formerly Lily's Bar
Real Ale is sold here.
100 St Helen's St, IP4 2LB
grid reference TM 170 445
A small pub with a number of televisions around it. Real Ale is sometimes available, but it seems hit & miss.
Most of the building is 19th century but it's thought to originate much earlier.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Family friendly
- Real fire
- Smoking area
- Sport TV
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available
Railway station about 1.0 mile away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
Basic but comfortable pub. the rear courtyard provides a quiet outdoor drinking area. Popular with pensioners.
Beers: Ind Coope Benskin's BB; guest beer (Pubmaster list).CAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide
In 1871 census there were also 5 lodgers.
At the Ipswich Petty Sessions held in May 1875, the license for the Water Lily, St Helen’s Street, was transferred from Arthur Battell to George Potter Smith. Ipswich Journal, May 1875**
In 1937 the pub was listed in Kelly's Directory as one of 220 pubs that were retailing beer that they were brewing.
Originally only licensed as a beerhouse. According to the Ipswich licensing records, the Water Lily got its full license on February 29th 1960.…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)