Ipswich: Cheers to our new local

GASPING for a gulp, excited ale-lovers queued to sample the delights of a new town centre venue.

With barrels of beer displayed behind the rustic-style bar, sawdust spread across the floor and the goblin statues looking down from above, excitement filled the air of St Jude’s Brewery Tavern, as its doors were opened for the first time yesterday.

With an acoustic folk band playing in the corner of the gothic and vintage-style venue, revellers gathered to enjoy the taste of local beverages and soak-up the atmosphere.

With pubs up and down the country closing down, the town’s latest tavern – based in St Matthew’s Street – is bucking the trend and has begun pulling in the punters.

Staff at St Jude’s Brewery have been busy transforming the former Olan Mills photography studio in St Matthew’s Street into their first inn.

The brewery in Cardigan Street was established in 2006 and has since gone from strength to strength and has been producing 60 firkins (one firkin is the equivalent of nine gallons) of beer each week – however as the bar opened yesterday, brewer Colleen Seymour said that production would go through the roof.

Before the opening, which attracted residents from across the town and surrounding areas, the brewer said: “The site is just perfect for us, it has so much character and it almost looks like an old London pub or tavern – it has a great feel.

Most Read

“I couldn’t be happier with the final product, it looks just as we imaged it and how we wanted it to be. It is full of little nik-naks and extra little details.

“With barrels on show behind a plastic curtain I think it makes for a really nice environment and perfect for the town’s ale-drinkers.”

The bar will be open seven days a week. It will be open from noon till 11pm from Sundays to Wednesdays, and from noon till midnight on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information on St Jude’s Brewery, visit www.stjudesbrewery.co.uk

n Are you pleased to see a new pub opening in Ipswich? What are your experiences of nightlife in the town? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail evening starletters@eveningstar.co.uk