Melton Coach & HorsesReal Ale
Melton Rd, IP12 1QB
grid reference TM 280 502
owner Free House
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- 1200-2300 (Sun)
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Melton is Suffolk Coastal
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 01/12/2016
Deben Inns now own this refurbished pub which offers a wide range of drinks and home cooked food to a high standard. Specialises in corporate events and holds cookery courses.
The building dates from the 17th century, with several subsequent extensions.
Beer served through handpulls
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Restaurant or separate dining area
Separate public bar
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 0.60 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Coach & horses became a popular means of transport for many travellers during the 17th and 18th cent. especially for those who could not afford their own vehicle. As regular services evolved, they encouraged many inns enroute to become natural stopping points for refreshments - with journeys broken into stages (about 8 miles) - and many eventually provided stabling to enable regular changes of horses. Their demise started in 1840s with the building of the railway network.