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The Grinning Rat, Ipswich

68 St. Helens Street
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Old Boots left this review about The Grinning Rat

A couple of doors nearer the town centre than the Dove, it has a much, more interesting interior but less well kept beer, I would guess turnover is a problem with the Dove being so close. A locals pub rather than an exhibition, it has three pulls on the counter with mediocre Woodfordes Wherry, Pride and Adnams plus the usual suspects keg wise. Décor in the traditional mould in the low ceilinged, single open plan room, tongue and groove with normal tables and chairs and some more garden styled furniture. There's also a mirror ball, guitar and a few barrels dangling from the ceiling and also a nice victorian fireplace at one end. Music from a juke box with screens and machines to entertain the locals. Almost empty when I called, the barmaid has an individual dress sense.

On 24th March 2010 - no rating submitted
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Nigel Sheppard left this review about The Grinning Rat

just down the road from the Dove, does not sell real ales, was empty when we walked by. Why would you want to go there when the Dove is up the road?

On 22nd May 2009 - rating: 4
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train man left this review about The Grinning Rat

Rapport evident between barstaff & punters shows this to be a sound community local. Adnams Bitter & Broadside on handpump. Varied clientele and age groups. Pool room hidden away to the rear, so not impacting on the bar space. Not bad, but users of this site will be moving rapidly on to the Dove a few yards up the road.

On 18th January 2008 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Derby Road (Ipswich), 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Ipswich, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Westerfield, 1.95 miles, 37 min walk (show)
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27th Feb 2019, 17:14
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27th Feb 2019, 10:49
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  • Real Ale : No last updated 22 May 2009 by Moby Duck
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