Ipswich Spread EagleReal Ale
1-3 Fore St, IP4 1JW
grid reference TM 167 443
owner Grain Brewery
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- Tue-Sat: 1200-0000
- Sun: 1200-2230
regular real ales
See the board for the passphrase.
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 27/12/2016
This distinctive Grade 2 listed building is the sole survivor of four pubs which once stood at this junction.
Recent refurbishment during summer 2015 has restored the whole building to a high standard and the split level bar has been sympathetically furnished throughout. Now up to six real ales on hand-pump (all from Grain) plus a wide selection of craft and imported beers. A selection of imported bottled beers are also available.
Sadly the refurbishment included replacing the attractive red & yellow external paintwork with a dull grey.
The building dates from the 16th or 17th century.
Beer served through handpulls
Railway station about 0.9 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)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)
The spread eagle was originally a Roman sign and later used by many countries including Austria, Germany, Russia, Spain & France. The sign is also used by many English noble families. Its popularity as an inn sign owes a lot to the fact that it was the device of Catherine of Aragon.