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Popular riverside single bar pub which features live music at weekends. Beer garden.
Run for many years by well-known local publican Val Bint, who purchased it from Greene King, the Steamboat has a reputation for its music. Passed into new ownership in June 2014; the new management intend to carry on the music but also to increase the range of Real Ales, with an in-house brewery being mooted.
The pub is located close to the impressive (Grade 2 listed) Felaw Malting buildings - one the largest traditional malting sites ever built in East Anglia (built in 1904 and 1911 respectively). Malting finished here in 1981. Now the two buildings are used as offices. The malting buildings replaced the even earlier St Peter's workhouse (erected in 1836-7) to accommodate up to 400 inmates.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Petty Sessions info from Ipswich Journal (Kim Jennings).