formerly Wool Pack
THE WOOLPACK IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR LEGENDARY TAKEAWAY MEALS.
Though lockdown restrictions mean that we can no longer open the restaurant or the pub itself, we will again be providing you with the very best full takeaway meals in East Anglia + our wonderful barista coffees and teas!
FULL MENU HERE [on the pub's website].
From January 8th, and following that every Friday, Saturday and Sunday while these restrictions go on, you will be able to order and collect meals from the special collection area here - and of course there is our big car park to make things easier still.
Collect your takeaway meals Friday and Saturday 12-2pm and 5-8pm, and on Sundays 12-6pm. Order on 01473 215862.
The pub will reopen as soon as outdoors service is permitted.
Real Ale is sold here.
1 Tuddenham Rd, IP4 2SH
grid reference TM 167 450
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.…
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cask Marque accredited
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Live music: Folk on Sun eve - First and third; monthly jazz
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available: regular quiz nights
Railway station about 1.1 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, August 4th 1733*** to Francis Brett at the Woolpack in St Margaret's Parish, Ipswich
It may also be listed in Westerfield Road (1888 & 1900) or in Bolton Lane (1888) when strangely two pubs called Woolpack are listed.
It was originally a country inn, which stood in some solitude. A toll-gate once stood just below (opposite to entrance to Christchurch park) and here all farmers coming into the town had to pay toll for their gigs and carts. Many however escaped payment of the "toll traverse" by stabling their horses at the Woolpack's then extensive stables and parking their vehicles in Westerfield and Tuddenham roads causing congestion and chaos…
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.
(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)