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Needham Market Limes

previously known as Bull, Boule House, Buggs bar

Real Ale

99 High St, IP6 8DQ

01449 720305

grid reference TM 087 551

opened 1955


(details under review)

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food times:

  • 12 noon to 2.30pm & 6pm to 9.30pm.
(Times last updated 26/06/2011)

listed building grade II*

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Local licensing authority for Needham Market is Mid Suffolk
last updated 06/09/2014

Recently reopened after refurbishment - with a new restaurant menu also available. Meal deals available on a daily basis.

Bugs Bar is a pub within the hotel.

Classic 15th cent. timber framed building which was being used as an inn by the early 16th cent. Family orientated with a lively bar. It was once a calling house for pilgrims on their way to Bury St Edmunds and was previouly called the Bull Inn and is believed to have once been named Boule House.

Original name may have derived from John Bull who owned pub in 1566 or from monastic seals i.e. a reference to a lead seal attached to a papal edict. Alternatively, bull baiting was also a popular local sport and may have once been practised nearby at about that time.

NB: Bull Inn closed in 1784. Current bar/restaurant reopened in 1955.

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional separate public bar Traditional separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dogs are welcome

children-welcome Children are welcome

Accommodation available Accommodation available

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 0.3 mile away Railway station about 0.3 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

Car park Car park

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

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

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)