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The Fat Cat

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Address: 288 Spring Road, Ipswich IP4 5NL, England
Phone Number: 01473 726 524
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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A real public house.

It's a shame that you would have to travel so far to find another public house of this calibre because it is the epitome of what a traditional public house should be. It's lack of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
tjgsmith
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London
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London
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a shame that you would have to travel so far to find another public house of this calibre because it is the epitome of what a traditional public house should be. It's lack of certain modern standard accoutrements and add ons such as canned music and gaming machines only serve to enhance the atmosphere of this establishment. It is... More 

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Thank tjgsmith
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Recently visited the Fat Cat and I have to say this is a fantastic place to go so many choices of ale and beer on tap and a great friendly atmosphere. It's not just for Men ladies are very much welcome. Excellent Garden anf great service.

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Thank EmmaH21
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Love this pub. Friendly, good range of beers, ciders and wine. We visit a couple of time and mouth. Great to visit with friends or just a quiet chat with friends or husband/wife/friends .

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Thank MrsLorraine S
East Anglia, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

I don't know if it's indicative of Ipswich but it's interesting that the two best pubs in town are slightly out of town (the Woolpack being the other). There is a wide range of beers on offer here and plenty of different rooms to sample them in. Some are produced on site whilst others are drafted in and the choice... More 

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Leicester UK
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310 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This place buzzes! Numerous real ales changing regularly. Great bar staff and atmosphere. Do give it a try !

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Thank Rich52
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Established for twenty years as a loca l drinking mecca, this pub is a must visit when in town. The bar always features about 12 to 14 real ales (sometimes more) plus ciders and bottled beers. It has been the local CAMRA pub of the year on many occasions and includes a pretty secluded garden to the rear of premises.... More 

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Thank zooblue
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Wonderful real ales and country wines, lunchtime food is good especially the gigantic scotch eggs. Evenings during the week you can have take away delivered plates and cutlery are provided an excellent idea, staff are friendly the atmosphere is really relaxed a great place to meet friends and chat.

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Thank Carolyn S
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

All over Suffolk and indeed further afield pubs are struggling and closing down before being turned into housing. But it doesn't have to be this way if you know what you are doing and by gum The Fat Cat has discovered a winning if simple formula that should be replicated everywhere. The pub whilst small is perfectly formed with very... More 

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Thank Jon A
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Fantastic pub with real ales, good food and above all excellent staff. Very good pint of Adnams and nice fun atmosphere

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Thank Bumble1980
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

The Fat Cat is a wonderfully friendly, very busy, local pub....that people travel across town to........ They have a good range of real ales, which could rotate quicker, but you'll always find something you like. You can order take-away in too, they'll provide plates etc and do the washing up :-)

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