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Photo of Lord Nelson

grid reference TM 168 441

opened pre-1672

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opening hours:

  • May close early if quiet.
(Times last updated 17/10/2017)

regular real ales

mainly Adnams at present


listed building grade II


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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.



last updated 17/10/2017

Ipswich Lord Nelson (Nelson)

previously known as: Noah's Ark

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

81 Fore St, IP4 1JZ

01473 407510

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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.

Since mid-2017 the pub has been under the same management as the well-regarded Manningtree Red Lion. Ales are currently mainly from Adnams, though the plan is to source more from local micros.

Camra members get 30p off a pint on production of their membership cards.

Families are welcome to mix with an interesting and diverse clientèle which includes international travellers attracted from the rejuvenated wet dock and students from the new university campus. Booking maybe required for Sunday roasts and a curry night every Wednesday.

The building dates from the 17th century, though the brick frontage was added in the 20th to aid cleaning up after the many floods that affected the area. Originally called Noah's Ark, the name changed in about 1800 when Admiral Nelson was appointed High Steward of Ipswich.

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 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 0.8 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)