In the light of the latest government instructions, all pubs are now closed until at least December 2nd.
A number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
After the end of Lockdown, Suffolk will remain in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.
Woodbridge Royal Oak
Woodbridge Royal Oak
also traded as Sherlock's Wine Bar
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.
A common stage-Cart goes from the Halbert in Ipswich to the Royal Oak in Woodbridge at Eight o'clock in the Morning and returns...at Four o'clock the same Afternoon, by which Goods and Passengers shall be conveyed on the most reasonable Terms, by William Lomacks.Ipswich Journal, November 23rd 1765***
To be sold by auction, on the 8th June 1820, at the Crown Inn, Woodbridge, Lot 2., situate nearly central in the open and most frequented part of the Thoroughfare, in Woodbridge, together with a very large and excellent brick built stables, chaise houses and necessary buildings…
(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)