Currently closed - may reopen?
High St, IP17 3EP
grid reference TM 393 690
opened 13th century
owner/operator: Punch Taverns
A large public bar which has a pool table and a separate, heavily beamed restaurant (no food Monday or Tuesday evenings). Accommodation is available.
The pub seem so have been closed since at least the summer of 2020.
The pub is an early 16th century coaching inn with parts dating back to a century or so earlier.
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Evening meals
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
Railway station about 1.1 miles away (see transport links for details)
Known as "Le Gryffyn" in the 16th & 17th centuries.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 25 Apr 1747 states :
To be lett, the Griffin, in Yoxford, now in the Occupation of William Calvert, being an ancient, commodious and well accustom'd Inn, with convenient Brewing-Office, Cellars and Stables in very good Repair…
A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.
(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 newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.