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.
Mendlesham Royal Oak
Mendlesham Royal Oak
also traded as Oak
closed 3rd January 1955
last owner/operator: Cobbold's
grid reference TM 105 658
The building dates from the 17th century or earlier. It used to be used as the local courthouse as well as being a pub.
It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
To be sold by auction by Thomas Dodson on Wed 25 inst. Between 4 and 6 o clock in afternoon… all that convenient and good accustomed public house known by the name or sign of the Royal Oak in Mendlesham. Now in occupation of Samuel Smith; the front of the house containing in length 75 feet, consists of a kitchen, 3 parlours, store room, brewing office, back house, coal house, four chambers, dining room (33 feet by 15 feet 6 inches), stables, a large yard and garden thereto belonging. Part of the premises new built within a few years. Ipswich Journal, 14 Sep 1782
The death was announced on the 13 February 1851 of Mr G F Durham aged 42 years, landlord of the Royal Oak, Mendlesham.Ipswich Journal, February 1860***
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(Closure date from Hartismere licensing records)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.