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Pub has reopened.
Latest notified opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 1200-2130 (30 Minutes drinking up time throughout the week)
Sun: 1200-2100
Please 'phone to book a table if possible.
Takeaway draught beer available from the window hatch during trading hours.

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Fat Cat

(formerly Spring Tavern)

288 Spring Rd

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm



About the Pub

A popular small, multi-roomed real ale bar with no music and no games machines. The conservatory to the rear of the pub creates an airy space in contrast to the cosy bar areas and leads out to the pretty garden.

Only two handpumps, but don't be fooled; there's an extensive range of well-kept Real Ales served direct from casks in the taproom. Look at the blackboards above the bar for a list of what's currently available. Regular favourites such as Adnams and Woodforde's are to be found alongside a changing range of ales from around the region and the country. There's also a small but carefully chosen range of Belgian bottled ales.

The pub regularly stocks four or five real ciders. The beer selection usually peaks on a Friday evening (with up to 18 available) and then drops back to about half that during early weekdays.

Bar snacks include scotch eggs (which have a widespread reputation) & pasties that are cooked on the premises.

You're welcome to order a takeaway (not Friday or Saturday) and the pub will supply plates & cutlery. Please scrape your plates and leave them in the kitchen area afterwards.

Always very popular and in the summertime many visitors head into the garden or onto the patio. Make sure to take time to explore the enamel signs and other artefacts scattered around the walls. No children under 14 allowed. Dogs are allowed but MUST be on a lead.

There are monthly quiz nights on Mondays to raise money for local charites.

No 2 or 75 bus from town centre.

Local branch Town Pub of the Year for 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Steep steps to get in, but a ramp is available for wheelchair users; please ask the staff to deploy it.

Historic Interest

Prior to Oct 1996 was called Spring Tavern. Photographs of this pub and more historical information about it can be found at

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Adnams Southwold Bitter
  • Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 14 changing beers.

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Fat Cat, Ipswich


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Snacks - famous for its scotch eggs!

  • Garden Pub Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Well behaved on a lead.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Heated area in garden.

  • WiFi Wifi

    Code is displayed on the blackboards above the bar.

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Fat Cat

288 Spring Rd

Sat Nav Reference

52.059048, 1.181028

OS Reference



  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (955m)

Derby Road (Ipswich)

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