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 difficult 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.
formerly Halbert, PJ McGinty, Paddy McGinty
Real Ale is sold here.
15 Northgate St, IP1 3BY
grid reference TM 164 447
A single, split level single bar with an interesting collection of bric-a-brack. A large outside patio is partly covered and sometimes used for live music. Inside, the pub is dominated by TV screens showing sport.
It can be busy at weekends.
The building is thought to date from the 17th century, though it was re-fronted in the 19th. It's said that the cellar contains a bricked-up entrance to a maze of tunnels.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details): most bus services stop at nearby Tower Ramparts bus station
- Cask Marque accredited
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Function room available to hire
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Smoking area
- Sport TV
- WiFi available
Railway station about 0.9 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
William Bennet, Coach-Man, has taken the Publick House adjoining to St Margaret's Bar-Gates...known by the Sign of the Halbert, which is now commodiously fitted up...NB. Belonging to the Inn is a very just and true Stilyard as any in England, for weighing of Hay, Pot-Ash, or other Goods, where constant Attendance is given.Ipswich Journal, June 28th 1755***
A common stage-Cart goes from the Halbert in Ipswich to the Royal Oak in Woodbridge at Eight o'clock in the Morning and returns...at Four o'clock the same Afternoon, by which Goods and Passengers shall be conveyed on the most reasonable Terms, by William Lomacks.Ipswich Journal, November 23rd 1765***
Jonathan Mills advertised that the old-accustomed Steel Yard, for weighing of Hay, Pot-Ash etc…
A halberd is a combination of spear and axe with a shaft about 2m long. Halberdiers were body guards to Tudor monarchs and they are still used ceremonially by Yeoman of the Guard.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)