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The Fat Cat (Ipswich)
Member Name: DMWCarol
The Fat Cat (Ipswich)
Date: 07/03/01, updated on 07/03/01 (55 review reads)
Advantages: A wonderful variety of real ales, kept properly and served well
Disadvantages: Nowhere to park, doesn't do food - definitely designed for drinkers
Ok, so I'm a real ale fan... that's not a crime, is it? I'm not a middle aged fella with a beard, glasses and beer belly, I'm just a girl who likes a good pint now and again.
It wasn't that long ago that I used to live on Spring Road in Ipswich, less than five minutes staggering distance from the Fat Cat, ahhh what blissful times those were...
There was something so *right* about being able to walk into the bar and see barrels on display, then peruse the blackboards to narrow down your choice of brew. And what a choice it was too - usually at least 16 different real ales, and one or two real ciders and 'specials'. Practically a beer festival on my doorstep.
Better yet, we had a landlord who knew his beer so they were always well kept and served just how they should be. No need for nasty fizzy keg rubbish in this pub! And if you couldn't make up your mind just from the name you'd be offered a couple of tastes from different pumps to help you on your way. And if you get through the evening without having tried all the ones you fancy, never fear, they do take out!
Admittedly the pub's on the small side, but none the worse for that. We managed gatherings of 20 or so in there without feeling over crowded. It also doesn't allow children inside (Although if you talk nicely to the landlord you will usually be allowed to take them through into the beer garden out back), doesn't have loud trashy music blasting out at all times and doesn't feel clinical and distant. It's very much a pub you can go to for a drink and a chat.
Give it a try next time you're in Ipswich - you won't regret it.
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