Suffolk pubs at risk register
This is a register of pubs that are currently not trading and may, or may not, reopen. It also includes pubs still trading which we believe to be at risk for other reasons.
In some cases they have been in limbo for several years.
We would very much like to know what is happening to them, as we have no definitive information about their future.
If you know for certain that any of them has reopened (or is likely to soon) or has definitely closed for good, please contact Nigel Smith.
- Angel (previously Talbot), Debenham
A lively and popular pub with two separate drinking areas served by a single bar. There are tiled or wooden floors, with a large real fire in the main room. There's live music monthly and terrestrial sport TV in the bar area. Occasional quiz nights are held.
The regular food menu is supplemented...
- Bank Stores, Lowestoft
A long-standing pub close to the Bascule Bridge.
It was reported in 2015 by north-east Suffolk CAMRA as closed and up for auction. In November of that year, the local council turned down a licensing application to turn it into a strip club.
- Bayfield's (previously Bayfield's Anchor), Lowestoft
This is a 19th century hotel with a public bar.
The building was damaged in a fire late in November 2014. It has since been renovated and reopened. It was reported in September 2016 to again be closed, with the lease on the market.
- Bowman's (previously Falcon, Tonic, Bar Pl@tinum), Ipswich
Renamed Bowman's late-November 2010, with new beer engines dispensing Adnam's since added.
Closed, with all furniture removed, early November 2017.
- Brewery Tap, Ipswich
Currently closed, future uncertain.
Former brewery offices converted into a bar in 1992 by the adjacent and historic Tolly Cobbold brewery. The pub is now independently-run and has an excellent reputation for its food and ales. There are generally a couple of Real Ales from Cliff Quay/Earl Soham ...
- Church's Bar & Bistro (previously Church's Café Bar), Ipswich
A former hairdresser's converted into a cosy café bar and set in a small lane close to the splendid 14th century St Mary le Tower church. It's nicely decorated, with exposed beams.
On the evidence of the ancient-looking and very hefty sign-hanger on the corner, this must have been a pub in the di...
- Cock, Little Thurlow
A former coaching inn with open fireplaces & patio at rear. After as period of uncertainty the pub has now been purchased, completely refurbished and is now open again (July 2016). Alex and Rebecca Bourne are the new owners. The food menu is being ramped up and they have a chef and front of house hu...
- Cross Keys, Redgrave
The Cross Keys has a public bar with games, and a separate lounge restaurant area.
The building dates from the late 16th or early 17th century, with later extensions & re-fronting.
After just over a year of fundraising, the community has succeeded in buying the pub. It's undegroing renovation...
- Eagle Tavern, Lowestoft
A basic, back street pub.
The pub's license was revoked in October 2014, due to persistent anti-social behaviour.
It seems likely the pub will never reopen, but it's to be hoped that whatever happens to the building, the marvellous old Lacon's tiled sign and statuary will be preserved (see gal...
- Edge (previously Claremont Bars), Lowestoft
A large, spacious bar located on the pier, with good sea views.
There is a toilet for disabled customers.
Reported by north-east Suffolk CAMRA to be closed (early-2017).
- Elephant & Castle, Eyke
The Elephant and Castle was originally a private house (built about 1650) which was converted into a pub in 1715.
The pub still retains two separate bar areas and is popular with locals. Both bars have a wood-burner fitted and have exposed beams. The pub has wooden floors, and local photographs ...
- Flying Fortress, Rougham
A substantial open-plan and modern styled free house set well back from the road, with tiled floors and decorated with photos and artefacts mainly related to the former World War Two airbase (Rougham) that was located nearby. The original building was much extended late in the 20th century. Although...
- Fox (previously Fox & Goose), Barking
No longer serving real ale or running as a pub, the Fox is now a Chinese restaurant. Closed since Jan 2017.
The building dates from the 18th century, though it was altered in the early 19th century and also about 1970.
- George, Wickham Market
A Community Benefit Society was set up in December 2016 to acquire, restore and reopen The George. They have now completed a feasibilty study and there has been a go decision. For further details, including more historical background, see www.wmgeorge.co.uk
Sadly, the George was almost completely...
- Golden Lion (previously White Lion), Ipswich
A Grade 2 listed hotel building and former posting house, located in one corner of the historic Cornhill. Once it stood beside the moot hall, today it is dwarfed by the Victorian Town Hall.
Originally the whole hotel complex formed the Golden Lion as the large roof sign suggests. The lion statue ...
- Green Man, Tunstall
A spacious Victorian brick building with a pleasant garden and pond.
