Crown Street, Ipswich. Tel No. +44(0)1473 225910
It's a wetherspoon's pub which is pretty much all you need to know. If you're not familiar with Wetherspoons (where have you been?) this means it always has real ale on offer, does cheap but good food, doesn't have awful music at all and there are no children allowed in the bar. In other words, you can guarantee a good pint at a reasonable price in relaxing surroundings. If you're not a beer drinker don't worry - the pub sells all the usual bevvies and takes as much care to keep the prices low on these items as for the ales. This particular wetherspoons is located right in the centre of town opposite the main bus station and taxi ranks, right next to the swimming pool - so it's very easy to get to and just as easy to get home from after you've had a few. It's also just a few minutes walk from a large carpark if you're staying off the alcohol. It used to be a very different pub, it was called the Town House and definitely a place to avoid unless you liked a rough atmosphere. But thankfully that's all changed and it's now the kind of venue you can take your mum to for Sunday lunch. It is much much cheaper than the Yates Wine Lodge just across the road, and indeed most of the pubs in town. You can get two meals for a fiver most evenings or a burger, chips and a pint for less than you'd pay in a burger bar. They also do coffees, teas and the like throughout the day (about 50p for a latte or hot chocolate). The pub is large and spacious with two beer gardens so if you happen to have kids in tow you can still take advantage of the cheap prices and nice atmosphere - provided the weather is fine anyway. Of course, being nice and cheap it does tend to get busy at weekends so get there early if you want to make a night of it, or go during the week when there is no such problem. This pub is accessible by wheelchair or those with mobility problems - although it's not the easiest place to get into with steep ramps and no easy route from the car park to the ramps. It's up to you whether cheap prices and good beer make it worth the effort. There is a non-smoking area at the back which is very pleasant for dining in - there are large windows giving it an almost conservatory like feel. You will occasionally find some idiot who can't read the no smoking signs but generally it's fine. It's definitely my favourite place to stop for a mid shopping or pre night out pub meal anyway.