formerly Black Bull, Pyed Bull
A historic town centre hotel which includes an elegant bar and restaurant.
The building dates from the early 19th century.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
Railway station about 0.3 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The hotel is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, October 1st and 8th 1726*** to Mr William Cooper at the Bull in Woodbridge.
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, March 9th and 16th 1728*** to Mr William Cooper at the Bull in Woodbridge.
It is mentioned in the records of 1734 as an ancient Inn, formerly known as The Pyed Bull and The Black Bull.
The Bull Tavern in Woodbridge is to be Sold, being a large House fronting the Market Place with Stables and Yard. Enquire of Mr William Cooper at the said Tavern (Cooper is still here in July)Ipswich Journal, June 1st 1734***
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, August 25th 1739*** to Joseph Walford at the Bull Inn, Woodbridge…
Name may be a sympathetic reference to a Papal bull - a lead seal attached to official religious edicts or documents - or a reference to Henry VIII who introduced a bulls head into his coat-of-arms after he defied a papal bull in 1538. Bull baiting was also quite widespread until it was banned in 1835.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(extracts from a town pub booklet written by David Hague which also includes extracts from Booth's Almanac of 1899)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)