Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

The private members' club in the heart of Ipswich

Important Club information

Please read the Chairman's Newsletter issued October 2020 HERE


Owing to the announcement of a new lockdown commencing Thursday 5th November, the clubhouse is now closed and all planned events for November are cancelled.

We can now confirm that we will re-open the Clubhouse Thursday 3rd December with full Christmas décor. The real tree and log fire burning in the Reading Room and OPEN FOR LUNCH!

We have a brand new December lunch menu for you to explore over the festive season Tuesday to Friday 12.00-2.00. Do remember you can invite non member friends and family. If you wish to book a table please email your requests and I will confirm.

Our Annual Members Dinner will be held 11th December which will showcase a whole new modern style of cuisine and format. Our Family & Friends Christmas Dinner the 18th December will also go ahead with yet again a modern approach. Both events are fully booked but if you wish to be added to our waiting list please make contact.

I will now start work on further evening events for January and keep you informed as soon as I can.

Robert Coppin - Club Manager


ANNUAL MEMBERS DINNER - Friday 11th December

We are hosting our special Annual Members Dinner Friday 11th December.

This is a complicated evening to organise as we wish to seat you on tables of six with fellow members who you know and trust with tables socially spaced.

We will talk with you to ensure you are happy with your fellow diners at table.

Important. This is a strictly members only black tie event.

Arrival 6.30pm. Club closes 10.00pm by Law.

4 course menu inclusive of table wines and port. £65.00 per member payable in advance and non refundable unless curtailed by Government restrictions.

If you wish to book a table of six or be joined by other members on a table please make your booking. STRICTLY LIMITED NUMBERS.

All bookings are confirmed on the understanding that Government rules may be subject to change.


  • We have a COVID19 Clubhouse traffic flow system.
  • Entry to the Clubhouse is ONLY via our Northgate Street entrance.
  • Exit from Clubhouse is ONLY via our Tower Street door.
  • Please follow the arrows located in the clubhouse. We are here to assist.
  • You MUST use our sanitiser provided in our entrance. Use pin code as advised (reminders available) - the pad is regularly sanitised.
  • Upon entry to the building, the lead visitor of the party is required to sign-in.
  • Toilets are on a 1 out, 1 in basis with signs for you to use.
  • The bar area is closed and we will serve drinks to tables.
  • Payment by card is preferred.
  • Snooker rooms are pre-book only. DO NOT attempt to arrive without booking as you WILL be turned away.
  • If you wish to use a face mask you may do so but this is not mandatory.
  • The clubhouse is capped at 30 persons at any one time.
  • We will be continually sanitising areas before opening and during the day for your safety.
  • You must not attend the clubhouse if your feel unwell, raised temperature, persistent cough, changes in smell and taste.

Robert Coppin

The Ipswich and Suffolk Club is a private members club that offers a varied range of social, sporting and fine dining benefits to its members and is also available for hire to both members and non-members as a fine venue for small to medium-sized meetings, conferences, civil weddings, private parties and functions.

Tucked unobtrusively between Northgate Street, and Tower Street, in the shadow of St Mary Le Tower Church, the club has provided a haven for its members since the 19th Century and The Ipswich & Suffolk Club has long been referred to as one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets.

Formerly the residence for the Archdeacon of Suffolk, Archdeacon's House was built on the site of the original Archdeacon's Palace and is steeped in history. The building today is mainly 18th/19th Century but does retain some of the 16th/17th Century structure. The 15th Century gatehouse fronting Northgate Street was originally commissioned by William Pykenham in 1471 and is the oldest remaining evidence of the original building. More information on the Pykenham Gatehouse can be found here.

Inside Archdeacon’s House, the club offers a comfortable and elegant venue for its many social activities and its grounds provide a convenient town-centre parking facility exclusively for its members.