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South Cove Five Bells

Real Ale

Southwold Rd, NR34 7JF

01502 675249

grid reference TM 499 818

opened pre-1874

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opening hours:

  • 1200-2300

food times:

  • Mon-Thu: 1200-1400, 1800-2030
  • Fri-Sat: 1200-1400, 1800-2100
  • Sun: 1200-1430, 1800-2030
(Times last updated 23/05/2016)

regular real ales

Adnams Broadside, Southwold, Ghost Ship

guest beers

3 changing guests

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Local licensing authority for South Cove is Waveney district

CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 24/12/2016

At one time, so it is said, the bells of five churches could be heard from this location. Hence the pub's name.

The characterful interior has a thatched bar canopy. There is on-site camping during the summer months.

Dogs are permitted inside the pub only outside of food service times and only on a lead in the garden because there are free-roaming chickens.

The pub is on the parish boundary and is sometimes said to be located in Wrentham, however since we now have definitive boundary data from the Ordnance Survey, we can see that it's just inside South Cove.

The licensing magistrates were evidently a bit confused about the pub in 1879 - they licensed it as the Eight Bells!

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Camping or carvan site within about a mile Camping or carvan site within about a mile

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Accommodation available Accommodation available

parking parking

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)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)