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Get together for the Tour of Britain

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

2012 has been a massive year for British cycling with Bradley Wiggins winning the hearts of the nation as he brought the Yellow Jersey home for Britain in the Tour de France and won Gold at the London 2012 Olympics. Then there's Chris Hoy who became Great Britain's most successful Olympian ever with the two Gold medals he won  at the Velodrome. And it's not over yet! The Tour of Britain starts in Ipswich this weekend with the Tour Ride on the 8th September, when amateur riders can take on the challenge of Stage 1 of the tour before the Professionals compete on the 9th September. The weather is looking good so why not meet up with your friends and collegues to cheer on the amateur riders and catch a glimpse of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish from Team Sky as they compete against 15 other teams for the title. Here's a list of our pubs that fall on or near the Stage 1 route from Ipswich to Norwich, providing you with a great place to meet up and view the race from. Please note that times are estimates and apply to the professional race on Sunday 9th September only. Additional comments relate to the professional race unless otherwise stated.

Ipswich Race starts at 10am at Ipswich Waterfront

Lord Nelson Fore Street Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1JZ Very close to the start of race at Neptune Quay at Ipswich Waterfront. The race starts at 10am so once all the excitement of the atmosphere subsides why not retire here for lunch. Greyhound Henley Road Ipswich Suffolk IP1 3SE Located near the tour as it passes through Christchurch Park Black Tiles Black Tiles Lane Martlesham Suffolk IP12 4SP Close to where the Tour passes through the grounds of Kesgrave Hall

Woodbridge First Yodel Sprint of The Tour in Melton at 10.36am

Cherry Tree 73 Cumberland Street Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4AG The tour passes right past here so offers a great opportunity to view the race close up. Kings Head 17 Market Hill Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4LP Watch the excitement of the Sprint, then unwind after at The Kings Head.

Snape Watch the first Sköda King of the Mountain climb from right outside the pub at 10.57am.

Crown Inn Bridge Road Snape Suffolk IP17 1SL Golden Key Priory Road Snape Suffolk IP17 1SG Watch the King of the Mountain stage pass through Snape before enjoying a spot of lunch here.

Aldeburgh The tour winds through the town from 11.04am

Railway Inn Leiston Road Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5PP The tour passes right in front of the pub so it's a perfect place to meet up. White Hart High Street Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5AJ Cross Keys Crabbe Street Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5BN Mill Inn Market Cross Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5BJ


Bell Inn The Green Middleton Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 3NN Relax in the large beer garden off the village green after watching the peloton move down the main road (B1122).

Westleton The second Sköda King of the Mountain stage starts here at 11.29am

White Horse Darsham Road Westleton Suffolk IP17 3AH Take in the atmosphere from the walled beer garden.


White Hart London Road Blythburgh Suffolk IP19 9LQ The tour ride passes right outside and afterwards you can enjoy a pint of Adnams by the Blyth estuary.

Reydon The tour nears our hometown of Southwold at 11.43am

Randolph Hotel 41 Wangford Road Reydon Suffolk IP18 6PZ This is the closest pub to where the tour riders pass near our Hometown of Southwold. And in perfect time for lunch!

Southwold (Tour Ride amateur race only - Saturday 8th September)

The Tour Riders amateur race enters Southwold for a Feed Station at Southwold Pier and leaves the town down the high street so there's plenty of Adnams establishments to see the riders!

Blyth Hotel Station Road Southwold Suffolk IP18 6AY Sole Bay East Green Southwold Suffolk IP18 6JN Lord Nelson East Street Southwold Suffolk IP18 6EJ Red Lion South Green Southwold Suffolk IP18 6ET The Swan Market Place Southwold Suffolk IP18 6EG The Crown High Street Southwold Suffolk IP18 6DP Kings Head 25 High Street Southwold Suffolk IP18 6AD


Five Bells Southwold Road South Cove Wrentham Suffolk NR34 7JD The tour passes right past the pub so you can cheer and have a pint! For a detailed route map of Stage 1 please visit The Tour of Britain website.