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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...

  • Bull, Troston

    Reopened in July 2017 after six years closed. The Bull is now owned by the same people as Oakes Barn in Bury.
    In August 2018, the owners tweeted "Good morning to all our customers. I'm sorry to inform you that as of 2pm yesterday the Troston Bull has closed for business until further notice. I'd ...

  • Chestnut Horse, Great Finborough

    We received news late in June 2019 that this pub had closed. We hope not for too long and will keep an eye on developments.
    A good village local. There's a separate restaurant alongside a comfortable bar.
    The annual race of the bogmen is held locally on Easter Mondays.
    Now a freehouse, wit...

  • 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 building dates from the late 16th or early 17th century, with later extensions & re-fronting. Re-opened March 2018 having been bought by the Community.
    Every Monday is curry night.

  • Fighting Cocks, Lowestoft

    A large pub, probably dating from the early 20th century.
    Reported to be closed and for sale in March 2019.

  • 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.
    In September 2018 it was announced tha...

  • Glad Abbot, Bury St Edmunds

    A modern two bar pub with regular quiz nights.
    Reported in May 2018 to be closed; no details are as yet available.

  • 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 ...

  • Grand Old Duke of York (previously Duke of York), Ipswich

    This is a single L shaped bar with pool table and various seating areas including a small outside patio to side. This pub has a good selection of bottled beers. Regular live music session at weekends.
    It was announced on May 17th that the pub had closed with immediate effect. We don't know yet wh...

  • 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...

  • Grinning Rat (previously Olive Leaf), Ipswich

    A 17th century timber-framed building, altered in the 19th. There is regular live music.
    The pub's license was revoked in May 2019 due to "underage visitors, late night drinking sessions, drug-dealing, fighting and dealing in stolen goods".

  • Hut (previously Corton Inn), Corton

    The pub is close to the sea and has a distinctive frontage with balcony, veranda & Lacon brewery eagle located on wall. Open-plan with central fireplace, but distinct drinking areas. Renamed as Corton Hut (after some years as the Corton Inn) with addition of a restaurant serving Indian food.
    It w...

  • 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...

  • Oyster Inn, Butley

    A traditional rural pub with lots of character.
    According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, the Oyster was first recorded in 1732, though part of the interior dates back to the 16th century. The new owners in 2016 have found documents showing that a license payment was made to James I back i...

  • Plough (previously Plough & Horses), Sutton

    This pub has a new bar, restaurant, kitchen & pool room. Locally sourced home cooked food is served daily, with lunchtime specials and a retro menu plus Sunday roasts. There's regular live entertainment and quiz nights. The pub has a beer garden with a bouncy castle. There's Sky TV (for rugby and fo...

  • Ram, Hadleigh

    Reopened in May 2013 as gastro pub. The proprietor is chef Oliver Macmillan who also owns The Swan in Long Melford. The pub is still tied to Greene King, so serves the usual selection of beers from Westgate Street. Food is served lunchtime and evening Monday to Saturday as well as Sunday lunchtime -...

  • Ship (previously Old Ship), Levington

    An ancient smugglers' inn overlooking the River Orwell, that has been extended to the rear to provide additional seating for diners. The patio area to the front has fine views. Refurbished and re-roofed after a fire in 2003, the pub now offers high class cuisine together with gravity dispensed beers...

  • Swan (previously White Swan), Ipswich

    The Swan closed suddenly and without explanation at the end of August 2018, though apparently rumours of an impending closure had been circulating. We await updates on what's happening.
    A town-centre pub with regular loud music, which is particularly popular with younger drinkers.
    The date on ...

  • Swan, Little Waldingfield

    A one bar pub with a separate restaurant.
    The building mainly dates from the 18th century, though parts date back to the 16th century.
    The pub has been closed for some time and when visited in May 2018 was looking abandoned and un-loved. A sign in the window says:

    The Swan - Little Wal...

  • 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 Hart, Boxford

    Notice in window says closed until further notice - Sep 2018
    Three real ales which regularly change and include Greene King IPA and London Pride. Guests ales frequently include choices such as Woodforde's Wherry and Adnams and a selection from other local breweries.
    The kitchen was refurbishe...

  • 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 2018 to be closed and boarded up. Local rumours su...