As pubs across the county are starting to reopen, we're trying to collate a comprehensive list of those that have reopened or are close to it. Our list can be found on this page.
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.
Hessett Five Bells
Hessett Five Bells
Currently closed - may reopen?
last owner/operator: Greene King
The St, IP30 9AX
grid reference TL 936 618
Close to the A14 (Beyton junction) but off the beaten track, in the centre of this pretty village & opposite the Norman church, the heavily timbered Bells is a cosy pub. Two bars either side of the entrance lobby have log fires in large fireplaces. The massive Tudor brick post holding the sign above the entrance is said to be all that remains of the entry to a long demolished stately home. A record of landlords back to 1753 is framed in the bar. The pub was saved from imminent closure by Greene King after a change of mind at the last minute in mid-January. We hope this change of mind is permanent. When visited in early October 2012, the pub seemed to be undergoing renovation work & was apparently closed…
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal*** on October 24th 1767 to the Six Bells in Hessett (should read Five Bells?)
Walter Manning was accused of stealing straw, stover (corn stalks) and chaff (corn husks) for the stable he used at the Five Bells. Found guilty he was sentenced to 10 days hard labour.Ipswich Journal, January 25th 1896** (when Henry Hubbard was the landlord)
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.