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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 terrible 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.

Bury St Edmunds Magpie

Bury St Edmunds Magpie

Closed 1840-1920.


grid reference TL 856 640

The Magpie was demolished during the summer of 1871. The site was later planted with shrubs and enclosed with railings (presumably to keep out the sheep used to graze the churchyard). The site is now a car park.

By the late 1860s it apparently had a reputation as a brothel and was closed soon after.





Historical interest

Historical interest





The name may refer to an ancient meaning for the word magpie, "a half pint".

(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)

(**** historic information from Stephen Arbon)