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grid reference TM 317 518
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listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Eyke is East Suffolk
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 07/05/2019
Eyke Elephant & Castle
The Street, IP12 2QG
The Elephant and Castle was originally a private house (built about 1650) which was converted into a pub in 1715.
The pub still retains two separate bar areas and is popular with locals. Both bars have a wood-burner fitted and have exposed beams. The pub has wooden floors, and local photographs adorn the walls. There are three beers on hand pump and proper pub food. The pub holds occasional quiz nights. There's no food lunchtimes except Sunday. There are themed food evenings and a meat raffle every Friday. Sky sport TV can be watched in the main bar.
The pub closed in September 2017 following the sad deaths of both of the couple running it within a couple of weeks. We hope the pub will be able to reopen soon and extend our sympathy to the family.
We understand the pub has been sold and the new owners hoped to have it open by the end of September 2018, however progress appears to have stalled.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
An elephant & castle has appeared in the crest of the Cutlers Company since 1622. Ivory was then used to create knife handles. Some claim that the name derives from "Infanta of Castile" a reference to Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.