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Briarbank Brewing Company

70 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1LB, England
+44 1473 284000
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Brilliant

Brilliant because I like the beer (the Irish stout is superb in my opinion). The service is great... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stephen C
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Rude staff

Apparently the bar staff work on different ends of the bar (it’s a very small bar). If there is no... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
wardster
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Ipswich
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Here at Briarbank we are proud to serve a range of hand crafted quality beers all produced in our own Microbrewery below. We have a large range of core beers available all year round, alongside seasonal beers throughout the year.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“micro brewery” (12 reviews)
“great beer” (8 reviews)
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70 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1LB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Brilliant because I like the beer (the Irish stout is superb in my opinion). The service is great (I’ve not seen the poor service a few other reviews have referenced - but I haven’t been in every night (I’d be skint and possibly divorced), but...More

Thank Stephen C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Apparently the bar staff work on different ends of the bar (it’s a very small bar). If there is no person on your end you get blanked. Totally unacceptable that they leave customers waiting because of where on the bar they stand. The service is...More

Thank wardster
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Rob P, Manager at Briarbank Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for your response. I remember you well. We were in the clean up after a very busy World cup game, and you had to wait at least a minute to be served. I'm sorry if I came across rude (I was the...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely little Brewery. Didn't have any problem with service personally as other reviews have suggested. Nice selection of craft beers. Would definitely return.

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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Upstairs at Briarbank this evening, beer excellent, went back to the bar, waited ten minutes for service, in the end had to leave for a restaurant booking. One poor person serving on a Friday evening is not good enough. Management please organise your service better.More

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Rob P, Manager at Briarbank Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2018

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed our beers, and I can only apologise regarding the wait. We do have more than one member of staff on weekend evenings, especially over a bank holiday weekend but unfortunately one of our bar staff were...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Briarbank has been going for a while now and when it first opened it was a well-oiled machine. The bar upstairs was one of a kind with its decor, it was a little homage to all the pubs and taverns of Ipswich. It was always...More

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Rob P, Manager at Briarbank Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Hi, Thank you for the feedback. I'm sorry felt we have lost our shine, I can assure you myself and staff are always pushing to improve our service. We do sometimes have slow nights, which no one ever likes but wether the bar is empty...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Group of us went to Briarbank for drinks and food after work. Ordered drinks and two portions of chips. Told wait for food was 45 mins!!! Chased up order after 30 mins but again told it was a 45 min wait. How long can chips...More

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Rob P, Manager at Briarbank Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Hi, Thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately at busy times food can take a bit longer than usual to be prepared and serve. We share our kitchen with our sister venue next door, and although they were only chips, our kitchen runs on an order...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We spent Good Friday afternoon and evening with our friends from London (formerly from Suffolk!) and decided on Briarbank as a venue for two reasons - The live music and the real ale! We are so glad we did! Despite the weather, we sat in...More

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Rob P, Manager at Briarbank Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Very glad to hear you enjoyed our venue and Beer Festival, even though the rain was slightly menacing! Cheers Rob

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Good range of ales with friendly service. Atmosphere is a bit sterile. Food is well below par... eat elsewhere.

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Six of us were staying in Ipswich for a funeral, and we chanced upon this micro brewery. It doesn't look inspiring from outside, but inside it is very comfortable and welcoming; the range of beer is superb and the food was absolutely wonderful, huge portions...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely venue with great choice of ales and gins. Staff very good even got water for thr dogs without being asked. Service and food excellent would highly reccomend and will certainly go back.

Thank Gary C
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