Best Bars And Pubs In Ipswich

Situated in the heart of sleepy Suffolk is Ipswich, one of the largest towns in the UK. It's steeped in history as it's believed to be one of the country's oldest towns and is full of some brilliant bars that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Some may even have been visited by the likes of Ed Sheeran or Ralph Fiennes - two of the most famous Suffolk descendants. Whether you're looking for a quiet drink along the Quay, or wish for some booze and a boogie in the heart of town, here's a list of Ipswich’s best bars and pubs.

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Last updated on 4th July 2024

The Jolly Sailor

If you take a short drive from Ipswich, you'll find the quaint town of Orford. The Jolly Sailor is an ale house that first opened its doors in the 1500s and is a fabulous hotspot to enjoy a glass of wine or a decadent lobster dish. Expect to be wowed by the sensational views of Orford Ness marshes while sitting on a picnic bench in their large beer garden, with your favourite beverage in hand. It's also a stone's throw away from Orford Castle, which was built in 1165 by Henry II (it's definitely worth a visit). 

Plough Ipswich

If you're looking for that cosy pub feel, then The Plough is the place to go. Situated a stone's throw away from The Buttermarket, it's a great place to go after a long, hard day of shopping. There's a whole range of wines, craft beers and spirits on offer that you can enjoy while catching the latest footy matches or watching a live music performance on a Saturday night. Plus, it's one of the best pubs in Ipswich for food to eat, especially if you're booking in for one of their banging Sunday roasts.

The Botanist, Ipswich

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You can find the floral sensation that is The Botanist in the Cornhill, which serves up delicious botanical-style cocktails. Sip on the Poppy and Pink Gin Punch for a sweet treat, or chill out with a Garden Mojito in hand. They've even got a whole host of food on the menu, with everything from juicy burgers to their famous hanging kebabs. Book in for a brunch date to enjoy a full English, shakshuka or eggs benedict, plus you can add some bottomless drinks for an extra £25. And their Sunday roast menu is nothing short of mouth-watering. You can expect slow roasted honey pork belly, juicy beef and the creamiest cauliflower cheese in the biz.