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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.
listed building grade II*
Local licensing authority for Needham Market is Mid Suffolk
last updated 03/04/2014
(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)