Memories of Hare and Hounds pub in Ipswich from 1974

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

These pictures from The Hare and Hounds Pub in Norwich Road will evoke fond memories for many from 1974.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

The Hare and Hounds: It was a pub that was once branded one of the toughest in Britain.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

But it had attracted a crowd of regular customers, as these happy pictures from 1974 show.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

The venue, built in the 1800s, stood proudly on Norwich Road and was at one point two separate pubs: The Hare and Hounds and The Grapes.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

It was a popular pre and post-match venue for football fans, and often found its reputation tarnished with reports of hooliganism and violence.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

In 2004, it featured in the Sky One series Britain’s Toughest Pubs, appearing alongside a string of rough, dirty and dangerous pubs.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

The pub shut its doors for the final time in July 2011. The building was purchased by Coe’s and is now home to a wedding shop.

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub

One of the many punters at the Hare and Hounds pub - Credit: Archant

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