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Reopened pubs

As pubs across the county are starting to reopen, we're trying to collate a comprehensive list of those that have reopened or are close to it. Our list can be found on this page.


Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.

If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

Introduction

Please tell us if you know of any pubs here which have reopened after lockdown.

A compact settlement centred around the church and pond with a water pump. A former airfield and Metfield Green are just to the south. Wink's Meadow is a Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve holding a number of rare plants associated with old undisturbed grassland.

The last remaining pub has been closed since August 2009, when it shut with much acrimony reported in the local media. A planning request to redevelop the site was turned down (see the Diss Express). It has since been converted into tea rooms.

Only fragments of Ball's Mill remain. It was destroyed about 1914 after an explosion at a nearby airfield. Goldbold's Mill was a five storey tower mill thought to date from 1839. It was demolished in 1916.

RAF Metfield was operational from Aug 1943 when P47 (Thunderbolt) planes of the USAF 353rd Fighter Group flew from here until April 1944 when they moved to Raydon. After May 1944, B24 planes operated by 491st Bomb Group were here until they moved to North Pickenham in August…

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History

The 1844 White's Directory also lists two beer houses run by Charles Poppy Duke William? and William Squire Red House?

The 1855 White's Directory also lists two beer houses run by Charles Poppy Duke William? and William Squire Red House?

in 1861 census two unnamed beer houses are listed:

In the Street - William Squire/67y/Harnass maker/South Elmham St Cross Red House?

In the Thoroughfare - Charles Poppy/50y/Beerhouse keeper/Metfield Duke William?

The 1865 Kelly's Directory also lists Charles Poppy Duke William? and William Squire (shopkeeper & harness maker) Red House? as beer retailers.

The 1874 Wh…

Acknowledgements

Some details from "Suffolk Airfields in WW2" by Graham Smith.

Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monument

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