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.
Pub(s) known to have reopened after lockdown (or close to reopening)
Please tell us if you know of any pubs which have reopened after lockdown that we don't list here.
Aldringham is set amongst coastal sandlings (some of which survive as North Warren nature reserve) The parish's most striking building is a medieval church set in the valley of the river Hundred.
The village clusters around the crossroads between the main Aldeburgh-Leiston and Thorpeness-Knodishall roads, with the pub standing right on the junction.
Aldringham was recorded in Domesday as "Alrincham". It is also known as Aldringham cum Thorpe, but we have listed the coastal hamlet of Thorpeness separately. So far we have not been able to find a map showing the boundary between Aldringham and Thorpeness, so only the parish boundary appears on our map.
Sometimes the Kelsale Eight Bells may inadvertently be listed as part of this parish. Due to historically being in the same parish, the Thorpeness Crown may often be listed as being located in Aldringham.
The pub is reputedly the oldest building in the village. It's rumoured locally that an old smugglers' tunnel still runs from the pub to the church.
Hamo de Masey obtained a charter for a market and fair from Edward II in roughly 1296. Two fairs remained popular until Victorian times and were held on October 11th and December 11th.
William Thomas Smith was recorded as having been granted a new beerhouse (on-sales) license in 1878/1879. [This probably relates to the Crown, Thorpeness].
The 1891 Census also lists Louisa Forsdike (Beerhouse Keeper, Crown Street, Aldringham, Leiston, pub not named, Head/Widow/71y/born Kelsale) with Clare Forsdike (Scholar, Crown Stret, Aldringham, Leiston, pub not named, Granddaughter/Single/10y/born Leiston).…