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Southwold Harbour Inn

previously known as Harbour of Refuge, Ship, Fishing Buss

Real Ale

Blackshore Quay, IP18 6TA

01502 722381

grid reference TM 496 755

bar / diner

(details under review)

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pub is on the regional inventory

listed building grade II

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Local licensing authority for Southwold is Waveney district

CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 30/03/2016

This riverside pub is about a mile south of the town centre. A mark on the wall shows the level reached by flood waters in 1953. The split level interior is often dominated by diners during busy periods and a separate restaurant extension has helped to make the venue even more popular during weekends. Nearby a foot ferry and foot bridge help to provide access to Walberswick. A large caravan and camp site located nearby is popular during the summer months.

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Traditional separate public bar Traditional separate public bar

Pub sells beer from local brewers Pub sells beer from local brewers

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real coal or log fire Real coal or log fire

children-welcome Children are welcome

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (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)

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** Reference to pub seen in Southwold Diary of James Maggs (1818-1876) published by Suffolk Records Society in 2007)


A buss was a type of sea-going fishing vessel, typically used by Dutch herring fishermen in the 15th to early 19th centuries.

A Half-and-Halfer, was a type of fishing boat where the proceeds were shared between owner & crew.