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Ipswich Waterlily

previously known as Lily's Bar



Real Ale

100 St Helen's St, IP4 2LB

(01473) 252001

grid reference TM 170 445

(details under review)


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opening hours:

  • 12:00 - Midnight Mon - Sun
(Times last updated 24/08/2014)

guest beers

A good variety of ales, usually 2 on.


listed building grade II


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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 11/06/2015

Most of the building is 19th century but it's thought to originate much earlier.

In June 2012, the pub reverted to its original name, after several years as Lily's Bar.

In the past, the Water Lily was known as a pony & trap pub. It was laid out so that a pony & trap could be driven through the front door and onward to stabling at the back. Then when the owner had finished drinking, it could be driven out onto Rope Walk and away. The large central doorway onto St Helen's Street is a visible reminder of this.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Real coal or log fire Real coal or log fire

dogs-welcome Dogs are welcome

children-welcome Children are welcome

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

station 1 mile away Railway station about 1 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

Outside shelter for smokers Outside shelter for smokers


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