Walberswick Bell Inn
Walberswick Bell Inn
We’ve taken the unfortunate decision to temporarily close The Bell, reopening on Saturday 26th June, because a number of our team have been contacted by NHS Test & Trace and told to self-isolate. These teammates are all fine and probably already bored and frustrated with having to stay at home. We’re really sorry for any disruption this may cause you, but we just don’t have enough other teammates to run the pub to our usual great standards over the next few days.
Please be absolutely assured this doesn’t affect any customers who have visited over the past few days and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Tom, Jo and the rest of The Bell Team.
Real Ale is sold here.
Ferry Rd, IP18 6TN
grid reference TM 499 747
The 600 year old Inn is situated in the heart of the settlement, near to the village green & just a stone's throw from the sea. Internally it has many seating areas & historic features. It can be very busy for food at weekends in summer. Smugglers' tunnels between the Bell & the beach have been uncovered, though apparently they have since collapsed. Walberswick can be accessed from Southwold via a footbridge.
There's a toilet for disabled customers.
Smugglers' tunnels between the Bell and the beach have been uncovered, though apparently they have since collapsed.
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area: large garden at rear
- Beer served through handpumps
- Dogs welcome: Well-behaved dogs
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- WiFi available
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
At the Halesworth Petty Sessions held in July 1885 a license was granted to Lydia Cleveland, executrix of William Cleveland, late of the bell, walberswick. Ipswich Journal, Aug 1885**
At the Halesworth Petty sessions held in November 1885, the license for the Bell, Walberswick, was transferred from Lydia Cleveland to Arthur Vessey. Ipswich Journal, Nov 1885**
A picture of past times is painted by a letter written by the landlady to the licensing authorities on 13th October 1955:
I hereby give you notice that I wish to apply for a music license at Southwold court on Monday November 21st…
NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.
(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)