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Ipswich Lord Nelson

previously known as Noah's Ark



Real Ale

81 Fore St, IP4 1JZ

01473 407510

grid reference TM 168 441

opened 17th cent

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bar / diner

(details under review)


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opening hours:

  • 12-11.30 (12.30 Fri & Sat)
  • 12-late (Sun)
(Times last updated 11/03/2012)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Explorer, seasonal + guest beers [G]


guest beers

Ales are dispensed from casks behind the wall through faux wooden barrels.


listed building grade II


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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 06/04/2015

Set in a small part of the historic port area still remaining. It retains a half timbered front with dormer windows. An unusual gravity dispense system is used which incorporates a row of old wooden casks to good effect and guarantees a temperature controlled real ale.

Families are welcome to mix with an interesting and diverse clientelle which includes international travellers attracted from the rejuvenated wet dock and students from the new university campus.

The building dates from the 17th century, though the brick front was added in the 20th.

Refurbished early in the 2010s, bringing the pub up to date whilst keeping all of the quirky traditional features.

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

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dogs are welcome

children-welcome Children are welcome

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

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

station 0.8 mile away Railway station about 0.8 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

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)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)