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Woodbridge Old Mariner

previously known as: Mariner's Arms, Ye Olde Mariner's Arms, Tap & Spile

Real Ale

26 New St, IP12 1DX

01394 382679

grid reference TM 273 491

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opening hours:

  • 12-3, 5-11; 11-midnight Fri & Sat
  • 12-10.30 Sun

food times:

  • 12-2.30 (lunchtimes only)
(Times last updated 30/01/2016)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Black Sheep Bitter, Youngs Bitter + guest beer [H]

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Local licensing authority for Woodbridge is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 10/04/2016

Traditional, two roomed bar close to town centre, which also offers food alongside a range of well presented ales. All real ales now served on gravity from new cellar area. The front bar has scrubbed tables & a low ceiling whilst rear bar is quieter & gives access to a separate seating area, garden & car-park (off Castle Street). Smoking area and car-park to rear.

Nearby the Castle Brewery was owned by William Lockwood (later Lockwood & Co) from 1844 until it closed in 1912.

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

children-welcome Family friendly

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

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

station 0.40 mile away Railway station about 0.40 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

payable WiFi WiFi available (a charge may apply)

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 old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Tap & Spile was created as a national chain of themed and heavily branded pubs - created from existing selected pubs usually owned by the former Pubmaster pub group. Initially these pubs were very popular and able to offer a very wide range of real ales though in later years the beer range was increasingly restricted. In Suffolk there were just 3 pubs - in Ipswich, Felixstowe (Walton) and Woodbridge.