The large main bar has a spacious seating area and various games available including darts and pool, whilst food is offered in the separate lounge/dining room next door.
We have been informed that the pub closed early in Nove...
- Greyhound, Flempton
This traditional pub is situated on attractive village green. Easy to miss from A1101 as it is neatly tucked away behind the church (but does have signs on main road).
In the mid-2010s it became "ex Greene King" so a more adventurous beer range is likely to develop. The village is quiet so most t...
- Lion (previously Red Lion), Leavenheath
A well furnished lounge bar and restaurant at Honey Tye.
The pub has a toilet for disabled customers.
The pub closed on January 2nd 2018. An application for conversion to residential use has been lodged.
- Marquis Cornwallis (previously Marquis of Cornwallis), Chedburgh
Set back a short distance from the A143, the pub has a large collection of pictures of RAF Chedburgh.
The pub was reported by West Suffolk CAMRA in December 2016 to be closed with a change of use request lodged. A public meeting was held on Monday January 18th and was attended by around 70 people...
- Mulberry Tree (previously Milestone Beer House, Beer House, Mulberrys), Ipswich
Currently closed and on the market.
A popular, large pub, with a single main servery and several interconnected drinking areas.
This pub has a wide selection of Real Ales (8 on hand pump) and a minimum of 8 ciders (up to 12 from spring till October) on draught.
Very good quality home made...
- Olde Bull (previously Bull Inn), Sudbury
The Olde Bull is a mid 16th-17th century building with 18th century additions at the west-end.
The Bull was apparently de-licensed in the 1950s; we don't know when it reopened.
It's currently closed, according to West Suffolk CAMRA.
- Prince Albert (previously Touch of Class), Lowestoft
A modern back street pub now used as a restaurant & bar. New signage and website appeared in 2012, but the website has not been updated since.
It was reported in August 2016 to be closed and on the market.
- Queen's Head, Bury St Edmunds
A former coaching inn refurbished in a Victorian style. Popular with drinkers, especially at weekend, when food is available all day.
It was built mid 19th century on an older core.
Found closed and for sale when visited in July 2016; it was still in this state in May 2017.
- Shepherd & Dog, Earl Stonham
Pub closed. Notice in door says the building was repossessed and the locks changed on the 4th of December.
Set alongside wheat fields in the hamlet of Forward Green. The pub has been part of the community for many years and has always been somewhere special for both locals and passers-by alike. I...
- Sin, Ipswich
A modern, youth-oriented bar & nightclub in the building which was once the Bluecoat Boy.
It's currently (August 2016) closed.
- Six Bells, Horringer
Close to the popular Ickworth House, the Six Bells is under new management in 2017. It's now ex-Greene King and very much the village pub again.
Reported to have closed round about the beginning of 2018; its future is unknown.
- Swan, Brome
A heavily timbered 17th century pub with later additions. On the main A140 equidistant Norwich and Ipswich. there is a large beer garden with children's play area. It has a large restaurant with a good menu; speciality curry night on Saturday. There's a single traditional bar with pictures to show h...
- Swan, Worlingworth
This characterful thatched pub has two main drinking rooms and various outside seating areas. Unusually the pub does not face the road junction but instead overlooks a small access road and a large garden.
Parts of the pub date from the mid-16th century, possibly earlier.
The Swan (along with ...
- Tramway Hotel, Pakefield
A prominent pub and hotel taking its name from a tram terminal that once stood opposite.
Saved from conversion to yet another Tesco store in 2016, the pub is now run by a new leaseholder who has moved the bar, added an extra changing Real Ale and created a larger restaurant space.
- White Hart (previously White Star ??), Hadleigh
A Grade 2* listed pub on the outskirts of the town where beamed ceilings and low level partitions give much character. An outbuilding is available for functions.
The building dates from the 15th or 16th century.
Also listed at Hadleigh Bridge.
We were informed in November 2016 that the pub ...
- White Lion, Newmarket
The nearest pub to the racecourse, with two homely bars and a separate dining room. Accommodation is also available (8 rooms).
The pub was found closed and boarded-up when visited in June 2017. The precise date of closure is unknown, but must have been after August 2015 when our photographer last...
- White Swan (previously Sygnets, Swanson's, Swan), Bungay
Tucked in a corner adjacent to Bigod's castle, the White Swan is a building dating from the 17th century.
It's a small local in the centre of town, which shows lots of sport and hosts karaoke and themed party events.
Reported in early January to be closed and boarded up. Local rumours suggest...