Ipswich Dove Street Inn
previously known as: Tap & Spile, DoveReal Ale
76 St Helen's St, IP4 2LA
grid reference TM 170 445email us
- 12-10.45 (last admissions)
regular real ales
Adnams Bitter & Broadside, Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold, at least one mild; usually two
An changing array of guest ales both on hand-pump and gravity dispense. Look at the boards on the ceiling to see what's available.
Free for Dove loyalty card members (ask staff to print the day's passphrase when they swipe your card), otherwise payable.
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 06/03/2017
A wide range of beers is available on both handpump and on gravity. Three beer festivals are held each year.
This popular three room pub has a small front bar, a large, low ceilinged back room with oak beams and a lively but friendly main bar. There's also a large conservatory area (opened at the end of April 2009). The pub also offers covered seating in an outside heated area to the rear.
The beer range varies with regular local milds, seasonal ales, unusual beers for the area, dark porters and stouts featured together with many bitters, ciders and some imported beers. Food varies from hot and cold snacks to pies, curries, stews and vegetarian options. Summer barbecues.
The pub has a toilet for disabled customers, though it's often used by non-disabled ones.
The Dove Street Brewery started brewing during July 2011.
Beer served through handpulls
Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity
Real draught cider available
Traditional pub games available
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 1.1 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
WiFi available (a charge may apply)
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
A Pub history group meets regularly at the Ipswich Dove Street Inn - usually on second Monday during winter months - with occasional speakers.
Tap & Spile was created as a national chain of themed and heavily branded pubs - created from selected pubs usually owned by the former Pubmaster pub group. Initially these pubs were very popular and able to offer a very wide range of real ales though in later years the beer range was increasingly restricted. In Suffolk there were just 3 T&S branded pubs - in Ipswich, Felixstowe (Walton) and Woodbridge.