The Mulberry Tree - Free House

The Mulberry Tree - Free House

The Mulberry Tree - Free House
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Now a privately owned pub which was reopened in March 2012 after being refurbished from January 2012. The pub has a selection of up to 16 Real Ales, (8 on hand pull and 8 on gravity) 6 to 8+ Real Ciders on at one time (more in summer) & many Lagers, Wines & Spirits. We pride ourselves in running a friendly and welcoming pub that accepts well behaved children and dogs. We have an outdoor seating area and plenty of seating inside. THERE IS NOW; Seating at the back in a new covered/heated smoking shelter. It incorporates a BBQ area and a large WOOD FIRED Pizza oven. The NEW BUILD includes a new kitchen which serves home cooked meals 7 days a week from noon till 9pm. Band days food orders finish earlier, check with pub for details. Friday & Saturday evenings we have live bands ranging in genre from Ska/Reggae, Rock covers and originals bands. We have a fortnightly Sunday Folk Session which we invite players and fans alike to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you soon. See Face Book 'Mulberry Tree - Free House' or Grapevine for details
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Mark B
Manningtree, UK192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
I recently visited the Mulberry Tree as my friends band were playing with the added attraction of beer festival for good measure. The pub has a really good atmosphere, great staff and the beer was excellent especially the Medusa. My friends band went down well and we all went home fat, merry and happy. Top!
Written November 12, 2014
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DEAR MARK Thanks for your positive review and we are glad you and your friends had a good time. We hope to see you all again kind regards Des
Written January 24, 2015
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TheFecker
Ipswich5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
I am glad to have the opportunity to write the first review for The Mulberry Tree (and indeed the honour!). Over the years this pub's reputation has come to reflect the neglect with which it has been treated, and many from Ipswich are so familiar with the poor standards historically associated with the venue that they are likely to avoid it altogether!

However, since April 2012 Des, the new Landlord has taken over and the pub has undergone a radical transformation!!! The interior has been competely renovated, it looks and smells nice and feels clean and fresh. Although the building does have a modern and almost minimalist feel to it there are fireplaces and plenty of seating, as well as two television screens. The toilets are well maintained as well the general cleanliness of the pub and there are benches in the front beer garden for all of you smokers!

The barstaff are extremely friendly and helpful, and the Landlord and Manager seem to be front of house a lot and make time for the customers! During the daytime business seems to be slow and there are not always a lot of customers there, however it still feels warm and inviting! However, when the weekend has arrived the pub comes into it's own and has an extremely vibrant atmosphere and has a very adult but fun feel to it. At weekends one can expect to see many of Ipswich's well known and not so well know bands. Dogs and children appear to be welcome provided they both behave! The Landlord even keeps treats for the dogs and children behind the bar if the behave well during the visit!

The Mulberry Tree should soon gain recognition as one of the premier, if not THE premier real ale venues in Ipswich. There seems to be between 14-16 real ales available at all times and their facebook page is regularly maintained and updated whenever new ales are available. They also have traditional cider along with a variety of premium lagers on draught, including Aspall's and Guiness. They also stock the standard range of bottled drinks and spirits, however they have some excellent whiskeys/whiskys on offer such as Bushmills, Singleton, Laphraoig, Talisker and Jura to name but a few. The drinks seem to be reasonably and competitivey priced compared to other pubs in Ipswich also! possibly only downfall is they do not currently do food, but the Landlord has assured me that he plans to ge the pub set up to cater for dining it the near future.

