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Important Covid information

Although the latest lockdown has now ended, Suffolk remains in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with "substantial" meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.

Many pubs which are unable to reopen yet (and some that have reopened) are selling food and drink to take away. These are listed on this page.

Please note that due to government regulations, all takeaway drinks must be pre-booked by telephone, text or other means.

Southwold King's Head

Southwold King's Head

closed August 2013

opened 1743 (rebuilt 1864)

23 High St, IP18 6AD

grid reference TM 505 763

This large open plan lounge diner had a small public bar in one area.

It was first licensed in 1743.

The pub closed mid-August 2013 after several months under temporary management. The future is currently under review but it's been reported that it may become a police station, though other reports suggest an Italian restaurant. As of mid-August 2015, the building has been de-signed but is still empty (no change in July 2017).

The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map

old OS map

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

(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)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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