previously known as Wool Pack
1 Tuddenham Rd, IP4 2SH
grid reference TM 167 450
opened 15th cent
bar / diner
- 9.30am-11; 9.30am-midnight Fri & Sat; 9.30am-10.30 Sun
- Serving breakfast everyday 9.30am to 11.45am
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2.30pm Saturday 12-5pm
- Sunday food served all day special menu. 12pm-8pm
- Dinner: Mon-Thur 5.30pm to 9.30pm
- Fri 5.30pm to 10pm Sat 5pm-10pm
regular real ales
Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Black Sheep Bitter, Youngs Bitter + two guest beers [H]
See board in the back room for the passcode
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 27/07/2015
This friendly bar has the feel of a country pub, despite only being a short walk from the town centre. Adjacent to one of the entrances of Christchurch park, it comprises a tiny snug at front, flanked by a large lounge, with a roaring fire in winter, and a small public bar. A larger room at the back also leads to a small car-park. Usually offers up to 6 beers on hand pump and attracts a varied clientèle. The patio drinking area at front is also often popular (weather permitting).
An interesting and varied selection of good quality home-cooked food - including several fish options (now serve food all seven days a week inc breakfast, lunch and dinner). They offer a traditional pub menu - all homemade.
Although the frontage only dates from the 18th century, the Woolpack is one of Ipswich's most ancient inns; one of only 24 listed in a town assessment of 1689 and built in a century or more earlier. It is one of the earliest brick-built pubs in the town. Legend suggests the existence of ancient smugglers' tunnels from the pub to the waterfront.
Beer served through handpulls
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Traditional separate public bar
Traditional pub games available
Real coal or log fire
Dogs are welcome
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 1.1 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Just inside the nearby Christchurch park is a memorial to nine "Ipswich martyrs" who were burnt at the stake for their adherence to the protestant faith, as part of the Marian persecutions. Two of the martyrs, Alexander Gooch (of Woodbridge) and Alice Driver (of Grundisburgh) were executed on 4th November 1558, just two weeks before Queen Mary's death.