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grid reference TM 181 448

opened Victorian

owner free

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opening hours:

food times:

(Times last updated 08/12/2014)

regular real ales

Woodfordes Wherry, Adnams Bitter, Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold, Fuller's London Pride

guest beers

An ever-changing array of guest beers are served from the taproom behind the main servery.

WiFi information

See blackboard for access code.

Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 28/10/2019

Ipswich Fat Cat

previously known as: Spring Tavern

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

288 Spring Rd, IP4 5NL

01473 726524

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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 through handpulls

Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity

Real draught cider available Real draught cider available

Newspapers available Newspapers available

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-unwelcome Children are not welcome

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 0.6 mile away Railway station about 0.6 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

free WiFi Free WiFi

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

Smoking area Smoking area

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)