Photo of Woolpack

grid reference TM 167 450

opened 15th century

owner Patron Capital

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bar / diner

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pub is on the regional inventory

opening hours:

food times:

(Times last updated 24/02/2017)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Black Sheep Bitter, Youngs Bitter + two guest beers [H]

WiFi information

See board in the back room for the passcode

listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/01/2020

Ipswich Woolpack

previously known as: Wool Pack

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

1 Tuddenham Rd, IP4 2SH

01473 253059

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This friendly bar has the feel of a country pub, despite only being a short walk from the town centre. Adjacent to one of the entrances of Christchurch park, it comprises a tiny snug at front, flanked by a large lounge and a small public bar. A larger room at the back leads to a small car-park. It usually offers up to 6 well-kept Real Ales on hand pump and attracts a varied clientèle. The patio drinking area at the front is also often popular (weather permitting).

An interesting and varied selection of good quality home-cooked food - including several fish options (they now serve food all seven days a week including breakfast, lunch and dinner). They offer a traditional pub menu - all home made.

Although the frontage only dates from the 18th century, the Woolpack is one of Ipswich's most ancient inns; one of only 24 listed in a town assessment of 1689 and built in a century or more earlier. It is one of the earliest brick-built pubs in the town. Legend suggests the existence of ancient smugglers' tunnels from the pub to the waterfront.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 1.1 mile away Railway station about 1.1 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

free WiFi Free WiFi

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

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

(some information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Just inside the nearby Christchurch park is a memorial to nine "Ipswich martyrs" who were burnt at the stake for their adherence to the protestant faith, as part of the Marian persecutions. Two of the martyrs, Alexander Gooch (of Woodbridge) and Alice Driver (of Grundisburgh) were executed on 4th November 1558, just two weeks before Queen Mary's death.