So why would you want to visit Ipswich? Beside some glib answer like “why wouldn’t you? haw-haw…” there are some great examples of great British pubs to be found – because you’d want the authentic experience right?
The Fat Cat
The Fat Cat, there aren’t many pubs like this one around any more. We start here first as it is the furthest from the town centre. One of the finest “real ale” pubs you’re likely to find, they carry a wide range of beers brewed around the country, from golden summer ale’s which are light and refreshing to pitch-black stouts and porters that almost taste like burning building (it’s an acquired taste!). The atmosphere in here is as laid back as they come, pull up a stool and join in with the locals, or if you’re hungry go grab a table and order in a takeaway – they don’t mind, heck they’ll even provide the plates and cutlery for you!
Despite it’s location near the new University/College Campus, the Dove manages to pull in fellow drinkers of all types and ages! A wide range of beers to indulge in, from fancy European lagers to a good ol’ pint of local best. Promoting the grass roots beer movement even more, the owners have just opened their own brewery shop next door – Nothing tastes more satisfying than your own home-brewed beer!
P J McGinty’s
You can probably tell by the name that McGinty’s isn’t a typical “British” pub, although the Irish façade and bar-maids goes a long way to providing a thoroughly “warming” drinking experience. You can expect to enjoy a pint of Guinness or perhaps one of their Guinness cocktails (just add Champaign, or Port – trust me, things get pretty epic from thereon). As well as the drinking, McGinty’s also plays host to regular live music and screening sports outside in their courtyard – where they’ve even opened the bar out onto so you have less distance to walk to get your next round!
A more modern pub offering, but what a setting! Isaac’s sites on Ipswich’s newly renovated quay side, where you can look out over the boats, the sparkling waters and watch the world go by. The building itself is a an old Maltings building, with parts dating back to the 15th century – so that’s a beautiful building with some of the best views Ipswich has to offer.
An old favourite for many of the town’s residence, the Swan is one of the most central pubs in town and has itself a reputation for being host to gigs of some of the best up and coming bands in the country. The walls are covered in vinyl and posters and other eccentric additions giving the place a unique feel. Even when there isn’t a band or a DJ set the pub rarely feels dead with some stalwart regulars dutifully propping up the bar.
So there you have it! Some of the best places to drink within Ipswich and just part of the rich tapestry of the East of England!