Join CAMRA online
Photo of Uncle Tom's Cabin

Ipswich Uncle Tom's Cabin

previously known as Orwell Mariner

temporarily closed

198 Vernon St, IP2 8JF

01473 684265

grid reference TM 164 436


(details under review)

Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
View in Google Earth
Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 30/01/2015

Small pub with nautical connections.

The fairly short-lived Orwell Mariner name came about in the 1980s, when Ipswich Borough Council threatened to close the pub down because of its "racist" name; a "fact" strangely lost on the pub's black clientèle (of whom there were many). Evidently the (no doubt white) person who made the ruling had never read Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery classic.

Closed January 2013, apparently after problems with its license conditions being breached. In November 2014 indications that it seems to be en-route to reopening were seen.

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)