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 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.
Stowmarket White Lion
Stowmarket White Lion
opened about 1620
grid reference TM 049 588
This building was very old (built late in the 14th century) when it became an inn. An earlier pub of the same name was located in the market place and traded from the mid 16th century to the early 17th century.
The building was partly demolished in the 1960s when three northern bays were removed, leaving just the single southern bay.
It appears at the location shown, on the 1885 OS map.
It was owned by John Miller - brewer and maltster of Walsham le Willows from 1839-76. Then from 1876 to 1882 Alexander Clutterbuck owned the pub. He then sold it to Edward Greene & Co (which later became Greene King).
It's shown on this OS town plan of 1885.
To be sold, the White Lyon at Stowmarket, with Malting-Office, and House adjoining. Also the Brewing Utensils to be sold, but distinct from the House. Enquire of W. Fairclough, Surgeon at Nayland.Ipswich Journal, March 16th 1765***
The annual shew of auriculars will be at the White Lion in Stowmarket on Fri 14 May inst… The favour of the company of gentlemen florists and oers gratefully acknowledged by your humble servant, John Dennant. Dinner at 2 o clock.Ipswich Journal, 8 May 1784
The Suffolk Chronicle, February 20th 1813**, reports the death of the only daughter (aged 2½) of landlord Mr D. BALLS. …
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)