Photo of Boot

grid reference TM 173 395

opened 16th century

(details under review)

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listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Freston is Babergh

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 10/05/2018

Freston Boot

(temporarily closed)

Freston Hill (B1456), IP9 1AB

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The Boot had a comfortable lounge bar with extension into restaurant.

The pub will be reopening mid June, having been closed for 8 years. It's planned to be a proper with a restaurant, rather than a gastro-pub. It will have about 65 seats inside, with some 200 more outside in the wedding/functions field. There will be a petanque pitch and a large kitchen garden (it's hoped half of the food will be sourced from that). In an outbuilding there will be a small cinema.

It will be cashless, so make sure you take your plastic.

The core of the building is thought to date from the 17th century, with 18th or 19th century extensions to the left and a 20th century extension to the right.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)


The sign is of a long military boot made famous by the Duke of Wellington. In 1830 he was Prime Minister when the the Beer Act was introduced to help create Beer Houses - a new lower tier of premises permitted to sell alcohol. Under the 1830 Act any householder who paid rates could apply, with a one-off payment of two guineas, to sell beer or cider in their home (usually the front parlour) and even brew on the premises. The permission did not extend to the sale of spirits or fortified wines.