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.
Ipswich Grand Hotel
Ipswich Grand Hotel
also traded as Bee Hive, Limmers
grid reference TM 163 445
The Grand Hotel is sometimes listed at "Old Buttermarket".
The Bee Hive Tap is listed next door until at least 1871.
The Bee Hive closed in 1893 and was demolished. A new pub of same name opened at Majors Corner in about 1900.
The Grand hotel had a resident orchestra and seems to have run from about 1900 onwards until eventually being converted into shops. Curiously, the 1909 Ipswich Rates book has it marked "late", implying that it closed some time in the subsequent couple of years.
During the 1920s and 30s, especially when being run by Bill Read, this was a popular venue for many off-duty airmen from nearby RAF Martlesham,. The Salutation was another popular venue during that time for these pioneering airman, who were engaged in a wide variety of aircraft and armaments testing.…
All persons having any claims or demands upon the estate of James Crisp, late of the Unicorn Inn, Ipswich, deceased, are requested to send an account of their respective claims to Mr Thomas Crisp, of the Bee Hive Inn, Ipswich, his Executor, to whom all persons standing indebted to the deceased, are required to pay the amount of their several debts, within one month.Ipswich Journal, June 1830**
A notice in the Ipswich Journal of December 1835 states: T Crisp, Wine and Spirit Merchant of the Bee Hive Inn, Ipswich, solicits the inspection of the public to his stock of spirits, but particularly to an article denominated Crisp's Champagne brandy. It is manufactured solely for TC in accordance with the system of an eminent Brandy distiller in France…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** information from Stuart Ansell)