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.
Stratford St Mary Swan
Stratford St Mary Swan
Extra services available here during the Covid-19 lockdown:
Takeaway beer available. Email the pub with your order, including your 'phone number and they'll call back with a collection slot and take your card payment.
See Facebook (or the board outside the pub) for details of what's available.
Real Ale is sold here.
Lower St, CO7 6JR
grid reference TM 043 341
An attractive and lively two bar pub in the village centre. An area to the rear of the lounge bar is used for dining. Pool and other pub games are available in public bar.
The building is part of a historic former coaching inn dating from about 1520. The original medieval structure was at least 3 times larger than what now remains and included a second wing located on the far side of the car-park, which was eventually destroyed by fire.
The inn also once had stabling to the rear of the premises, for about 200 horses. George II once stayed overnight here on route to London. On the other side of the road is a Victorian pumping station close to the remains of a lock on the River Stour, which is the county boundary and was once navigable from Manningtree (in Essex) to Sudbury.…
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Cider (real draught, not keg) available: Hecks
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available: cribbage, dominoes NO POOL
- WiFi available
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Part of a former coaching inn and posting house.
[...] at the height of the coaching boom it had stabling for two hundred horses. In those days it was a regular stopping place for the Norfolk farmers driving their flocks of turkeys and geese to London's markets. Strange though this method of transportation now seems, Daniel Defoe declared that as many as three hundred droves would sometimes pass the Swan in a single season. It is also possible that Queen Elizabeth visited the inn on one of her three journeys to Ipswich and George II, that most irritable of monarchs certainly spent a night here on 15th January 1736…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)