A popular bar on the Waterfront in Ipswich will have its license reviewed by borough chiefs this week following a complaint about music noise levels at the site.

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Regulars of Isaacs will now be nervously awaiting the results of hearing, which is due to take place at Grafton House, in Russell Road.

A spokesman for the pub has declined to comment on the hearing, saying that there was a “process ongoing” which it was assisting in.

Full details of the premises license hearing have not been released but a spokesman for the borough council confirmed a meeting of the licensing and regulatory sub-committee will discuss it today.

For more information, visit www.ipswich.gov.uk

23 comments

  • For crying out loud. Some of you on this site do nothing but moan and obviously would not be happy until all of the staff were out of a job and no one in Ipswich was allowed to go out and enjoy themselves. I don't need to name names as you know who you are. Whilst Isaacs is not my cup of tea it is one the few venues left in Ipswich where people can go out of an evening for a night out. Yes I would love to see another pub open up on the waterfront to give them some competition but if they are forced to close the waterfront will end up like the rest of the town centre, a run down slum. No doubt it will be the weekend householders living in the overpriced apartments or those in their overpriced yachts who are complaining.

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    IMP

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I agree with 'Esco Fiasco'. It's so successful that it has ruined going out in Ipswich for me. Since Isaacs became so successful every other pub or bar in town has become virtually empty so now when going out in town Isaacs is really the only option which makes going out a bit boring. It might be a nice place for a drink, but I like a bit of variety.

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    RC

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Blue and true... So reading "Entrepreneur" in my name you assume its jealousy about not making "all the money"? hmm... and Tedbundy... whats plastic got to do with it? You expect basic high-levels of hygiene (or more simply, you expect glasses to be clean) . Who wants to drink from a glass containing lipstick etc? If they used plastic styrene acrylonitrile then they can stick it in the dishwasher! Isaacs is no more significant than DsDoubleDs is to the young boy racers... its become a de facto place because nightlife in Ipswich is effectively dead. Where do you go? Once upon a time you had a choice what nightclub you went to... and there are other pubs, ask most people... no one begins at Isaacs, they start at other pubs... the over-hyped wetdock area as a destination is all Isaacs has going for it. Esco Fiasco hits the nail on the head. Mel C also has an honest non-hyped view. More competition is needed and like Drew says, I would also prefer a Wetherspoons (or other pub operator) to add competition to the waterfront area. perhaps even Whitbread Plc. Cult bar is a bit far away for most people... and its not everyones cup of tea - its better run than Isaacs. As for your comment Terence - its not selfish (beyond a personal opinion, you can argue everyones opinion is selfish) and its not about people enjoying themselves, another operator would come along and improve Isaacs... oh did I not mention that Isaacs complex is for sale? Not to mention if Isaacs ever did close there is at least 20 others pubs and bars people can go to...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Ipswich Entrepreneur - What exactly is your problem?! You hope they lose their licence, why, because you not the guy who's making all the money? Jealous, pure & simple! It may be over priced, but people clearly like the place. All you do on this site is moan! When your have something productive, please return! WOW! & LEE Davies, something positive! About time!

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    Blue and true

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • @EscoFiasco the reason they had a chalkboard outside with 'Beer Festival' on was quite unremarkably because guess what they actually had a beer festival on...waterfront location pub takes advantage of waterfront location festival shocker...the Camra beer festival was separately signed as best as they could set within the limitations the council insisted on.

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    beerbaron

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Ipswich Entrepreneur, the reason why they don't clean the glasses is because they are plastic. So you want somewhere to lose its license even though you have no clue about the place? Some Entrepreneur you are.

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    Tedbundy

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I agree with 'Esco Fiasco'. It's so successful that it has ruined going out in Ipswich for me. Since Isaacs became so successful every other pubbar in town has become virtually empty so know when going out in town Isaacs is really the only option which makes going out a bit boring. It might be a nice place for a drink, but I like a bit of variety.

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    RC

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Terrence Manning - what makes a word 'posh'?

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    Erm, Why?

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Its procedure. Sadly they will not revoke the licence. I am hoping they will. Isaacs is over priced and they never clean glasses properly - its actually quite disgusting from a hygiene point of view.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • TERENCE, if it's for safety why do they hand out the bottles of cider that don't fit into a pint glass when all the ice is put in?

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I hope it stays open. It does good food during the day and it's a great place for youngsters, and Ipswich doesn't have enough decent places for young folk. My 22 year old daughter would probably be really gutted if it closed.

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    Captain Z

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I will say on a couple of occasions the volume of music from Issacs, presumably being played outside, has spoilt for me what otherwise would have been a pleasant weekend afternoon stroll along the Ipswich Waterfront, the bass boom being audible pretty much at any point around the old wet dock. So rather than sit and take a coffee or drink somewhere we've moved on elsewhere to somewhere quieter!

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    mmm

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • erm why [ spelling my name wrong.]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Re:- Terrence manning.....Plastic Glasses? surely thats not possible as its two different materials? its either plastic OR glass?

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Isaacs is a blight on Ipswich. With a licence for nearly 900 people it sucks the life out of everywhere else. If you go out and want to go somewhere lively, the default is Isaacs, that's why other bars suffer. Restaurants will do fine as the food at Isaacs is not great, but for a lively pub in Ipswich Isaacs dominates. The music is too loud, you often can't even hear yourself talk in the courtyard. It's not even if it's good music, it's usually little more than karaoke. At least get some proper live music.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • if they start taking the licences away the waterfront will end up like kowloon hong kong in the 50s.selfish comment ipswich entrepreneur [ it is nice to see people enjoying themselves.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Chris thanks for clearing that up. But my main point still stands that we have certain people here who are very selfish and won't be happy until another business is forced to go under and it's staff are out of work. Just because they do not like the business concerned. I would also hazard a guess that those doing the complaining hardly ever go there anyway if at all!! So why should they care? As for the hotel I wonder how they would react if we were to start up a campaign to complain about the fact that they were fleecing their customers with their very overpriced for rooms??

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    IMP

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • @IMP + anyone else...The complainant here is the Salthouse Harbour Hotel. Complaining that their customers facing Isaacs are being disturbed. OK, if Isaacs are breaching their license then something needs to be done, but at the end of the day it's a hotel next door to a pubbarvenue! Far as I know (but could eaily be wrong) Isaacs, or any previous incarnation has been there longer than the hotel. Plus it's a very popular place and brings people to the waterfront (which the council loves so much) so at worst a small fine and some monitoring from multiple sources to ensure future adherence to the license conditions.

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • lots of places use plastic glasses , it is for safety. nice posh words mel c.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Isaacs is best described as a cold ,impersonal pub without character and proper glasses to drink out of..What it needs is some healthy competition in order to eradicate the complacency that pervades the whole place- they never miss a trick to extract cash from its customers

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    Mel C

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Well it's not my favourite place as they treat their staff badly but you have to say it is a pleasant place if you like that sort of thing. As much as I dislike Whetherspoons I hope they take over the now closed Quayside just to shove a prong up Isaacs and let people vote with their feet and make a statement against the arrogance of Isaacs.

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    Drew Peacock

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Here we go again, blinking neighbours. Whoever was their first wins.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Agree Mel C. Last summer when the maritime festival and CAMRA beer festival were on they had a chalkboard outside with 'Beer Festival' and an arrow pointing into the pub. I met quite a few people who had been suckered by that.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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