Great Cornard Five Bells
Great Cornard Five Bells
Due to the latest government regulations, pubs currently have to close by 10pm. Opening hours displayed on this page may not take account of this change.
The pub has now reopened. Normal hours, but closed Mondays.
Real Ale is sold here.
63 Bures Rd, CO10 0HU
grid reference TL 883 402
owner/operator: Hawthorn Leisure
A friendly community free house, situated near the church (home of the actual five bells) on the main Sudbury to Bures road. The main bar is decorated with philosophical signs and has a library and piano. A separate small bar houses a Tunisian restaurant. Pub games available including bar billiards. Open mic session every third Thursday and karaoke every second Friday. The home-made pies are legendary. A rare outlet for Greene King XX Mild. Large beer garden.
Formerly owned by Greene King, now independent from them and selling a range of ales.
The pub fields several teams with the usual games including chess and backgammon plus some rarer ones such as petanque and uckers. There is usually live music on a Friday. The landlord is also Cask marque accredited. It's dog & child friendly.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Traditional pub games available: Bar billiards
- WiFi available
Railway station about 1.1 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, 20 Feb 1779***, to the Five Bells in Cornard, near Sudbury
Died very suddenly on the 5th, aged 60, Mr John Polley, of the Five Bells Inn, Great Cornard.Ipswich Journal, December 1850**
An inquest was held at the Five Bells Cornard on the body of the landlord, Mr John Polley aged 58. William Hunt deceased's son in law said that deceased was a great drinker and had been poorly for some time. Hunt had been sent for by his wife(daughter of deceased) and he went to the bedroom where Mr Polley had just died…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)