Ipswich: Briarbank Brewery lays claim to town’s biggest Christmas tree

The Briarbank Brewery at Isaacs in Ipswich has the largest natural Christmas tree in Ipswich.
L-R Jonathan Atkinson, Adrian Mackenzie, James Preston, Martin Currie,Gavin Cooper, Mark Nolloth,Andy Godfrey. The Briarbank Brewery at Isaacs in Ipswich has the largest natural Christmas tree in Ipswich. L-R Jonathan Atkinson, Adrian Mackenzie, James Preston, Martin Currie,Gavin Cooper, Mark Nolloth,Andy Godfrey.

Friday, December 20, 2013
1:00 PM

A brewery in Ipswich has lain claims to owning the town’s biggest natural Christmas tree in a bid to spread festive cheer among its customers and passersby.

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Management at the Briarbank Brewery on Fore Street say they have received widespread praise for the 18ft tall Norwegian spruce, with many customers pleased to see a traditional tree on display.

“It was a lovely area for it and we thought it would be a good way to spread some festive cheer,” said bar manager John Jackaman.

“It brightens up the place and people really seem to love it.”

Mr Jackaman hopes to better this year’s tree, which was bought from Bourne Bridge Garden Centre on Wherstead Road, with an even bigger one next Christmas.

“I think we could go as big as 25ft,” he said.

In keeping with the Christmas festivities, Briarbank has also brewed its own speciality yuletide ale called Insanity Clause – taking inspiration from a comedy skit by the Marx brothers.

Ipswich Borough Council’s contemporary tree is taller, but artificial, leaving Briarbank’s claim intact.

5 comments

  • Town Watch - How about learning some basic English spelling and grammar rules yourself!? Also, the modern Christmas tree dates back to the 16th century and is German in origin. Nowt particularly English about it.

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    M L

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • @Town watch. Quite what the relevance of your xenophobic rant was is a mystery to me. Though if your English is an example of that of a proud Englishman, I think it tells us all we need to know.

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    beerlover

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I think the biggest Christmas tree in ipswich is at the local hospital?

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    Mark Exton

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Shame our councill won't have one .this is England .if your hear you abide by our rules and life . Bring back our Xmas tree

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    Town watch

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Town watch; This is England. If you're here you abide by our rules Happy to help.

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    Drew Peacock

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

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