Beccles Bear & Bells

Beccles Bear & Bells

also traded as Bear

Currently closed - may reopen?

last owner/operator: Ei Group

11 Old Market, NR34 9AP

grid reference TM 421 905

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. There is a central bar, a side room with pool table 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 summer months.

This 17th century pub stands on a site which has supported licensed premises since 1620.

The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)

old OS map





Historical interest

Historical interest





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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.