Ipswich Fat Cat
Ipswich Fat Cat
formerly Spring Tavern
Real Ale is sold here.
288 Spring Rd, IP4 5NL
grid reference TM 181 448
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.
The pub regularly stocks four or five real ciders…
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cider (real draught, not keg) available
- Dogs welcome: well behaved on a lead
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks): snacks - famous for its scotch eggs!
- Newspapers available
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Smoking area: heated area in garden
- WiFi available: Code is displayed on the blackboards above the bar
Railway station about 0.6 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
Prior to Oct 1996 the pub was called the Spring Tavern.
When it was the Spring Tavern it had two small bars. Conversion into the Fat Cat included addition of the side yard drinking area and conservatory (to the rear) as new drinking areas, and addition of the taproom behind the bar.
In Victorian times there were a good number of small rooms upstairs which could be rented by the hour, the pub having a reputation at the time as a brothel.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)