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.
Update: pubs which are known to have reopened are now also listed. Please let Tony know if you know of pubs not listed that have reopened.
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.
The pub itself is currently closed, HOWEVER we are offering our sensational wood-fired pizzas to TAKEAWAY, together with our beers and ales. Please click Greyhound Opening During Coronavirus on the website to see full details of what we are offering from the pub at this time and please click Greyhound Takeaway Pizza Menu to see our takeaway pizza menu. We continue to offer our Buy-One-Margherita-Get-One-FREE on Tuesdays and we deliver to the over 70s in Botesdale, Redgrave and Rickinghall on Thursdays. We are very pleased to offer NHS staff a 50% discount on their pizzas (except on Tuesdays). We hope to see you all soon.
Real Ale is sold here.
The Street, IP22 1BS
grid reference TM 047 758
Once a coaching in on the London-Norwich road, this no frills pub has a loyal following of regulars and lots of character. Bare floorboards, old furniture , old photos and taxidermy exhibits add to the atmosphere. Busy bar, quieter lounge and a pool room. Live music Fridays, hog rolls available Sunday 12 .00 till they run out. Some beers maybe served under CO2 Parking is very limited.
Note that parking at the pub is very limited.
The building dates from the late 15th century, though it was partly rebuilt and extended about 1600.
The spaniel on the sign (the sharp-eyed will have spotted that it's not a greyhound) is called Elvis and is owned by the pub's proprietor, Chris Burnard.…
- Beer festivals
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area: Patio
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cask Marque accredited
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Parking: Limited
- Real fire
- Separate bar
- Smoking area
- Traditional pub games available: Pool, darts
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown (though un-named) on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
To be lett, at Midsummer next, the Greyhound-Inn in Botesdale, being a well accustomed House with a convenient Brewing-Office, and a very good Stable-Room, and all other Accommodation suitable thereto. Enquire of Mr Thomas More of Botesdale aforesaid.Ipswich Journal, May 3rd 1740***
To be lett, the Greyhound Inn in Botesdale.Ipswich Journal, April 7th 1753***
The Greyhound Inn, Botesdale, lately kept by Mrs Eliz. Yallop, Widow, is now taken by Wm. Barber from Chelmsford.Ipswich Journal, December 15th 1753
William Barber from Chelmsford... has taken the Greyhound Inn in Botesdale and was still here on 12th October 1754…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony, Kim or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO historical directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)