CONCLUSION; to sum it up, this is a great pub! The Staff and Landlord are extremely welcoming, friendly and accomodating,it is grown up, safe, family friendly and enjoyable (even if quiet during the day time) atmosphere. Des' attention to detail and care for the pub is a reflection of his dedication and an absolute credit to him. This pub is well worth a visit, especially at the weekend! This is why I have made this my new "local" and would encourage anyone else to come in for a visit!
Written June 19, 2012
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Dear 'TheFecker', Thank you very much for all of your comments. As you have said alot of effort has gone into making the pub the way it is and we always like to see customer feedback. We hope to see you again soon, Many Thanks, The Mulberry Tree Management & Staff
Written August 9, 2012
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loopy101
Ipswich, UK346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
I recommend this pub on a Friday and Saturday night if you like live bands. Seems a friendly place with plenty of different lagers/beers and loads of ciders to choose from. We saw 'The Resonators' on Friday night who were a great rock covers band. Check out their facebook page for listings of bands coming up.
Written October 30, 2013
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Hi, Myself and my staff thank you for your comments and your custom. May we continue to keep it and our pub to a appreciated level. Kind regards Des
Written May 14, 2014
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geoffroys_cat
Bury St. Edmunds, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
Went with my wife and two children before the theatre on a Monday evening after realising for the 50th time that the Chinese don't don't do Monday's. Our dinner turned up after a pre-warned 45 minutes. Food was ok if you're used to shopping at Iceland. If the pies were home-made than take me to the home of pukka. Side dish of veg for £3 consisted of frozen peas and sweet corn and had to ask for the baked beans to be re-included. No-one seemed to know what they were doing! On the upside the Cider selection was awesome - I only wish I liked cider.
Written April 25, 2016
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Dear Reviewer Thank you for your response today. I have looked at the review closely and made some inquiries of my staff and the manager on shift that evening. We asked ourselves many a question to get to the bottom of why you were as unhappy as you clearly are. I myself remember the order and it was as such:- 2x Steak and Kidney pies 1x Children's Sausage, chips and beans (with a slice of bread and butter) 1x Children's Chicken Goujons, chips and beans (no chips) 1x Portion of Veg as an extra To answer you fully; There was an assumption on our part (as we were not informed otherwise) that the children's meals were for the children. I plated a Chicken Goujon meal with a child in mind so put corn and peas on the plate to replace the chips. I further considered that beans on the same plate would look a mess so i asked the manager to ask you if you wanted the beans? you did not have to ask for them as I prompted staff to ask you. The answer was yes so 2 mins later you had them in a ramekin. I was surprised to be handing them to your wife and not a child. Had I known it was for an adult they would have had a small bowl of French beans, cauliflower & carrots.... a selection that a child might readily dismiss! Our mistake 'would have been' to charge you an extra as opposed to a replacement for fries done gratis although it costs more. By the way our fries are not frozen, but fresh,hand cut & double fried. The pies are a firm favorite, they are hand made and our own recipes. I cannot comment that you prefer A PUKKA variety, your tastes are your own, but as for the Iceland comment its not really warranted, is it ? Every establishment has a range of frozen produce and if you wish to understand otherwise that too is your choice. If you wish everything as fresh as it was just cooked, pulled out of the ground, sea, sky etc., then you'd see the cost rise exponentially. Those prices did not reflect what you paid sir. You state "no one seemed to know what they were doing" admittedly we are training a new lad and I'm sorry you did not get the service you expected, especially as we are known for our service and courtesy. The bit I find hard to understand is this; We ask all our diners "Is everything is ok with your meal?" Every chance is given to every customer to complain so we can rectify any issues. Your answer to my manager was ''all's was well'' or to that effect. I cannot understand why you choose this forum to make a statement you could have easily made on the day and received satisfaction. From my questions to him, I understand he asked from behind the bar about 6 feet away which is not acceptable to my mind as he should have approached your table fully and I apologise if that came across as less than courteous. I am glad you liked our cider selection if only to look at, we have been cider pub of the year a few times for the region. We hope on your next visit you have more luck with your first choice and that the Chinese excel where we failed. But don't go to the one opposite for the all you can eat variety as their service is not that PUKKA I hear :-) Kind regards Des / Owner
Written April 27, 2016
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Michael M
Ipswich, UK691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
If you want some live music on Saturday nights then i would recommend you give this place a look. Rural Outcasts were playing and did a good gig with a play list which was right up my street. A good selection of beers and fast service. The owners try hard to entertain the Ipswich public and deserve a few more through the door, although the decent size crowd in very much enjoyed the night with plenty of dancers showing off their moves. Well worth a visit.
Written February 19, 2017
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Carmela W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Went to this lovely bright and friendly pub for the third time this weekend and have to say been very impressed with it every time.
This weekend I was pleasantly surprised to find freshly made pizzas being cooked in the custom made wood burning oven.What a treat!There are very few places near or far that offer such a authentic pizzas and have recommended so many friends to go and try.Pizza will never taste the same anywhere again!Compliments to the chef and well done for going that extra mile.
On the two previous occasions my friends and had fantastic nights with the two very good bands playing with a great crowd present and all left on a great high.
I understand the food is something to right about and planning to sample a few dishes on my next visit which will be very soon. Such a great pub and a credit to the staff and owner where you can see all the hard work and effort made in making you feel welcome.
Definitely the best place in town by far.👍
Written May 5, 2016
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Dear Carmela So very pleased you loved our Pizzas and the pub generally. We will be happy to see you come back to sample our food and hospitality. Best wishes Des S.
Written May 6, 2016
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Michael M
Ipswich, UK691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
This pub seemed a bit dark and dingy at first but it did grow on me. It was a Friday night and a decent crowd were in. A live band were performing and i very much enjoyed this. Some venues I've been to recently the music is way to loud but this venue got it bang on. The staff seemed ok and served a decent pint. We had a good night and will be keeping an eye out for more live music at this venue. Recommended and will return.
Written April 9, 2016
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Dear Michael We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and that the music was to your liking. We have music every Friday and Saturday's and some Sundays too - also Folk every 2 weeks on the Sunday. We keep the volume within a set framework so its enjoyable and not painful! As regards The beer, we have scored 120/120 three years in a row with CASK MARQUE and in the good beer guide so you be right ...we do good beer! We'd be happy to see you return back to us and sample more dark N dingy, it's what my customers regard as atmosphere on a music night ...;-) Our face book page has the gigs listed for the month as a banner if you'd like to see whats on. Or get a Grape vine magazine to see the gigs for the region. Kind regards Des S.
Written April 27, 2016
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K B
Newmarket, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
I struggled to find somewhere I wanted to go into in Ipswich (should have looked at Tripadvisor!) The Mulberry Tree was a pleasant surprise. Good food served by friendly staff and value for money. I would go again if I'm in the area.
Written March 22, 2016
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Dear Reviewer Thank you for your kind report. I so pleased that your day turned out fine with us. And yes, if you are back this way we'd be most happy to welcome you back. Kind regards Des S. Owner and your chef on the day
Written April 27, 2016
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Clarence B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
I've been a regular customer in this pub for a while now so it's only right that I write this little review. The pub has always had a fine selection of real ales, always getting new beers in and the quality is always of a very high standard. Same with cider as well - a superb range.

