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.
Aldeburgh Cross Keys
Aldeburgh Cross Keys
Real Ale is sold here.
Crabbe St, IP15 5BP
grid reference TM 465 566
The Cross Keys has joined the Adnams Managed Properties Group and reopened on Friday 1st March 2019 after a full refurbishment. It now includes three boutique guest bedrooms for bed and breakfast stays
This 15th Century pub is set back from sea front and is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Steps down from road lead into a small seating area which leads to the main bar and a variety of other seating areas. Seafood is a speciality. The pub has close ties with nearby lifeboat.
There is some dispute about the building's age: A Survey of Suffolk Parish History says it was built in 1769, other authorities date it to the 15th century (maybe an earlier inn on this site?)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown (but not named) on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map).
Listed in 1865 - 1912 as being in "Back St."
The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Cross Keys' license was issued in 1800. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.
The sign of the cross keys is usually a reference to St Peter - an early christian follower and told by Jesus that "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven".
(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 & book information from Bob Mitchell)