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Friston Old Chequers

previously known as Chequers

Real Ale

Aldeburgh Rd, IP17 1NP

01728 688039

grid reference TM 412 601

opened pre-1874

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bar / restaurant

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opening hours:

  • Closed Mon.
  • Tues: 1600-2230
  • Wed-Sat: 1200-2300
  • Sun: 1200-2000

food times:

  • Closed Mon & Tues
  • Wed-Sat: 1200-1430, 1800-2030
  • Sun: 1200-1530
(Times last updated 13/11/2015)

regular real ales


guest beers

Two guest beers at any one time.

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Local licensing authority for Friston is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 13/11/2015

The Old Chequers sits on a prominent corner in the centre of the village.Newly refurbished & re-opened in April 2015 by Carol & Andy Wright, the Old Chequers is a country pub with dining. A modern twist on a family run pub with traditional log burner & a warm welcome to all. Old Chequers is child & dog friendly (for well behaved ones!). There is a rear enclosed patio area - a sun trap in good weather, and bench seating to the front opposite the village green. There is a large car park to the front & access for disabled is good being all on one level. Old Chequers serves 2 regular real ales and a guest ale when demand is good & a good selection of lagers, ciders & wines. Chef Patrick Neal has built an excellent food reputation for the pub in a very short time.

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Real coal or log fire Real coal or log fire

children-welcome Children are welcome

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 3 miles away Railway station about 3 miles away (see public transport tab for details)

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

Car park Car park

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

(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 Chequers sign is an ancient sign probably brought to England by the Romans. Later the sign became associated with a money table e.g. an exchequer or type of chessboard. Some pubs displayed the sign to indicate that they would change money or acted as bankers in some way.