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.
also traded as Blue Bell
Closed 1873 (another source says 1893)
1 Westgate St
grid reference TM 162 446
The Bell was demolished many years ago. This corner was long known as "Bell Corner" and was the scene of laying the first stone of a new pavement in the year 1793, under an act that had been obtained for "paving, lighting, cleansing, and otherwise improving the town of Ipswich****."
It's also listed at the Cornhill and the corner of the Cornhill & Westgate St.
Another pub of same name may have existed on Museum St.
W. Spencer, at the Blue Bell on the Corn-Hill, Ipswich...has hired convenient Stabling to the said House, and all Gentlemen who please to favour him with their Custom, may depend upon good Entertainment for Man and Horse, civil Usage, and a hearty Welcome. The London Papers are taken in three Times a Week, and the Gazette on Sundays.Ipswich Journal, October 9th 1756***
This is to inform the public that Charles Borlly has taken on the Bell on the Corn Hill in Ipswich and has hired stabling near it…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** from proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History, 1888)