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Pakenham Fox

historical era: 21st century

closed 2011 (December)

last owner Admiral Taverns

The Street, IP31 2JU

grid reference TL 927 672

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Local licensing authority for Pakenham is St Edmundsbury

CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.

last updated 30/05/2016

The bar contains many pictures. An old reading room is used as the restaurant. A two acre garden leads to a river.

Up to 5 real ales on at one time with Adnams being the main one.

The pub has been bought by a property developer who says he plans to build housing on part of the site and use the money raised to renovate and reopen it. Though it seems this may take rather a long time.

Mr Somers, who bought the pub as a vacant possession, said he would eventually reopen it and had no intention of ‘knocking it down’, but villagers are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of a pub, which has remained closed since November 2011.

Update December 2014: evidently the redevelopment has fallen through, as the pub has now come onto the market for sale at £375 000.

Update May 2016: when our photographer visited at the end of the month he observed that work appeared to be underway inside the pub. Coupled with an apparent new coat of paint on the building and new signage, this might indicate that reopening is on the cards soon?

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)