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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now been allowed to reopen. 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 have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Wherstead Oyster Reach

Wherstead Oyster Reach

formerly Ostrich

This is a restaurant, so it's possible that drinks are only available here to diners. Please check before visiting.

Bourne Hill, IP2 8ND

grid reference TM 161 418

motel, opened 1612

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(01473) 692372

(01473) 692372

The small pub area is these days dwarfed by the steak-grill and motel. This helped to transform the business and today the remaining bar area is more popular with diners. In 2017 all "Oyster Reach" signage was removed and the whole operation apparently re-branded "Beefeater" (though according to its website, it's still the Oyster Reach), thought it still retains the bar with two hand-pumps.

For a long while this was a popular, small, late drinking venue just outside Ipswich town borough (when Ipswich pubs still closed at 10.30pm).

The Oyster Reach name only dates from 1995, as a reference to the historic oyster beds on that part of the Orwell.

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Facilities

Facilities

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

Oyster beds were once quite common along the river estuary and a popular local food - whilst the earlier name could be a reference to the coat of arms of Sir Edmund Coke (1552-1633) an eminent Elizabeathan lawyer and former speaker in the House of Commons and local land-owner.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

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