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.
Great Blakenham Bell
Great Blakenham Bell
255 Stowmarket Rd
grid reference TM 114 515
The building is mainly early 19th century, but with parts dating back to the late 16th or early 17th.
It's believed to have been called Bluebell Farm circa 1830 (it appears on the 1837 OS map as "Blue Bell")
The closure date is not certain, but definitely post-1997, as it was listed in at year's Camra Suffolk Real Ale Guide (though only selling keg).
The pub can be seen here on an old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal*** on August 3rd 1771 : to be sold, a Messuage and Publick-House, called the Bell at Great Blakenham
There will be a shew of Horses and colts at the sign of the Bell in Blakenham on Sat 14 inst… all gentlemen and dealers and others met with a hearty welcome from their humble servant Edmund Mills … Diner at 2 o clock. Ipswich Journal, 7 Sep 1782
Bell at Blakenham… humble servant Edm…
NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.