Suffolk pubs at risk register
This is a register of pubs that are currently not trading and may, or may not, reopen. It also includes pubs still trading which we believe to be at risk for other reasons.
In some cases they have been in limbo for several years.
We would very much like to know what is happening to them, as we have no definitive information about their future.
If you know for certain that any of them has reopened (or is likely to soon) or has definitely closed for good, please contact Nigel Smith.
- Angel (previously Talbot), Debenham
A lively popular pub with two separate drinking rooms served by a single bar.
Some of the building dates from the 16th century, with much subsequent work.
- Bank Stores, Lowestoft
A long-standing pub close to the Bascule Bridge.
It was reported in 2015 by north-east Suffolk CAMRA as closed and up for auction. In November of that year, the local council turned down a licensing application to turn it into a strip club.
- Bayfield's (previously Bayfield's Anchor), Lowestoft
This is a 19th century hotel with a public bar.
The building was damaged in a fire late in November 2014. It has since been renovated and reopened. It was reported in September 2016 to again be closed, with the lease on the market.
- Bull, Thorpe Morieux
This remote free house had much character and the conservatory gave a fine view of the garden. Good Food was served.
The pub has not traded since 2013 and has of late been used as a trinket shop. There are fears locally that it may be converted to residential use and it has been marketed as such....
- Church's Bar & Bistro (previously Church's Café Bar), Ipswich
A former hairdresser's converted into a cosy café bar and set in a small lane close to the splendid 14th century St Mary le Tower church. It's nicely decorated, with exposed beams.
On the evidence of the ancient-looking and very hefty sign-hanger on the corner, this must have been a pub in the di...
- Cock, Little Thurlow
A former coaching inn with open fireplaces & patio at rear. After as period of uncertainty the pub has now been purchased, completely refurbished and is now open again (July 2016). Alex and Rebecca Bourne are the new owners. The food menu is being ramped up and they have a chef and front of house hu...
- Cross Keys, Henley
A prominent 3 bar village pub which sought to provide a wide range of facilities for the local community.
Although the building only dates from 1916, a pub has stood on this site much longer; the original building was burned down.
On April 24th 2015 the local CAMRA branch was informed that th...
- Duke of Marlborough (previously Marlborough Head, Marlbro Head), Somersham
This 15th century inn was, of late, mainly used as a restaurant at weekends but was still also used as a village local at times.
There were two hand-pumps offering Adnams Southwold and Broadside when last visited.
The pub closed after xmas 2014, as the current owners have retired. The village...
- Eagle Tavern, Lowestoft
A basic, back street pub.
The pub's license was revoked in October 2014, due to persistent anti-social behaviour.
It seems likely the pub will never reopen, but it's to be hoped that whatever happens to the building, the marvellous old Lacon's tiled sign and statuary will be preserved (see gal...
- Fieldy's (previously Troopers, Havelock), Lowestoft
Refurbished and re-named by new owner and re-opened in June 2015, Fieldy's is located opposite Lowestoft Town Football Club ground and just along the road from Green Jack's Brewery premises. The owner is considering adding real ale, but none is served in the pub at present. It's sister pub to Bayfie...
- Flying Fortress, Rougham
A substantial open-plan and modern styled free house set well back from the road, with tiled floors and decorated with photos and artefacts mainly related to the former World War Two airbase (Rougham) that was located nearby. The original building was much extended late in the 20th century. Although...
- George, Wickham Market
Sadly, the George was almost completely destroyed by fire in April 2013. (EADT article).
Early indications are that the remains of the pub will have to be demolished; we hope it can be rebuilt to continue providing a vital facility to this village. There's clearly a need and a desire for a pub he...
- Golden Lion (previously White Lion), Ipswich
A Grade 2 listed hotel building and former posting house, located in one corner of the historic Cornhill. Once it stood beside the moot hall, today it is dwarfed by the Victorian Town Hall.
Originally the whole hotel complex formed the Golden Lion as the large roof sign suggests. The lion statue ...
- King's Head, East Bergholt
A 400 year old pub which is claimed to have a friendly ghost. Located close to Flatford Mill.
