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.
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
The pub is also listed at Baronby/Barnaby Green (1839/1840) and in South Street.
It was first licensed in 1743. On 13th October, 1764, the Ipswich Journal announced "An Ancient Inn" called the King's Head at Southwold was to be let. It had recently been rebuilt, with a sashed front, had stabling for 20 horses, besides a common stable for market horses, a large garden and an acre of land. It was offered for £15. Kelly's Directory for 1896 reads "John Marshall, King's Head Inn & Forester's Hall & Dining Rooms; good accommodation for Beanfeast parties…
(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.