Fat Cat

The good pub guide review

It's all about beer and atmosphere at this all-heart, no-frills bar, which is reliably stuffed with real ales and cheerful customers. Up to 17 real ales tapped from the cask or, in the case of Adnams, on handpump, come from East Anglia and around the UK, from both well known and smaller breweries, in styles mainstream and more esoteric. Both current and upcoming brews are listed on the website so you can plan your visits, and might include Fat Cat Golden, Fullers London Pride, Green Jack Trawlerboys, Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde Mild, St Austell Tribute or Three Blind Mice's unfined orange and vanilla Saison. There are also three craft beers on tap, several farm ciders, quite a few Belgian bottled beers and wines by the glass. The bars have a mix of café chairs and stools, unpadded wall benches and cushioned seats around kitchen tables, bare floorboards and lots of enamel brewery signs and posters; board games and shove-ha'penny. There's also a spacious back conservatory and several picnic-sets on the terrace and lawn. Very little nearby parking. Well behaved dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a lead. No children.

The good pub guide food review

They keep a supply of filled rolls, scotch eggs (including a spicy version), Suffolk pastries and cheesy sausage rolls made in their small kitchen. They may be happy for you to bring or order in takeaway food, but check first.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Fat Cat, 288 Spring Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5NL

(01473) 726524

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-11; 12-midnight Fri

Saturday: 11am-midnight

Sunday: 12-11