Important Covid information

Although the latest lockdown has now ended, Suffolk remains in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with "substantial" meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.

Many pubs which are unable to reopen yet (and some that have reopened) are selling food and drink to take away. These are listed on this page.

Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.

Beccles Sun

Beccles Sun

Closed 1840-1920

31 Newgate

grid reference TM 422 904 (approximate location)

The Sun evidently closed not too long before 1909, as the rating records for that year list the building as "Sun inn (late)". It's probably been demolished as what's now number 31 is a fairly modern building (unless the street numbering scheme has changed).

It opened in 1875, when it was built at the bottom of the Chequers' yard and that pub's license was transferred to it.



Historical interest

Historical interest





The chequerboard as a pub sign may have its origins from Roman taverns when a board game like draughts was often advertised and played. It may also be an ancient sign to indicate the landlord was a money-lender or could offer secure storage for a travellers valuables.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

Some information from records transcribed by Foxearth & District Local History Society.

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)