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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.

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.

Needham Market Red Lion

Needham Market Red Lion

also traded as Lion

closed 1779

opened 1540

22-24 High St

grid reference TM 089 548

The Red Lion is first mentioned in 1540. In 1737 William Turner owned the inn whilst Simon Mayes took over the maltings. In 1758 the malt office and kiln at 20 High St was "belonging to, but separate from" the inn. Later in 1779, Hannah Turner sold the inn to John Marriott (grocer & draper) and sometime soon afterwards the inn closed, but the maltings and the brewery continued.

This tavern was only ever part of a large grouping of malting and residential buildings. In 1727 a William Carter pub inventory reveals the business comprised a kitchen, parlour, cellar, brew-house, 3 bed chambers, a stable and barn.

In 1860 the adjacent malt factory (20 High St) was rebuilt by George Stewart who sold it in 1867…





Historical interest

Historical interest

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

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)