If live music is your bag then they have a band on every weekend, always resulting in a fun, happy atmosphere.

The staff are always friendly and helpful - a really good bunch.

I would recommend to anyone to give The Mulberry Tree a try for it does not disappoint.

Keep rockin and rollin.
Boycie.
Written May 21, 2015
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Dear Boycie Thank you for your kind review. It is always our pleasure to serve our customers with our fine beers, ciders and our range of wines and spirits. We hope to tempt you with our food soon enough. Kitchen equipment being ordered next week! Menu to follow soon after installation. Exciting times. Regards Des, the management and staff
Written May 24, 2015
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Angel57
Essex UK1,936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Had an hour to kill before a gig at the Regent & not really wanting to hang around the busy foyer we wandered up the road & came across the Mulberry Tree.
It is a very traditional looking pub both inside & outside. The pub was busy as they had a good band playing but it didn't take long to get served. There was a great choice of beer & cider. Staff were efficient & very friendly.
All in all a great find.
Written May 5, 2015
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DEAR ANGEL57 We are pleased to have welcomed you this past week. We had a few customers in prior to the gig you attended, as we often do before and after gigs at the Regent. If it is of interest to you; We will hope to offer ticket holders a discount on their food prior to a gig when we run up the kitchen in a few weeks. in all cases, we hope to welcome you back in the future Kind Regards Des at The Mulberry Tree
Written May 6, 2015
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