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.
closed 31st December 1909
last owner/operator: Colchester Brewing Company
grid reference TM 147 738 (approximate location)
The Grapes was forced to close in 1909 as part of a scheme to get rid of "excess" alcohol licenses. The building was subsequently destroyed by fire and there's a garden where it used to be.
To be sold by auction, by direction of the proprietor, a free public house, called the Grapes Inn, situated in Church Street, Eye, with a most compact brewery, large yard, and every requisite outbuilding, together with a Grocer's shop, dwelling house and premises.Ipswich Journal, June 1850**
Auction of the Grapes Inn, Eye, Public House with compact Brewery, Yard, Grocer's Shop, in the occupations of Mr George MUDD & Mr Henry BIRD.Ipswich Journal, August 6th 1853***
In 1865 the landlord, Henry Bird, is also listed as a ginger beer & soda water manufacturer.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Closure date from Eye town licensing records.