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Melton Coach & Horses

Real Ale

Melton Rd, IP12 1QB

01394 384851

grid reference TM 280 502

opened 1547

owner Free House

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opening hours:

  • 1100-2430am
  • 1200-2300 (Sun)

food times:

  • 1200-2100
(Times last updated 28/09/2010)

listed building grade II

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Local licensing authority for Melton is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 30/09/2016

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 Beer served through handpulls

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

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

station 0.60 mile away Railway station about 0.60 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

free WiFi Free WiFi

parking parking

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)

(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.