Photo of Boot

grid reference TM 173 395

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listed building grade II

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 11/03/2018

Freston Boot

historical era: 21st century

opened 16th century

Freston Hill (B1456), IP9 1AB

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

The pub was found closed and on the market in May 2010; it was then reported to have been bought from Punch Taverns by Tidal Hill Ltd (understood to be the owners of the nearby Suffolk Food Hall). It was left to become semi-derelict until the summer of 2016 when renovation work was observed to have commenced. Local rumours suggest that the owners of the Food Hall are converting it into a restaurant. When visited in early March 2017, renovation work appeared to have ground to a halt, though in early-2018 it appeared to be underway again.

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.