formerly Old Ship
South West, 52.00451,1.25454
Real Ale is sold here.
Church Ln, IP10 0LQ
grid reference TM 234 390
riverside bar / diner, opened 14th century
An ancient smugglers' inn overlooking the River Orwell, that has been extended to the rear to provide additional seating for diners. The patio area to the front has fine views. Refurbished and re-roofed after a fire in 2003, the pub now offers high class cuisine together with gravity dispensed beers.
Meet Up Mondays: free tea, coffee & toast 0900-1100.
The building probably dates back to the 14th century.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Evening meals
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- WiFi available
Railway station about 4.2 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
To Be Sold By Auction. At the Golden Lion Hotel Ipswich 6th March 1860, by direction of the Trustees for sale. Levington, near Ipswich, Suffolk. The Old Ship Inn. With stable, outbuildings, garden etc. , now in the occupation of Mr Chas Pearce, situated at the side of the road near to the church in the parish of Levington.Ipswich Journal, February 1860**
The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Ship's license was issued in 1853. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.
Severe fire in about 2002…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)