: Spring Tavern
Real Ale is available here
288 Spring Rd, IP4 5NL
A popular small, multi-roomed real ale bar with no music and no games machines. The conservatory to the rear of the pub creates an airy space in contrast to the cosy bar areas and leads out to the pretty garden.
Only two handpumps, but don't be fooled; there's an extensive range of well-kept Real Ales served direct from casks in the taproom. Look at the blackboards above the bar for a list of what's currently available. Regular favourites such as Adnams and Woodforde's are to be found alongside a changing range of ales from around the region and the country. There's also a small but carefully chosen range of Belgian bottled ales.
Bar snacks include scotch eggs (which have a widespread reputation) & pasties that are cooked on the premises.
You're welcome to order a takeaway (not Friday or Saturday) and the pub will supply plates & cutlery. Please scrape your plates and leave them in the kitchen area afterwards.
Always very popular and in the summertime many visitors head into the garden or onto the patio. Make sure to take time to explore the enamel signs and other artefacts scattered around the walls. No children under 14 allowed. Dogs are allowed but MUST be on a lead.
No 2 or 75 bus from town centre.
Local branch Town Pub of the Year for 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
Steep steps to get in, but a ramp is available for wheelchair users; please ask the staff to deploy it.
Beer served through handpulls
Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity
Real draught cider available
Traditional pub games available
Children are not welcome
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 0.6 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)