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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 of 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 (except Sun and Mon eve).
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.
Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Black Sheep Bitter, Youngs Bitter + two guest beers [H]
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 19/02/2014
(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)
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.