Tuesday, 04 Aug 2020

The private members' club in the heart of Ipswich

Important Club information

In line with Government advice and the interests of the safety of Members and of our staff, the facilities of the clubhouse will be closed to members until Monday August 3rd 2020.

The car park will remain open for use of Members and will be utilising the automatic gate system.

Please read the Chairman's Newsletter issued July HERE

MANAGER'S UPDATE Wednesday 22nd July 2020

I thought I should update you all on how well we are progressing with the club opening 3rd August.

We found after 4 months, taps seized, freezers and fridges broken, spiders & dust everywhere, weeds galore. So understandably Joy(my Wife) and myself have been extremely busy. Getting the Restaurant windows open was a major task as we will not be using the air-conditioning but we managed in the end. The Terrace has been jet washed and marked out ready for alfresco dining so those in shorts can still pop down during the summer. As indicated in the Chairman’s newsletter we are still progressing with a shade sail for this area.

While this work is in progress I have been working on a new menu design for Denis & Richard to populate with new dishes and have been heartened by the level of bookings for the first week of opening. So keep booking for August while the Eat Out to Help Out offer is running. Do please BOOK as the clubhouse currently has a limit of 30 guests (excluding Terrace) and I would hate to turn you away. Remember we have table service for drinks with food service Monday –Thursday.

I have enquiries for future group events so have been working on Restaurant layouts to Socially Distance the guests. We can now accommodate 25 over 5 tables in the Restaurant. Any further groups that wish to send a delegate and discuss please call me to arrange a diary date.

I am now also working on the feasibility to temporarily block the Northgate car park and use our huge stock of artificial turf for Socially Distanced outdoor events. I will keep you posted on this development as I’m currently in talks with a classical artist to jump start the idea.

The grand finale for me will be the window and industrial kitchen cleaners that are booked for the 27th July with Denis, Richard & Jayne to return to work on 28th July to bed in. I am really looking forward to working together again.


UPDATE Wednesday 15th July 2020

We are delighted to announce we are registered with the UK Government Eat Out to Help Out scheme for August. Bookings are now being taken (strongly recommended) from reopening day 3rd August and we are so looking forward to seeing you all again.





  • 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.