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Traditional bar with accommodation located close to the former Felixstowe Beach railway station which once offered easy access to the ferry terminus for foot passengers. Live music on Fri eves. Good value accommodation (12 rooms).
The Dolphin is Suffolk's most southerly pub.
Local licensing authority for Felixstowe is Suffolk Coastal
last updated 04/09/2014
(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.