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COVID update

We will be opening our beer garden from 14th April. There is limited space available so booking is advised. Call us on 01473 601902 to make a reservation.

Until further notice we will be open Wednesday to Sunday.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Rugby, quizzes and live music

This month we’re all a bit excited about the Rugby.  No matter which team you support you have to admit for rugby fans the Six Nations is a big deal!  We’ll be showing Wales vs England here on Saturday 11th from 4.50pm.

This month we have all our regular monthly favourites.  You can test your wits against your friends or colleagues at the Quiz Night on either Tuesday 14th or Tuesday 28th.  Entry is only £2.50.  We’ve got some great gigs coming up this month (more on that in a moment) but if you want some slightly gentler music then you’re welcome to join us for Folk at the Boat on Thursday 23rd.  We also have an acoustic music night on Tuesday 21st.

As you probably know we’re proud of our food here at The Steamboat, and on Sunday 12th and Sunday 26th we’ll be hosting our popular Jazz lunches.  On Sunday 12th music comes from the brilliant Gipping Valley Stompers, and on Sunday 26th we have the great La Fontaine Ensemble providing the tunes.  Food is served from noon and the music starts around 2pm.

If you like your music a little (lot) louder then you might enjoy the gig we’ve got lined up on Friday 24th.  Live on stage we’ve got a new local band making their Ipswich debut – Telefünken.  Telefünken are made of of members of local ‘legends’ like The Ballsitics, ZEEB?, These Are End Times and Uncle Black.  Also playing that night are Bono and Paper Champ.

On Sunday 26th the mighty French band Burning Lady are stopping off here as a part of their tour.  Support on the night comes from local nautical heroes East Town Pirates and Smart Alex.

And that just about wraps up what’s going to be another great month here at The Steamboat Tavern.  See you soon!

Read the full line up for Feb 2017 here…

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

We have a busy 2017 ahead of us here at The Steamboat, with some scrumptious new dishes coming to our menu. We’ll be bringing back the deep filled, locally made pies to see you through the cold winter months and there will be some new dishes like homemade, slow cooked spicy beans on toast!

We will have loads more amazing new beers and ciders from all over the UK and of cause all of the local favourites from Suffolk and the rest of East Anglia. To go with all of those great beers we have our new, delicious meaty bar snacks from the guys at Cleaver & Keg! These little bags of meaty snacks such as hot & spicy strips of beef, Chorizo cuts and Salami cuts are top quality cuts British beef and pork flavoured with herbs, spices and chilli. Believe they go perfectly with a well hopped IPA, rich porters or even a large glass red wine like our Rioja or Montepulciano!

We might not have many gigs during January but on the 14th we have what promises to be a great night of Punk with four great bands lined up to blow the roof off! Keep an eye out in the pub, on our website and on Facebook for upcoming gigs.

There is a change to the Wax on the Waterfront schedule. Wax will now be running every 2 months starting on Sunday 5th February, 6-9pm with the usual late night specials featuring bands, DJ’s and few surprises throughout the year!

We have some exciting new plans in place for the pub this year! We’ll keep you updated as we go but rest assured we’ll still be doing the same things, bringing you new and tasty treats, great bands and epic gig nights just in slightly different surroundings!! Watch this space!!

But for now, a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our wonderful customers old and new! We hope to see you soon!

Cheers, The Steamboat crew!

Spring at the Steamboat

The nights are getting lighter, the weather is getting better, sort of (well, it hopefully will soon), and gigs at The Steamboat just keep coming!

This Friday (11th) we have an unbelievable line up for you and it’s FREE ENTRY! Five superb bands will be taking the stage from 8pm. Claws, The Brackish Edge, SuperGlu, Horse Party & Dingus Khan. Not bad at all!!

More live music on Saturday night, Jazz lunch on Sunday from 2pm till 5pm, immediately followed by Wax on the Waterfront until 9pm completes what is sure to be a mega weekend of live bands and vinyl.

This months classic movie night we’ll be showing the Guy Richie film Snatch. So why not head down here for a belly filling chilli cheese jumbo hotdog & chips, some popcorn and a few beers and watch the film on our big screen.

