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.
Long Melford Black Lion
Long Melford Black Lion
Real Ale is sold here.
The Green, CO10 9DN
grid reference TL 864 465
Recently refurbished (in summer 2017). Reopened in Autumn 2017.
Georgian Hotel (10 letting rooms) overlooking the famous huge village green and close to church. Also close to Long Melford hall (National Trust) and Kentwell Hall.
Dating back to at least 1740 - probably earlier.
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
Railway station about 4.0 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The hotel is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, July 10th and August 16th 1740*** to : the Black Lyon on the Green at Melford.
The Bowling-Green at the Black Lyon in Melford will be open'd on Thu, 2nd May where a Dinner will be provided, as usual, by Ann Brome, who continues the Business of her late husband.Ipswich Journal, April 27th 1751***
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, April 11th 1752*** to Ann Brome at the Black Lyon, upon Long Melford Green and the opening of the Bowling Green.
Ann Brome advertised the opening of the Bowling Green at the Black Lyon in Long Melford.Ipswich Journal, April 14th 1753***
Ann Brome will be opening her Bowling Green at the Black Lyon, Long Melford on 17th April 1755.Ipswich Journal,…
The black lion is a heraldic sign mainly related to either Queen Philippa of Hainault - wife of Edward III and a popular 14th cent. queen who was married for over 40 years. Or it may be a reference to Owain Glyndwr - the celebrated 14th cent. Welsh chieftain.
(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 information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old picture from http://www.foxearth.org.uk