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.
Rickinghall Inferior Bell
Rickinghall Inferior Bell
The pub has reopened.
Real Ale is sold here.
The St, IP22 1BN
grid reference TM 046 757
Under new management May 2016 and has been given a makeover giving a fresh appearance. The beamed lounge bar has an area with a pool table and there is a comfortable dining room. Accommodation available. Disabled toilet. This 17th century former coaching inn once had extensive stabling to provide fresh draught horses for travellers. Whites Directory of Suffolk (1844) states "Coaches pass eight times a day to Norwich, Bury St Edmunds & London". The building dates from the early to mid 17th century. Open all day and serves food every day.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area: Patio
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cask Marque accredited
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Function room available to hire
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Smoking area
- Sport TV
- Traditional pub games available: Pool
- WiFi available
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
This 17th Century former coaching inn once had extensive stabling to provide fresh draught horses for travellers. Whites Directory of Suffolk (1844) states "Coaches pass eight times a day to Norwich, Bury St Edmunds & London".
It's historically listed as a commercial inn and may also be listed in Botesdale (in 1830 & 1900 to 1922).
At the Ixworth Petty Sessions of December 1884 the license for the Bell at Rickenhall Inferior was transferred from Mrs Phillips to Leonard Tipple.Ipswich Journal, January 1885**
An announcement of marriage on 17th June, at Lower Rickenhall, by the Rev. G Hales assisted by Rev…
Recent pub details by Dave Wilkins (Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)