We’ve got a one off Friday night quiz this month. The wonderful people at our favourite charity, Krissy & Friends, will be hosting a music quiz on the 18th with booze to be won, bragging rights to be had and booby prizes to be avoided! It promises to be a damn good laugh.

To finish off this month we have a music packed Easter weekend. Albion Mills will be back at The Steamboat on Good Friday from 9pm with great tunes from the ‘golden age’ of music – 1966 – 1974. Our good friends The East Town Pirates will be playing their first gig of the year in Ipswich, supported by High Wycombe punk band The Xtraverts! Fancy something a bit more chilled out? Then we have an Easter Sunday Jazz lunch from 2pm with La Fontaine Ensemble. We’ll be serving tasty food and our usual varied selection of great local and national ales and ciders all afternoon.

We have more huge gigs and events coming up in April and into the summer! We’re also converting the barn in the beer garden to house an outside bar with pizza oven, BBQ and outdoor stage!

Oh and just a reminder of our 2nd birthday celebration on Sunday 29th May. Purple Rain, the amazing Prince tribute band will be playing with a DJ from 8pm ’til late. Tickets are now on sales from the pub or Out of Time Records, £7 per ticket.

Find out what’s happening here…

Wax is back! (and other news)

February sees the return of the ever popular Wax on the Waterfront. Time to pick out your favourite records and join us for a few Sunday afternoon beers and top tunes.

This month’s classic movie is the brilliant Leon. We have 2 big screens showing the film, great deals on drinks and our scrumptious chilli cheese dog to munch on. If you fancy a smaller snack we have freshly made popcorn.

If you’ve not been to our quiz night yet, then come down and win yourself some great prizes and the bragging rights of being The Steamboat biggest brain!

We will be doing our pie offer throughout the whole of of February. Deep filled locally made pie with seasoned chips or mash, peas and gravy for only £7.50. With flavours like mixed winter game, steak & broadside ale, chicken & capel mushroom and sweet potato, feta & spinach they’re the perfect belly filler on a cold winters day.

For a full list of what’s happening here visit our ‘what’s on’ page…

2016 gigs, ales, food & films!

Firstly, Happy New Year from all of us at The Steamboat! We hope you had a great Christmas and New Year’s break. We brought in the New Year in style, with a packed house and the superb Red Flag 77, supported by Casual Nausea. If that gig was an indication of the coming year we’re in for a great 2016 of live music at The Steamboat.

The next gig is here already – this Friday night we have TV Smith back at The Boat! With support from London based punk ukulele band, The Pukes, and local guys Rampton Disco – it’s sure to be a great night.

Here’s a little tempter of a few of the bands confirmed to play in the coming months… keep a look out for Horse Party, 999, The Lurkers, Superglu, Red Flag 77, Dingus Khan, The Thinking Men and The Brackish Edge. Some brilliant acts coming up to see us through those cold, miserable months and into the summer!

We’ll have the usual bi-monthly jazz sessions on the second and last Sunday of each month from 2pm and Wax on the Waterfront makes a return on Sunday 7th February, after a short break over Christmas – ALWAYS a great way to spend your Sundays. We have also started a monthly film night – this month (21st) we will be showing the Tarantino classic True Romance. Please let us know suggestions of films you’d like to see at the Steamboat. Hot dogs, homemade popcorn and drinks offers will be available on the night!

In 2015 ale, cider and craft keg beers proved so popular we needed more pumps – so we now have another 2 hand pumps up and running and will be increasing our range of real ales and ciders. This means we need to keep sourcing new breweries and cider makers to keep the choice fresh and interesting. If there are any beers or ciders that you love and would want to see on our pumps feel free to call in, email us or drop us a message on Facebook or Twitter with your suggestions and we’ll do our best to get them in.

The new dishes on our food menu are going down a treat, if you haven’t already, why pop in and give them a try?! Homemade curries, spicy pulled pork and mozzarella panini, breaded lemon chicken escalope with garlic butter. Or just a warming bowl of homemade soup with a freshly baked roll. Yummy!

Once again, Happy New Year from The Steamboat crew and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Pie news, the return of some musical faves & Christmas ales!

