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Ipswich Emperor

historical era: 21st century

closed April 2012

293 Norwich Rd, IP1 4BP

grid reference TM 151 456

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last updated 14/09/2016

Has been converted into yet another unwanted Tesco shop.

Tesco told the Guardian, "We are taking on derelict or vandalised pubs, not those which are still actively trading, and for all sorts of reasons those pubs were not successful. We go into communities and ask people what they want and how we can deliver that." They have yet to explain how this applies in this case.

Punch Taverns decided to close the pub even earlier than intended, in April 2013. A nice slap in the face for the publican and customers.

Had a real wood fire. Three large leather sofas and was non-smoking since mid-2006. Real Ale was sometimes served on gravity. A Mild was always available (usually Ansells). Pub food was available, including some vegetarian options.

Was built as a multi-roomed pub but later had a split level main bar with various drinking areas.

Had an outside covered area for smokers. Steel Quoit beds and teams in back garden. Pool table, dart board, shove ha'penny in bar. Beer garden and seated patio area.

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)