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The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich

76 St Helens Street
Ipswich
IP4 2LA
Phone: 01473211270
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Quinno _ left this review about The Dove Street Inn

Much-lauded freehouse and one I was rather looking forward to. A basic wood main bar with some fabric banquette seating, with a large conservatory off the side. Fairly quiet at 5pm on a sunny Saturday with only 7 or 8 others in and a bit of a subdued cliquey atmosphere. Beers seemingly everywhere on entering, with 12 on cask; far too many it felt to me and inevitably my Adnams Break Point was a warm and flabby disappointment (NBSS 2) whilst my companion's beer wasn't much better. Stuffed with COVID frighteners it was still operating the full farce of Track & Trace, masking and table service, to the extent where one particular member of staff took it upon herself to loudly screech (I do not exaggerate here) at any incoming patrons who dared to enter without a mask on, as if they were tramping in from a nuclear accident. Honestly – even if you’re still petrified enough of the thing (but not petrified enough that you’re willing to open) at least be polite and reasonable, it really did reinforce the cliqueness of the place, that outsiders are not welcome. I really took against the pub and so did my pal; we ditched our substandard beers, covered our ears from the screeching harridan’s tongue-lashings and made our exit. Dire, but almost funny. Almost.
Visited early August.

On 12th September 2021 - rating: 4
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Dove Street Inn

I'd originally planned to visit Ipswich the previous week, but luckily I delayed my trip to this week, as the Dove Street Inn only re-opened this Thursday.

I'm not sure of the reason for the extended closure, but the pub benefits from a large outdoor area, with many of the available tables undercover. This was just as well, as the rain started during my visit and I at least managed to stay dry for this one.

Blackboards display the available real ales and ciders. Greene King Abbot & Adnams Broadside appear to make regular appearances. In addition, there was Adnams Southwold Bitter, Oakham Inferno, Shorts Farm Blonde, Hopback Summer Lightning, Rudgate Ruby Mild & Dancing Duck Dark Drake. Ciders were Taunton Cider Company Dry & Medium, Celtic Marches Clementine Perry, Lilley's Chocolate Apple Cider & Seacider Cherry Bakewell.

Food was being served from an outdoor grill, with burgers and other barbecued food available.

With pleasant service and a nice, quiet drinking environment, this was my favourite pub in Ipswich and I was glad to finally get here after seeing it advertised for many years in the London Drinker magazine.

On 1st May 2021 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Dove Street Inn

A truly excellent pub, with an assortment of drinking areas including some nice historic rooms, a glazed-over yard and a German-style beer garden. It is difficult to convey the rather splendid overall impression, so just go there and enjoy the great range of beers.

On 4th March 2019 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Derby Road (Ipswich), 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Ipswich, 1.13 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Westerfield, 1.97 miles, 38 min walk (show)
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12th Sep 2021, 14:22
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12th Sep 2021, 14:20
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  • Accommodation : Yes - adjacent - last updated 27 February 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - September and two othes - last updated 22 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 May 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 27 February 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 May 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 23 May 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 23 May 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
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