In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
However, a number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the lockdown. 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.
Ipswich Black Boy
Ipswich Black Boy
also traded as Black Boy and Still?
The Black Boy is believed to have been somewhere in the Fore Street or Duke Street area, but was certainly in St Mary at the Tower parish, as it was one of only 24 inns listed in a 1689 town assessment, which had it in that parish.
One of several pubs in the town that used to host cock-fighting in eighteenth and early nineteenth century. This bloody spectacle could last several hours and was eventually banned in 1835. A one time it was particularly popular as a form of gambling and bouts were often held during festival days and during the Ipswich horse racing week.
spirits being sold at the Sign of the Black Boy and Still on the Common Key in Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, July 6th 1728***
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, September 16th 1729***, to the Black-Boy in St Clement's (parish), Ipswich.
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, February 21st 1730***, to Mr Upson at the new Tavern, near the Black Boy in St Clements Parish, Ipswich.
Died May 03, Mrs CLARKE, mother of Mrs FROST, of the Black Boy Inn, Ipswich, who suddenly dropped down and expired immediately.Ipswich Journal, May 5th 1802***
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)