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The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

3 Fore Street

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Quinno _ left this review about The Spread Eagle

Recommended this one by the landlord of the Fat Cat. So we added it as a joker and gave it a whirl, as it is owned by the Grain Brewery. The nasty grey/violet paint job on the timbered exterior made me wonder (GII listed, who allowed them to do that??). Anyway in we went to be immediately halted “can you do all the COVID stuff please, table service only blah blah”. Upon filling out our papers we were then led out to a scruffy rear courtyard at which point our smiley middle class server promptly wandered off without taking our order. I kind of guessed we’d be left in the lurch and so it proved, with three other tables’ worth of people all sat there thirsty for 5 minutes. In the end a volunteer was dispatched to demand service and upon Macavity’s return the announcement was made that, despite being a brewery tap, on an early Saturday evening, on ITFC’s first home game of the season, they had run out of cask. Incredible. So we upped and left, as did some others. What a shower, this is what negligence occurs when you leave a bunch of minimum wage kids to run a pub. Shall I leave a score for a pub I didn’t actually drink in? Yes I will.
Visited early August.

On 12th September 2021 - rating: 1
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Spread Eagle

Back in the town centre, I was surprised to see this Grain pub very quiet. Just one other couple were present.

A barrier prevents entry through a courtyard. You are requested to wait for somebody to take you to a table. Eventually, the barmaid came and took my temperature, which was something I hadn't experienced for a while.

Outdoor drinking is in a shaded courtyard at the rear. It may have a better atmosphere when busy, but when it was quiet, it all felt a bit cold.

Beers and other drinks are displayed on a blackboard. Best Bitter & Prickly Pig were the real ale options.

A trip to the toilets before leaving revealed a fairly bare interior with lots of wood, very similar to the two Grain pubs I have previously visited in Norwich. Exiting the pub also proved to be a challenge, as staff had locked the front door to prevent anybody getting in! So, I had to locate somebody to get out.

Not a bad place, but lacking in atmosphere.

On 1st May 2021 - rating: 5
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Spread Eagle

Laid back, speak easy of a pub with pot plants and chunky tables. A bit trendy

On 1st October 2018 - rating: 7
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sheryl mcgeown left this review about The Spread Eagle

best pub in ipswich!!!!!!

On 8th May 2009 - rating: 10
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]