Felixstowe Dolphin summary from Suffolk Camra
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Felixstowe Dolphin

  • previously known as Station Hotel
  • 41 Beach Station Rd
  • IP11 2EY
  • 01394 282 261ring now
  • grid reference TM 292 334
  • opened 1883 (rebuilt 1959)
  • owner Punch
real ale available
  • traditional bar
Beer served through handpullsLunchtime meals (not just snacks)Evening mealsRestaurant or separate dining areaTraditional separate public barTraditional pub games availableReal coal or log firedogs-welcomechildren-welcomeAccommodation availablePub is accessible to disabled customersBus stopstation within five milesRegular live musicCar parkBeer garden or other outside drinking area
Historical info
Public transport

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)


A dolphin is seen as a friendly animal that would help ancient mariners by twining itself round the anchor cable in a storm to prevent the anchor dragging. It also features in many coats of arms including the Fishmongers Company and the Company of Watermen. In France from the 14th cent. the eldest son of the king was known as "le dauphin".

Beach Station (opposite) was the first of Felixstowe's 3 railway stations to be opened - by Colonel Tomline, in 1877, when it stood at the end of a single line.