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 ...
- Cherry Tree, Yaxley
A traditional and comfortable local pub in the centre of the village, with small dining area, 2 bar areas and a separate bar with a pool table. There are music nights and quizzes.
Reported late in September 2019 to be closed, we currently don't know what is happening here.
- 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.
- Falcon (previously Bowman's, Tonic, Bar Pl@tinum), Ipswich
Reopened late October 2018 after renovation, with its historical name restored. But closed suddenly in mid-September 2019.
There are two handpumps, though it seems rare more than one is in use; quite often no Real Ale appears to be available.
Live music every Friday.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- Marlborough, Felixstowe
The Flying-boat Bar is just a part of this large and extensive hotel complex that enjoys fine views over the promenade.
Hotel is currently closed, future unknown.
- 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...
- Maypole (previously May Pole), Wetherden
The pub has a large single bar & restaurant area, a pool table room, a snug bar with log fire, a patio beer garden and a car-park to the rear. Home cooked food & bar snacks are available during opening hours with a Roast Dinner on Sundays. It is advisable to book for Sunday Lunch. Regular Quizzes, s...
- 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...
- 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, 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, Long Melford
Four months after re-opening, the Swan has again closed.
A popular two roomed pub which offers good food. Large beer garden. Recently undergone a stylish & contemporary refurbishment. Passionate about fresh ingredients & source produce locally wherever possible. Also have a rear courtyard dining ...
- 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...