Our History


The Lidgate Star

The Lidgate Star is a listed building which was built as a hall house which would have had a large open hearth and no upstairs rooms. The Star was used for residential purposes until the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, when it became a licensed premises. The right hand section of the building was formerly a private residence before becoming part of the pub, with a later extension at the rear. There is a blocked up doorway in the cellar which once went to an adjoining property.

John Lydgate, the English poet, wrote in the early fifteenth century:

‘I was born in Lydgate where Bachus licour doth ful scarsli fleete’.

A Long Heritage

Our Pub's History

1600s – The building was constructed as a hall house (it may have been as early as the fourteenth century).

1700s – It is thought that the building became a beer house in the lates 1700s or early 1800s.

1894 – The pub was purchased by the Greene King brewery.

2000s – The pub became popular as a Spanish tapas restaurant.

2011 – There was a community buyout of the pub from Greene King.

2022 – The pub returned to private hands, but maintaining the same community values.

2023 – An extension was added to the building to provide accessibility facilities and also an additional cold store room on the ground floor.

The pub has one of only two sets of ‘lady pumps’ for pouring beer in the country. These are currently being restored and will be returned to the bar in 2024. We will be holding a talk about the history of the pub in early 2024, please keep an eye on our events page.

The Lidgate Star

The pub is open from 16:00 to 23:00 on Mondays to Fridays and from 10:00 to 23:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Home-made pizzas are available between 18:30 and 22:00 every day of the week (between 12:00 and 22:00 on Saturdays) and food is served on Saturdays between 10:30 and 22:00 and on Sundays between 10:30 and 15:30 and from 18:30 until 22:00.

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The Lidgate Star, The Street, Lidgate, Suffolk, CB8 9PP


01638 500275

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