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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now been allowed to reopen. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Bury St Edmunds West Gate

Bury St Edmunds West Gate

formerly Black Boy

Real Ale is sold here.

69 Guildhall St, IP33 1QD

grid reference TL 852 639

opened 1683

owner/operator: Greene King

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(01284) 752723

(01284) 752723

Single bar serving a large multi-area room. A small theatre upstairs was used to host occasional live performances until a few years ago.

Renamed to the West Gate by Greene King in 2021.

The building dates from the 17th century.

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

Although such signs of a black boy usually today portray a quaint picture of a sweep in Dickensian costume - in the 17th cent. the fashion for negro servants e.g. pageboys was also quite common for the wealthy.

(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)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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