Bury St Edmunds Dove
Bury St Edmunds Dove
Real Ale is sold here.
68 Hospital Rd, IP33 3JU
grid reference TL 848 637
traditional drinking house, opened 1837
owner/operator: Horace Stallan Ltd
Temporarily closed due to COVID.
This early Victorian backstreet community free house is located just five minutes from the town centre. The Dove has six hand pumps plus jugged ales brought up direct from the cellar. Also a good selection of real ciders. Truly traditional and basic, just how pubs used to be - no lager, TV's, pool or gaming machines. The staff here are very knowledgeable about their ever-changing range of local ales, hence a winner of CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year, twice.
Don't be put off by the Greene King signage, this is a freehouse with an excellent range of well-kept ales.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area: Patio at front
- Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cider (real draught, not keg) available
- Dogs welcome
- Live music: Folk and guitar clubs
- Parking: Car park at rear
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Smoking area
- Traditional pub games available
Railway station about 1.1 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
Opened at the same time as the Thingoe Union workhouse.
Also listed at 26 Union Terrace (1865) 28 Hospital Road (1865) and 36 Hospital Road (1948 and earlier)
A sad story was unfolded in a small room at the back of The Dove Inn, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday evening, when Borough Coroner (Mr. Geo. Carter) held an inquest concerning the death of Alfred Russell, 52, the licensee of the inn. The deceased man was found about 7 p.m. on the previous day (Fri 30 Oct) hanging from a piece of rope attached to a cloths peg on his bedroom door...Summing up, the Coroner remarked that it was a very sad case indeed. "There is no doubt whatever" he went on, "that the deceased man was labouring under great trouble of mind on account of his wife being an inmate of the asylum…
(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 Roger Waters)