Castle Inn on the Hill faces complaints about loud music and rowdy behaviour

PUBLISHED: 17:44 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:44 31 July 2018

The Castle Inn, Framlingham  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Castle Inn, Framlingham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


It neighbours the ancient monument immortalised in Ed Sheeran’s “love song for Suffolk”.

Ed Sheeran's Castle on the Hill music video Picture: ED SHEERANEd Sheeran's Castle on the Hill music video Picture: ED SHEERAN

But while Castle on the Hill sold millions of copies, became a global hit and was nominated for awards, Framlingham’s Castle Inn on the Hill, is finding it harder to please the critics.

The historic pub, which also features in TV’s Detectorists, has been advised to reduce the noise from its music events following a series of complaints.

Suffolk Coastal District Council confirmed it had received several complaints about “loud music” coming from the pub as well as patrons’ “rowdy behaviour”, which was said to have affected “many residents in the vicinity”.

While the pub has not yet been told to stop its music events the council has sent its A Team to help prevent public nuisance.

Ed Sheeran Castle on the HillEd Sheeran Castle on the Hill

“We have offered informal advice to the licensees and suggested ways they can reduce the noise from their music events, such as reducing the level of amplification, keeping doors and windows shut and adjusting the timing and frequency of the events,” said a council spokesman.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and if there is any recurrence, we will review and one of our options could be taking formal action, but this is not something we are considering at the moment.”

Christopher Hudson, who represents Framlingham at Suffolk Coastal District Council, said he had heard complaints from several “well known” people in the town. “I look forward to the situation being resolved amicably for all concerned,” he added.

Steve Boyce, who has performed at the pub, said it would be concerning if it lost its music licence. “They are disappearing on a weekly basis and if the Castle went there wouldn’t be much left for live music in Framlingham,” he added.

Ed described Castle on the Hill as his “love song for Suffolk” when it was released in January 2017. The hit song, which went thee times platinum in the UK, was also credited for boosting Framlingham Castle’s visitor numbers. English Heritage reported an increase of 100,000 visitors in 2017 – up 15% on the previous year. The video, which features Framlingham Castle in its final scene, has been watched 330 million times on Youtube.

The pub, which goes by the name Castle Inn on the Hill on Facebook, did not respond to requests for comment.

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