Southwold King's Head

Southwold King's Head

North East, 52.3283,1.67587

closed August 2013

opened 1743 (rebuilt 1864)

23 High St, IP18 6AD

grid reference TM 505 763

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

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).

Owner/operator: Adnams
Large open plan lounge/diner, with small public bar to one side. Noted for its homemade food. B&B attached to the pub. Well kept beer.
Beers: Adnams Bitter, Old, Broadside, Seasonal AleCAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide





Historical interest

Historical interest




(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(** 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.