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Important Covid information

If all goes according to plan, the first tranche of pubs (those that are able to serve drinkers outdoors) may be able to reopen on April 12th. Though of course, in a situation like this, nothing is guaranteed. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Ipswich Uncle Tom's Cabin

Ipswich Uncle Tom's Cabin

also traded as Orwell Mariner

closed 29th January 2013

198 Vernon St, IP2 8JF

grid reference TM 164 436

This was a small pub with nautical connections.

The fairly short-lived Orwell Mariner name came about in the 1980s, when Ipswich Borough Council threatened to close the pub down because of its "racist" name; a "fact" strangely lost on the pub's black clientèle (of whom there were many). Evidently the (no doubt white) person who made the ruling had never read Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery classic.

It closed January 2013, apparently after problems with its license conditions being breached. In November 2014 indications that it seemed to be en-route to reopening were seen. However it's understood that the authorities were unwilling to issue a new license, so in August 2015 it was sold for conversion into multiple occupancy residential usage.

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(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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