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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.

Update: pubs which are known to have reopened are now also listed. Please let Tony know if you know of pubs not listed that have reopened.

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.

Woodbridge Royal Oak

Woodbridge Royal Oak

also traded as Sherlock's Wine Bar

closed 1936

opened 1791

17 Thoroughfare

grid reference TM 273 490

The Royal Oak closed in the 1930s. The building was later used as a wine bar owned by actor Douglas Wilmer, who was apparently known for having played Sherlock Holmes - hence the later name name.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Royal Oak's license was issued in 1853. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.

The pub was built in 1791 by John Sparrow. It was listed as a posting house in 1874.

In 1843 it was the property of Miss Susan Lankester, grandmother of Ray Lankester the eminent zoologist.

It was the property of Mr John Garnham in 1899, and was then famous for its livery stables.

It's shown on this OS town plan of 1881.

old OS map

Map

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

Closure date from Woodbridge licensing records.

(extract from a town pub booklet written by David Hague which also includes extracts from Booth's Almanac of 1899)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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