Beccles Bear & Bells
Beccles Bear & Bells
Real Ale is sold here.
11 Old Market, NR34 9AP
grid reference TM 421 906
The pub is adjacent to bus station, close to town centre and near to the river Waveney, so it is handy for visitors to the Broads. Reopened under new management April 15th 2022. There is a central bar area and a side room and a separate dining area, which doubles as a function room. A paved garden is at the rear and tables are set out in front of the pub in warmer months.
This 17th century pub stands on a site which has supported licensed premises since 1620.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area: rear terrace
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome: on leads
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Function room available to hire: a function room is available for hire
- Live music: monthly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Restaurant or separate dining area: bookings required for larger groups of diners
- Separate bar
- Smoking area: in garden and on patio in front of pub
- WiFi available
Railway station about 0.3 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Victorian pub located on a site which has supported licensed premises since at least the C16th. Enjoys a good reputation for its food. Note the large collection of Toby Jugs.
Beer: Adnams Bitter; Draught Bass; Greene King Abbot; guest beers.CAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide
The Beccles Brewery was sold with a house, gardens, building plots, a hotel [Kings Head] and 32 public houses previously owned by Frederick William Farr, at the Kings Head in Beccles on 28 Apr 1852. See Suffolk Archives Ref: 559/1 - This sale included the Bear and Bells, Old Market Place, Beccles [landlord John Lay]
Called the Bear in 1865.
The odd name may indicate that there were originally two pubs on this site, one called the Bear, the other the Bell or Bells.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)