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.
Ipswich Black Horse
Ipswich Black Horse
Currently closed - may reopen?
opened approx. 1689
last owner/operator: Ei Group
29 Black Horse Ln, IP1 2EF
grid reference TM 160 445
The pub offers gaming areas and various seating areas including an outside patio. There's often live music at weekends.
It was announced in April 2020 that the management had decided to give up on hoping to run the pub through the Covid-19 crisis.
Although the building has been a pub "only" since about 1689, it was standing for some time before that; historians believe that Thomas Wolsey was possibly born here in approximately 1473.
It is believed to be the oldest pub of this name in East Anglia.
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Ref to Mr Simon Sparrow, deceased, late of the Black Horse, St Mary Elms Parish, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, May 12th 1759***
To be sold, the Black Horse, in St Mary Elms, Ipswich, and also a Piece of exceeding good Garden-Ground, with plenty of good Fruit-Trees and good Wail-Trees.Ipswich Journal, December 19th 1772***
Wednesday died in St Peter's, in Ipswich, Mrs Dale, wife of Mr Dale, carpenter, formerly of the Black Horse, in St Mary Elms, in Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, April 1820***
The Acton, Halliday and Studd brewery, Ipswich will be auctioned on 20th June 1828 together with the Ipswich Black Horse public house.Ipswich Journal, November 21st 1827****
The pub may also be listed at Gaol Lane in 1830 and at 23 Black Horse Lane (in 1891 & 1916).
These premises were listed in the 1844 White's Suff…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(**** information supplied by Neil Langridge)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.