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 Hank's Pub & Food
Ipswich Hank's Pub & Food
formerly Olive Leaf, Grinning Rat
Due to the government announcement of October 31st, pubs will be closed from Thursday November 5th until December 2nd (we hope no longer). We will attempt to reflect what individual pubs are doing in terms of takeaways as and when information gets to us. If you know anything concrete, please use the contact link on this page.
Real Ale is sold here.
66-68 St Helen's St, IP4 2LA
grid reference TM 169 445
A 17th century timber-framed building, altered in the 19th century.
Hank's Pub & Food opened in January 2020 as a 100% vegan family business.
There are both Real Ales and craft keg beers.
Cash is not accepted, all payments are by card.
Nearest railway station
From the mid-1890s until 1909, my great great grandparents James and Emma Cross were licensees of what was then called The Olive Leaf Tavern in St Helen's Street. Whilst James continued to work as a printer, Emma ran the pub on her own and also looked after their son Charles and grandson William, who became my grandfather.Rod Cross
For many years the Olive Leaf was a gay pub. For some time after that it was owned by the Brett Vale Brewery (now King's Head) of Bildeston.
Also listed at 68 St Helen's Street.
The Grinning Rat's license was revoked in May 2019 due to "underage visitors, late night drinking sessions, drug-dealing, fighting and dealing in stolen goods".
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
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