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Needham Market Rampant Horse

previously known as Chequers, Cross House, Kings Arms, Ram, White Horse, Fleece

Real Ale

Coddenham Rd, IP6 8AU

01449 722044

grid reference TM 090 548

opened 1544

owner Calvor's

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opening hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 1200-1500, 1700-2100
  • Sat-Sun: 1200-2300

food times:

  • until 2100
(Times last updated 07/05/2012)

regular real ales

Real ales vary; all Calvors craft lagers available.

guest beers

Range varies.

listed building grade II

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Local licensing authority for Needham Market is Mid Suffolk
last updated 02/01/2015

Also listed at Station Yard.

A timber framed building with an old beamed bar which has been a pub (on and off) since 1544.

Purchased February 2012 by Calvor's Brewery, of Coddenham Green, who reopened it at the end of March, selling a wide range of locally-sourced food & drink - including of course their own high-quality lagers.

Before the railway station was built all the land between the pub and river was known as "camping land" - this was the pitch for the popular ball game Campball - a precursor to football dating back to at least 17th cent. Campball was described as a "friendly kind of fight" - a bloody and murderous practice with no restrictions on numbers of players and few rules. It generally degenerated into a brawl. Today local football is still played on part of the former camping land.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Oversized, lined glasses in regular use Oversized, lined glasses in regular use

Real coal or log fire Real coal or log fire

dogs-welcome Dogs are welcome

children-welcome Children are welcome

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

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

station within a mile Railway station within about a mile (see public transport tab for details)

payable WiFi WiFi available (a charge may apply)

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)

(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)

(various information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)