Ipswich Cock & Pye
previously known as: Posada, Cock & Magpie?Real Ale
13 Upper Brook St, IP4 1EG
grid reference TM 164 445
opened 16th cent
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regular real ales
Greene King range
Genuine (is not Greene King) guests from a variety of breweries.
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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 16/10/2016
Town centre pub with a nice façade but heavily altered interior. Popular venue for live sport on TV and music at weekends.
This is one of Ipswich's most ancient pubs; one of only 24 to appear on a town assessment of 1689. It seems that it was formerly far more extensive than the current building. The Cock & Magpie reference may be fanciful.
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 0.70 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
We are grateful to Charlie Haylock who has helped to clarify the current debate on the possible origins of this name:
It may originate from an ancient oath 'by cock and pie' - an allusion to a gastronomical dish once created for banquets of chivalry - peacock pie as illustrated in the current pub sign and included a guilded head at one end and a fanned tail at the other - and marked solemn occasion when knights-errant would pledge themselves to hazardous undertakings or enterprises.
Otherwise and increasingly more likely it could be as a result of the oath “Cock and Pye” that was common in Elizabethan times together with other references in medieval writing where they sometimes used “Cock” as a euphemism for “God” . . . and “Pye” as a very common nickname for the Ordinal.
This second version of the origins is also supported by Prof. A.D. Mills who is an authority on English language from Anglo-Saxon times to present day.