Important Covid information

If all goes according to plan, the first tranche of pubs (those that are able to serve drinkers outdoors) may be able to reopen on April 12th. Though of course, in a situation like this, nothing is guaranteed. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.


Please tell us if you know of any pubs here ready to reopen when outdoors service is permitted.

Kelsale is a large village just to the north of Saxmundham which also contains the hamlets of East Green, North Green, Cullar Green and part of Carlton Green. It's been dry since the Eight Bells closed in 1986.

The Guildhall in the village centre dates from 1495 and was used as the village school for about a century. Kelsale was recorded in Domesday variously as "Cheresala", "Kereshalla", "Chylesheala" and "Carahalla".

Harvey's Mill was a post mill which worked until 1900 and was mostly demolished in 1924 It stood about 300m north-north-east from the old Rising Sun.

Kelsale forms a twin parish with the adjacent Carlton, where the Poacher's Pocket can be drunk in. There's no clear delineation between the two settlements.


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The 1844 White's Directory lists a beer house run by William Bedwell.

The 1855 White's Directory lists a beer house run by Thomas Brady (Carlton Green).

The 1869 Kelly's Directory lists a beer house run by Mrs Betsey Brady.

The 1888 Kelly's Directory lists Mrs Martha Mills as a beer retailer.

The 1916 Kelly's Directory lists Andrew James (Beer retailer, pub not named).


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.