In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. 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 Friars Head
Ipswich Friars Head
closed 2nd January 1972.
last owner/operator: Tolly Cobbold
33 Friars Rd
grid reference TM 161 444
Friars Road ran roughly south-south-east from where the current Willis building is, to the east end of Wolsey St. The pub stood on the eastern junction of Friars Road and Friars Street where the two met Princes Street.
Also listed (1844) as Friar's St.
A Victorian brewery was located here.
The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
Auction of the Friar's Head, Ipswich, comprising a bar-room & large parlour, 2 chambers & an arched cellar, together with a yard, brewhouse & other buildings at the back, in the occupation of Mr FARRITT.Ipswich Journal, 28 November 28th 1846***
To be let, with immediate possession, a free beer-house, situate near the Cattle Market. Coming-in about £15 - Apply at the Friars Head Inn, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal January 23rd 1857***
Friar's Head, Friars Street, Ipswich. Noted House.
Charrington, head and Co.'s London Stout and Porter. Always on draught.
Tollemache Bros. Fine Ales in splendid condition.
Spirits of the best quality including: Finest London Gin and old Jamaica Rum, John Jameson's Old Irish Whiskey, and our Glen Garry Special Scotch…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Cosure date from Ipswich licensing records.
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)