What the most exciting thing about December??? It’s that you can get a super yummy deep filled pie with chips or mash, peas & gravy for only £7.50! With fillings like Wild winter Game, Steak & Broadside ale, Chicken & ham, Venison, roasted celeriac & chestnut & Lamb, Honey Glazed Parsnip & thyme there’s something for everyone’s taste.

Lots of superb winter ales now on the pumps. Hellhound Black Shuck, Adnams Old Ale, Hop Studio Vanilla Porter & Titanic Plum Porter to name a few we’ve already had this winter and loads more to come. Real cider is going all Christmasy with an cinnamon & orange spiced cider from Abrahalls, Glebe Farm ginger cider and our warm, home made mulled cider.

As well as scrumptious, warming food. Tasty ales and ciders we have some great gigs coming up over next several week. It’s our pleasure to welcome back to The Steamboat Jeremiah Marques & The Skagills. A favourite here for years Jeremiah and his band play old skool Reggae and Ska. This is sure to be a great way to get the Christmas week started (Sat 19th Dec).

New Year’s Eve!
It goes without saying New Years Eve is going to be epic! We’ll be seeing in the New Year with the brilliant Red Flag 77 supported by Casual Nausea with party tunes and food included it’s sure to be a stormer of a party. From 8 till late. Only £5 a ticket (Available from The Steamboat, Out of Time Records).

So much Christmas and New Years fun to come.

Wax special, winter ales & NYE news

We have some great gigs lined up for you this month! Wax on the Waterfront is going late night and it’s on a Saturday so no need to worry about work the next day, and they’ll bringing some live bands along. Post punk bands Diaphragm Failure from London and Egyptian Blue from Colchester will be player either side of the usual Wax session for what promises to be a top night of musical treats!

Then the following week we have four bands in one evening! Welcoming back Superglu, Horse Party and The Brackish Edge and joining them for their first gig are The Failure Men. All this for FREE!

November also brings a change to our food menu. We will be adding tasty new dishes for you to fill your bellys with. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and our website for some cracking food offers to be had.

We have had several new breweries make an appearance on the bar last month. Tring Brewery Co, Box Steam Brewery, Bad Co. Brewery, Brighton Bier to name a few. You can be sure we’ll have more new beers in the coming months, with winter now here you can expect more dark ales, porters and stouts to be on the pumps. But don’t worry you hopheads out there! The pale, hoppy, citrus ales will still be here with a bit of everything in between.

Tickets for New Years Eve will be available soon. We have the Superb Red Flag 77 with support from Casual Nausea followed by a late night disco to bring in the New Year!

The weather might be cold and the nights longer but we have plenty of great gigs, loads of scrummy food and the usual selection of the best ales, ciders and wine to see you through the coming winter.

October gigs and tons more!

With only a few weeks until the clocks go back it’s definitely starting to feel like Autumn is here. But fear not! No need to be gloomy. We have some top notch gigs lined up in the months to come and there will be superb seasonal ales and cider coming from the vast number of breweries and cider producers we now work with.

We have new additions to our food menu coming over the next few weeks, Homemade soup and freshly baked rolls is must for the colder days and our spicy pulled pork & mozzarella panini is super yummy! Stews, casseroles and homemade curry are sure to help satisfy the cravings of warming, hearty food.

We have some massive gigs coming up over the next few months, In November and December Wax on the Waterfront brings us two late night weekend specials. Horse Party will be returning alongside local bands Superglu, The Brackish Edge and The Failure Men (the new ‘These Are End Times band). Jeremiah Marques will be returning to The Steamboat after many requests to do so and we’ll be seeing the New Year in with Red Flag 77 & Casual Nausea. Just a few examples of some great nights to come!

But before then what do we have in October? Friday 9th sees touring Irish trad-rock band Cula Bula. After a brilliant performance at our ‘Scrumpy & Swine’ cider festival over the summer The Lockerbillies will be rocking The Boat on Saturday 10th. Then to finish the month we have a punky, spooky party with Fisti Kuffs supported by Casual Nausea, Voter Kernel & Yak Attack. So get your scariest, weirdest outfit on and come and join us for a night of ghoulish madness. It promises to be a scream! (Sorry)