Sunday, 09 May 2021

The private members' club in the heart of Ipswich


Please note that following end of meal service 24th December,
the Clubhouse will be closed until further notice as a result of the UK Government
imposing a nationwide COVID19 lockdown - the car park remains open.

The Clubhouse WILL NOT now reopen 05 Jan 2021 as intended,
all future dining bookings have now been cancelled and we will update you
once we have further information available.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy 2021,
and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Club just as soon as we can.

March 2021 Newsletter

Dear Members

In response to the latest Government road map, we are delighted to inform you that over the past few months Robert and his team have been busy preparing the club, this in readiness to welcome members back for the re-opening of the club on Monday 12th April. Initially this will be outside on the Bar Terrace 11.00 – 4.00pm with a full Bar, morning coffee, a light lunch menu and Afternoon Tea. The toilet facilities will also be open. Please be assured that plans are afoot to provide a warm and welcoming experience for everyone. Following this, we expect to fully open the Clubhouse and our dining facilities 17th May. This includes our new Bistro area with background music, soft LED lighting, and Air Conditioning.

As is always the way, Robert and his team have been compiling an exciting calendar of events for the coming year. Within this they have been and will continue to address the importance of safety for everyone, which is paramount and will be addressed as a primary issue.

One exciting new event the club is launching is the “Business Networking Breakfast”. This is going to be a great opportunity for business members and colleagues to meet, discuss, share and support each other. It will further enable the promotion of our facilities to others, with a view to encouraging new members to join the Ipswich and Suffolk Club – being one of the only private members clubs in the area. We do have one of the finest restaurants in the county, together with enviable premises to entertain in.

During the recent lockdown (and previous ones too!) You will not be surprised to learn that your Wine Committee have been hard at work … testing and tasting no less! Their endeavours have not been in vain and have culminated in the first offering of the season - the upcoming “Taste of Freedom” event. This is the club’s first ever Zoom event and will give you an ideal opportunity to sample some great wines from the Nethergate Wines collection, one of our local suppliers - for more details regarding this event, please click HERE.

We have all struggled over the past year and are now looking forward to opening the doors again to our wonderful club. We strive to provide you with a safe place to meet friends, family and fellow members again and with a growing social calendar and exciting new events and activities for us all to engage in, is our ‘raison d’etre!’

Finally, may we once again take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and a huge thank you to those who have already renewed their membership subscriptions. Your continued support ensures we have a strong future ahead and for generations to come!

As ever stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Director Update February 2021

We would like to firstly thank all those members who have already paid their subscriptions. Your continued support of the club which we are all so proud of is greatly appreciated.

In return any vouchers that you may still have will remain valid for use as it is not our members fault they have not been able to use them and in turn our way of thanking you for your continued support.

Whilst we still all find ourselves in lockdown we have been busy investing in the clubs facilities and its future for all our members. Works on the new Bistro are nearing completion (see below) along with new furnishings we are very much looking forward to opening our doors once again as soon as we are able to do so. The addition of the Bistro and new menus will bring new experiences, flavours and feel to our club for all of its members, and guests.

We are fortunate that we have established secure footings and that we have not only survived the current situation we have been able to take rapid steps in the initial phases to secure the safety of yourselves visiting the club and also our staff.

Moving forward as we are allowed to open once again we have enhanced these measures further following the lessons of 2020 so that we will be able to provide not only the well loved friendly environment we hold so dear but also and most importantly a safe venue for all our members to return to and enjoy in 2021.

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.