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Ipswich Fat Cat

previously known as Spring Tavern



Real Ale

288 Spring Rd, IP4 5NL

01473 726524

grid reference TM 181 448

opened Victorian

owner free

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opening hours:

  • Sun - Thu: 1200 - 2300
  • Fri: 1200 - 2400
  • Sat: 1100 - 2400
  • (last admittance 2300 Fri, Sat)

food times:

  • bar snacks available during opening hours
(Times last updated 08/12/2014)

regular real ales

Woodfordes Wherry, Adnams Bitter, Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold, Fuller's London Pride


guest beers

An ever-changing array of guest beers are served from the taproom behind the main servery.


WiFi information

See blackboard for access code.


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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 24/02/2015

A popular small, multi-roomed real ale bar with no music and no games machines. The Conservatory to rear of main bar creates an airy space in contrast to the cosy bar areas and leads out to the pretty garden. Bar snacks include scotch eggs (which have a widespread reputation) & pasties that are cooked on the premises.

Always very popular and in the summertime many visitors may head into the garden or onto the patio. Make sure to take time to explore the enamel signs and other artefacts scattered around the walls. No children under 14 allowed. Dogs are allowed but MUST be on a lead.

No 2 or 75 bus from town centre.

Local branch Pub of the Year for 2012 & 2013.

Steep steps to get in, but a ramp is available for wheelchair users; please ask the staff to deploy it.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity

Real draught cider available Real draught cider available

Newspapers available Newspapers available

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dogs are welcome

children-unwelcome Children are not welcome

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

station within a mile Railway station within about a mile (see public transport tab for details)

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

free WiFi Free WiFi

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

Outside shelter for smokers Outside shelter for smokers


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