End of an era as pub in Bury St Edmunds closes

Joanna Bird, landlady of St Edmunds Tavern
Joanna Bird, landlady of St Edmunds Tavern
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It is the end of an era for pub-goers in Bury St Edmunds with the closure of the St Edmund’s Tavern.

The pub, in Risbygate Street, has closed after wine business Thomas Peatling bought the site, where it plans to relocate its shop from Westgate Street and open a wine bar.

Landlady Joanna Bird, who has run the pub for two years, thanked the customers and staff including her mother who worked full time. She said: “It’s been a totally amazing experience. I’ve mainly lived in Risbygate Street since I was nine so have always passed the Tavern going to town and school and never imagined I would be behind the bar.”

The earliest known reference to the pub is in 1727 as The Rising Sun, according to The Old Inns and Beer Houses of Bury. Mrs Bird will focus on her business Lakenheath Car Sales and Rentals and help run family businesses Lucky Break, which relaunched on New Year’s Day, and Vision, which will open in the new year.