In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
However, a number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the lockdown. 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 of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Battisford Punch Bowl
Battisford Punch Bowl
Real Ale is sold here.
Straight Rd, Battisford Tye, IP14 2LQ
grid reference TM 024 542
opened 16th century?
owner/operator: Punch Taverns/local community
A timber framed pub with quarry-tiled floors throughout. There's a small "L" shaped public bar and a separate restaurant.
The bar features a wood-burner and a real fire.
There are regular themed food nights andegular music nights including Jazz on the first Sunday of every month and unplugged acoustic sessions every third Tuesday of the month.
Quiz nights are held on the second Tuesday of the month.
There's a beer festival in August.
There are plans plans to add a shop and other facilities.
The pub is at the far-western edge of the village, almost in Little Finborough. It was historically listed as being in Upper town, i.e. Combs. and is technically in that parish, as the boundary between Combs & Battisford runs through the car park in front of the pub…
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Traditional pub games available: darts
- WiFi available
Railway station about 4.1 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
It's listed in 1891 as being in Combs (Hadleigh Rd).
In the 1861 census the pub is listed at Little Finborough, situated between Cockrells Farm and Moat Farm, "The Punch Bowl" was occupied by Sarah Makens aged 55 and unmarried her occupation was listed as an "Innkeeper at The Punch Bowl". Sarah was born in Combs. (information supplied by Malcolm Fairley)
The 1840 Pigot's Directory lists the Punch Bowl in Combs under its Stowmarket heading.
After long and protracted negotiations by a group of determined village folks, a lease was signed for the pub to re-open as the Battisford Punch Bowl Community Inn. Said to be Suffolk's first Community Inn, much refurbishment work was done, with the pub finally re-opening late June 2011…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)