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.
Beccles Railway Hotel
Beccles Railway Hotel
also traded as Railway inn?
Closed between 1974 and 1982?
opened After 1882, by 1884
55 Station Rd
grid reference TM 425 904
The old Railway Hotel now houses a nursery, after some time as a restaurant.
The pub appears on the 1969 OS map but seems to have vanished by the 1982 (and subsequent) sheets. Licensee records exist at least as late as 1974, so the pub presumably closed in between 1974 and 1982.
On the 1st of June 1859 the East Suffolk Railway Line was opened from Ipswich to Lowestoft. Presumably this pub opened at about the same time. Another similarly named pub, the Railway Tavern also stood nearby.
It was recorded in Wellington Street in 1865 (maybe an older name for Station Road?)
The pub is shown (though not named) on this OS town plan of 1884.
The licensed Victuallers Tea Association advertised the sale of tea via its Suffolk Agents. This was a response to the irregular sale of Wine by Grocers and included a reference to L.NEWSTEAD & W. CHURCH of the Railway Tavern, Beccles.Ipswich Journal, 26 October 26th 1869**
In the East Suffolk Gazette on August 29th 1911 the Railway Hotel was reported for sale.
The G.E R. employees in the Way and Works Department have their Annual Dinner at the Railway Hotel, Mr. Youell presiding.The Almanack, February 8th 1912
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Some information from records transcribed by Foxearth & District Local History Society.