Closed: about 2021
Closed 2004, changed to housing, 0141/04/OL | Outline application for the erection of a dwelling & garage with new vehicular access. Approved Nov 2004. Change completed 2005.
Church Ln, IP13 7JJ
grid reference TM 222 665
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Situated about 100m along Church Lane in this small village it is a typical 2 bar rural pub with Suffolk Pink walls & a thatched roof. It has been under the management of the Grice family since the mid 1980’s. There is evidence within the pub that the building dates from 1500 or perhaps earlier. There are settles in the main bar together with an original bar billiards table. Also evidence that old bar games such as Devil among the Tailors & Suffolk Caves have been played at the pub
The pub only had a beerhouse license until the 1950s or 1960s.
It was reported in local media early in 2022 that this pub had been closed for about 12 months. This was confirmed by a visit in July.
Off the beaten track pub, worth seeking out. Attractions include bar billiards, settles on the far wall and the excellent beer which makes it a GBG regular. A small dining area is tucked away on the other side of the building - no food Tues.
Beer: Greene King IPA; guest beer.CAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide
In 1937 the pub is listed in Kelly's Directory as one of 220 pubs that was retailing beer that they were brewing.
The Framlingham Petty Sessions licensing records show an un-named Bedfield beerhouse run by Lottie Abbott in 1934. As the Dog was named, this was probably the Crown, but this can't yet be confirmed.
In the April/May 1982 edition of Last Orders*** it was reported that the pub was due to reopen soon.…
The crown is a simple sign to show loyalty to the reigning monarch and apart from the commonwealth era (1648-60) has been a pub sign for over 600 years.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.