In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
also traded as Nag's Head, Star, BlueLighthouse, East Street Café Bar, Pilot Boat
8 East St, IP18 6EH
grid reference TM 508 761
The Victoria was a long-established pub on a site where a pub has stood since at least 1820, when it was known as the Pilot Boat. The current building has stood since 1855 and in more recent years traded as the Blue Lighthouse, a café bar.
it's now closed and has been converted into a clothes shop.
To be sold by auction, by Mr Cana, at the New Swan Inn, Southwold, Lot 5., the Pilot Boat which is copyhold, a substantially brick built public house, in excellent repair, possessing every convenience for carrying on extensive trade, and is subject to trifling outgoings. The tenant has notice to quit at Michaelmas.Ipswich Journal, in July 1820**
The Nag's Head was demolished on July 18th 1855 and had been rebuilt by May 22nd 1856. The sign was then altered to the Star and later to the Victoria Tavern.****
Its former name, the Pilot Boat, is commemorated in a nineteenth century rhyme
The Lion bit the Bear
And made the Old Swan fly
Turned the Pilot Boat upside down
And drank the Lord Nelson dry
The Bear Inn disappeared over one hundred years ago (1869)…
(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 book information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Reference to pub seen in Southwold Diary of James Maggs (1818-1876) published by Suffolk Records Society in 2007)