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.
South Cove Five Bells
South Cove Five Bells
Real Ale is sold here.
Southwold Rd, NR34 7JD
grid reference TM 499 818
A single bar with seating leads to a restaurant. Outside there is a large garden and patio area. Accommodation is available in rooms on a B&B basis and touring caravans can also be accommodated on-site. At one time, it was said that the bells of five churches could be heard from its location.
The pub is on the parish boundary and is sometimes said to be located in Wrentham, however since we now have definitive boundary data from the Ordnance Survey, we can see that it's just inside South Cove.
The licensing magistrates were evidently a bit confused about the pub in 1879 - they licensed it as the Eight Bells!
- Accommodation available: some rooms + touring caravan site
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Camping or caravan site nearby
- Dogs welcome: inside the pub only outside of food service times and only on lead in garden because there are free-roaming chickens
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- WiFi available
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
To be let for a term of years; that old established house, the Five Bells, South Cove, adjoining the public road, leading from Lowestoft to Southwold; with a 4 stall stable, brewhouse, warehouse, and about 2 acres of land. The premises are in good repair for further particulars apply to Mr John Scott, Shaddingfield.Ipswich Journal, August 1835**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)