It was refurbished during the summer of 2013 to a high contemporary standard and now features a small main bar area with large spacious dining spaces.
Currently (August 2016) closed and for sale.
- Marquis Cornwallis (previously Marquis of Cornwallis), Chedburgh
Set back a short distance from the A143, the pub has a large collection of pictures of RAF Chedburgh.
The pub was reported by West Suffolk CAMRA in December 2016 to be closed with a change of use request lodged. A public meeting was held on Monday January 18th and was attended by around 70 people...
- Masons (previously Freemasons' Tavern, Free Masons), Ipswich
A genuine back-street local which can be hard to find.
Closed and boarded up as of June 2016. On July 17th the building was severely damaged by a fire. The pub's future is uncertain.
- Morning Star, Lowestoft
A large, three bar pub with a nautical theme and a separate children's room.
It was found closed with work going on when visited in May 2016. Signage had been removed. It appears this may be renovation pending a reopening. In September, work was still ongoing but looked close to completion; no si...
- Olde Bull (previously Bull Inn), Sudbury
The Olde Bull is a mid 16th-17th century building with 18th century additions at the west-end.
The Bull was apparently de-licensed in the 1950s; we don't know when it reopened.
It's currently closed, according to West Suffolk CAMRA.
- Poacher, Cratfield
This wonderful pub is under threat. In mid-November 2015, the EADT reported that a planning application to convert it to residential use has been lodged. This has since been granted. Another wonderful pub under threat but will remain open for time being - now a case of use it or lose it!
- Prince Albert (previously Touch of Class), Lowestoft
A modern back street pub now used as a restaurant & bar. New signage and website appeared in 2012, but the website has not been updated since.
It was reported in August 2016 to be closed and on the market.
- Queen's Head, Bury St Edmunds
A former coaching inn refurbished in a Victorian style. Popular with drinkers, especially at weekend, when food is available all day.
It was built mid 19th century on an older core.
Found closed and for sale when visited in July 2016.
- Royal Oak (previously Oak), Beccles
A one bar pub a short distance from the Old Market and bus station.
It has been on the market for some time; reports reached us in November 2016 that it was closed, with new management being sought.
- Sin, Ipswich
A modern, youth-oriented bar & nightclub in the building which was once the Bluecoat Boy.
It's currently (August 2016) closed.
- Swan House (previously White Swan), Beccles
Operating mainly as a restaurant in recent years, this is a popular venue for food with regular live music (especially jazz and folk) and themed food evenings. It also hosts exhibitions.
The building is Grade 2 listed.
North-east Suffolk CAMRA report this establishment is currently closed. It ...
- Swan, Worlingworth
This characterful thatched pub has two main drinking rooms and various outside seating areas. Unusually the pub does not face the road junction but instead overlooks a small access road and a large garden.
Parts of the pub date from the mid-16th century, possibly earlier.
The Swan (along with ...
- Tramway Hotel, Pakefield
A prominent pub and hotel taking its name from a tram terminal that once stood opposite.
Saved from conversion to yet another Tesco store in 2016, the pub is now run by a new leaseholder who has moved the bar, added an extra changing Real Ale and created a larger restaurant space.
- White Hart (previously White Star ??), Hadleigh
A Grade 2* listed pub on the outskirts of the town where beamed ceilings and low level partitions give much character. An outbuilding is available for functions.
The building dates from the 15th or 16th century.
Also listed at Hadleigh Bridge.
We were informed in November 2016 that the pub ...
- White Hart, Saxmundham
This was a nicely furnished hotel, with its public bar to the rear and a separate restaurant. A taxi service and bike hire were also available; customers were advised to "ring the pub's 'phone number for bookings".
It reopened in June 2012 after a short period of closure, but closed again in Febr...
- White Horse, Risby
An 18th century coaching inn which used to be on the main Bury-Newmarket road but has since been by-passed and is now on what's essentially a slip-road for the A14.
It was reported by West Suffolk CAMRA to be closed. This was confirmed by a visit in July 2016, when the building appeared abandoned...