In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
However, a number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Ipswich Fat Cat
Ipswich Fat Cat
formerly Spring Tavern
Extra services available here during the Covid-19 lockdown:
Takeaway draught beer available from the window hatch.
Sunday 5th April CLOSED UNTIL-
Wednesday 8th April 3-7pm
Thursday 9th April 3-7pm
Friday 10th April 3-7pm
Saturday 11th April 12-5pm
Sunday 12th April CLOSED
Please, please observe the strict social distancing measures.
Containers are in short supply so if possible please bring your own CLEAN container. Plastic milk bottles are ideal.
Real Ale is sold here.
288 Spring Rd, IP4 5NL
grid reference TM 181 448
COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeaway beer & cider is available from a hatch at the front of the pub. See the pub's website for details of days and times it will be open. Please keep a safe distance from anyone else there and bring a (clean) container if at all possible. (April 2020) #pullingtogether
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…
- 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)