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.

Some delightful flint walled cottages border the village green in this Breckland village. A number of prehistoric finds have been made locally including Iron Age barrows containing cremations and inhumation burials. Nearby the Black Ditches are believed to be the most easterly of a series of early Anglo-Saxon defensive earthworks built across the Ickenield Way. Risby Poors heath and Cavenham heath are two of the last areas of totally unspoilt breckland heath.

Saxham & Risby Station (originally just "Saxham") opened in 1854 and closed in December 1964, though passenger traffic ceased in 1967.

Risby was recorded in Domesday variously as "Rasbi", "Risbi" and "Resebi". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Riſbye".

The White Horse was originally in Great Saxham parish until A14 re-alignments.


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The 1844 White's Directory also lists a beer seller called Hannah Smith.

The 1855 White's Directory also lists a beer seller called My. Smith .

The 1861 census also lists:

Edgar Fenton/27y/Baker & brewer/Woolpit

Edward Drake/24y/Butcher, dealer & beer seller/Hawstead - married to Susanna Drake/21y/Bury St Edmunds

The 1891-92 White's Directory also lists a beer house keeper called William Fenton (& grocer & baker & draper).