Great Blakenham ChequersReal Ale
Stowmarket Rd, IP6 0LP
grid reference TM 117 507
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Local licensing authority for Great Blakenham is Mid Suffolk
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 02/11/2016
After running the pub for 20 years, the current landlord has now (2014) purchased it outright and has plans for refurbishment and improvements.
Mobile bar available for events, weddings, etc. chequersmobilebar.co.uk.
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Restaurant or separate dining area
Traditional pub games available
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 3.20 miles away (see public transport tab for details)
Cash machine available (a charge may apply)
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)
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.