Botesdale GreyhoundReal Ale
The Street, IP22 1BS
grid reference TM 047 758
owner Chris Burnard
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- Mon-Sat: 1700-2300
- Sun: 1200-2230
- Tue-Sat: 1730-2100
- Sun: 1200 onwards (hog roll and wedges only).
regular real ales
Range varies. A lot of local ales.
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Botesdale is Mid Suffolk
CAMRA Mid-Anglia branch.
last updated 08/12/2016
Once a coaching inn on the London-Norwich road, this no frills pub has a loyal following of regulars and lots of character. Bare floorboards, old furniture, old photos and taxidermy exhibits add to the atmosphere. It has a busy bar, quieter lounge and a pool room. Good home-made burgers are available Wednesday nights. Sunday food is stew only. Live music Fridays, monthly curry night. Some beers may be served under CO2
The building dates from the late 15th century, though it was partly rebuilt and extended about 1600.
The spaniel on the sign (the sharp-eyed will have spotted that it's not a greyhound) is called Elvis and is owned by the pub's proprietor, Chris Burnard.
Planning permission has been granted for an on-site microbrewery, though this was some time ago and there appears to be no progress on it.
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Separate public bar
Traditional pub games available
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
WiFi available (a charge may apply)
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony, Kim or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO historical directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)