Pub is at the far-western edge of the village, almost in Little Finborough. It was historically listed as being in Upper town, i.e. Combs.
After long and protracted negotiations by a group of determined village folks, a lease was signed for the pub to re-open as the Battisford Punch Bowl Community Inn. Said to be Suffolk's first Community Inn, much refurbishment work was done, with the pub finally re-opening late June 2011. Negotiations are underway for the community to buy the pub outright, with plans to add a shop and other facilities.
The pub's name shows it to have been a haunt of Whigs during the 17th century, as punch was their preferred drink. Their rival Tories preferred old-fashioned wines.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)