Saturday, 05 Dec 2020

The private members' club in the heart of Ipswich

Important Club information

Please read the Chairman's Newsletter issued October 2020 HERE


As you are aware the Government has placed Suffolk into a "Tier 2" area which means we are now subject to tighter regulation.

We will honour all lunch bookings that are from a single household or a genuine support bubble and I will be making contact with every booking to check their status.

If you wish to make a lunch booking we are open from 3rd December to 24th December Tuesday to Friday so please do so.

Regretfully, as a result of being moved to Tier 2, we have been forced to cancel our Club Annual Dinner scheduled for 11th December and also Club Dinner on 18th December.

The Clubhouse only (car park open) will be closed from 25th December to 4th January to cover staff holidays and due to Government restriction on separate households being unable to join each other in the clubhouse.

Robert Coppin - Club Manager


It is with regret that we have to announce that following a change of tier/restrictions we now have been forced to take the unfortunate decision to cancel the following events:

ANNUAL MEMBERS DINNER - Friday 11th December
CLUB DINNER - Friday 18th December


  • 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.