As our previous blog will attest, you can’t beat watching sport down the pub – whether it’s Euro 2016 or the Rio Olympics, a pub atmosphere adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the experience – even if you risk a beer-drenching when the winning goal goes in and can only see half the screen because the tallest bloke in town decides to park himself in front of you!
So, what are the best pubs in Ipswich to watch this year’s Summer of Sport?
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit this list might be a little biased as I’ve recently installed new TV systems in all of them!
A permanent fixture in central Ipswich since 1737 (and for nearly 50 years as a grog shop before that), can you believe Mannings’ patrons had been TV-less for nearly 300 years!? We changed all that earlier this month when we installed new TVs in time for the Euros. For those of you wanting to escape the football, you’ll still be able to get some respite in Mannings’ quiet courtyard garden, but for the sport fans, you can now enjoy a fine selection of real ale and good food while watching the game amidst the hustle and bustle of the Cornhill.
2. The Douglas Bader
Situated adjacent to the village green at Martlesham Heath, The Douglas Bader is a family pub and restaurant, with Cask Marque real ales for the adults and indoor & outdoor play areas for the kids. This friendly pub now also boasts a new TV system, so park the little ones in the games room and settle in for kick-off. Here’s what Margaret the owner had to say about our service: “Digital Dimensions provided a prompt and efficient service, backed up by excellent technical knowledge. It’s always nice to work with people who are friendly and reliable.”
3. The Greyhound
The ever-popular and award-winning Greyhound (on the outskirts of Ipswich town centre, opposite Christchurch Park) has an outdoor seating area, perfect for enjoying a pre-match cold one in the sun, and a cosy snug room where you can watch the Summer of Sport in comfortable surroundings – on a nice, new telly. If you fancy some grub, the restaurant creates all of its food from fresh ingredients, sourced from local suppliers, and offers a great selection of Adnams real ales, wines and spirits.
All three pubs are well worth a visit, whether you’re looking for somewhere to watch the game, or just fancy a bite to eat and a few drinks with some friends.
An honourable mention goes to The Grinning Rat, who now have an excellent TV setup to complement their amazing live music and open mic nights.