In the light of the latest government instructions, all pubs are now closed until at least December 2nd.
A number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
After the end of Lockdown, Suffolk will remain in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.
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.
Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.
Ipswich Freemasons' Tavern
Ipswich Freemasons' Tavern
also traded as Masons
77-79 Victoria St, IP1 2LS
A genuine back-street local which could be hard to find. Historically the Freemasons', it traded in later years as just the "Masons".
Closed and boarded up as of June 2016. On July 17th the building was severely damaged by a fire. The pub's future is uncertain, but it seems unlikely to reopen. In February 2018, a planning application was lodged to demolish the building and replace it with flats.
It's shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
On the 7th October 1855, the members of the Freemason's Tavern Bowling Green, Ipswich, assembled at 2pm for a closing game, and after some interesting play about 30 members sat down to an excellent dinner, provided in the usual liberal style of Mr J Pryke, landlord.Ipswich Journal, October 1855**
Freemasons Arms and bowling green, gardens and brewery – Ipswich – to be sold by auction Ipswich Journal, 18 May 1861
Listed as Freemasons Tavern & Rotherville gardens in 1865.
To be sold by auction, under the Deed of Assignment, on the premises of Mr R C Dunnington, at the Freemason's Tavern, Victoria Street, Ipswich, all the valuable and complete two quarter brewing plant, with all the stock of wine and spirits, cask, stands, truck, utensils, and all the household furniture, and effects…
The Freemasons are a secretive male orientated fraternity or organisation that is usually divided into local groups - called "lodges" - and which today may seek to promote mutual self interest and some charity work. A pub with this name may signify a link (or former link) to a local lodge.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.