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Ipswich Spread Eagle

Ipswich Spread Eagle

Real Ale is sold here.

1-3 Fore St, IP4 1JW

grid reference TM 167 443

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owner/operator: Grain Brewery

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(01473) 421858

(01473) 421858

This distinctive Grade 2 listed building is the sole survivor of four pubs which once stood at this junction.

Recent refurbishment during summer 2015 restored the whole building to a high standard and the split level bar has been sympathetically furnished throughout. Now up to six real ales on hand-pump (all from Grain) plus a wide selection of craft and imported beers. A selection of imported bottled beers are also available. Some bar snacks and daytime food options are available.

Sadly the refurbishment included replacing the attractive red & yellow external paintwork with a dull grey.

The building dates from the 16th or 17th century.

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Footnote

The spread eagle was originally a Roman sign and later used by many countries including Austria, Germany, Russia, Spain & France. The sign is also used by many English noble families. Its popularity as an inn sign owes a lot to the fact that it was the device of Catherine of Aragon.

(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)

(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)

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