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 ...

  • Duke's Head, Coddenham

    A cosy 15th century local with public bar and separate games room. Families and dogs were welcome. There was a large secluded garden up a flight of steps from the car park. No food.
    Built about 1600, but altered in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • 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 ...

  • Fighting Cocks, Lowestoft

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

  • Five Bells, Hessett

    The pub has been closed for some time and is understood to be undergoing renovation work with a view to reopening. There are, however, concerns locally that this may not come to fruition. When visited in March 2018, it appeared from the state of the site that all work has probably ground to a halt....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Old Blue Anchor Stores (previously Blue Anchor, Old Blue Anchor), Lowestoft

    A pub on a prominent corner of the High Street. Under new management after renovation as of February 2018, however they moved on in 2019 and we understand the pub is currently closed again.
    The current building apparently dates from 1888, but is on the site of an older inn.

  • 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...

  • Swan, Alderton

    A cosy "L" shaped single bar and dining space. The restaurant specialises in a fusion of English and Spanish food.
    It was announced late in November 2019 that this pub will be closed as of xmas eve. There are hopes of a community buy-out, possibly tied in with the Shottisham Sorrel Horse.
    The ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Wild Man, Sproughton

    The pub has been known for food for many years and a large restaurant area dominates the interior. The name derives from a local legend about a hermit who lived in nearby woods when the pub was built early in the 16th century.
    The pub closed suddenly on January 15th 2020. At present its future is...