Ipswich: New owners are all set to give Bar IV a facelift

ONE of Ipswich’s most historic bars is today in line for refurbishment after it was sold to new owners.

Bar IV, based in St Peter’s Street, is now being run by father and son Dougie and Ben Ianson, who plan to transform the town-centre watering hole – and it will also be getting a new name.

The establishment, which was known as the Black Adder some years ago, was sold by specialist letting agents, Fleurets.

The bar dates back to the 17th-century and became a Grade II listed building in 1951.

It is thought to have been a merchant’s house before becoming The Craftsman pub.


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The father and son team, who formerly owned The Decanter Wine Bar in Bury St Edmunds, hope the new bar will become a “traditional pub-cum-tavern”.

Mr Ianson said: “The intention is to create a space comparatively quieter than surrounding bars, where people can relax, talk and actually hear each other”.

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The bar will open six days a week and will offer a selection of wines, real ales and lagers.

The upstairs will also be available to hire.

The new owner has not decided on a new name yet, though The Thomas Wolsey Tavern has been a popular suggestion.

Jane Sykes of Fleurets has said: “We are delighted that this popular and lively venue has found a new lease of life.

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