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Stowmarket Royal William

Real Ale

53 Union St East, IP14 1HP

01449 674553

grid reference TM 049 589

opened 1837 circa

owner landlord id owner

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opening hours:

  • 11-11
  • 11-12 Fri & Sat
  • 12-10:30 (Sun)
(Times last updated 09/02/2017)

regular real ales

Ever changing list of beers [G]


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Local licensing authority for Stowmarket is Mid Suffolk

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.



last updated 25/03/2017

A rare example of a back-street pub that is a former beer house and has only had a full license since 1962.

Tucked away, but located quite close to the nearby railway station with its magnificent early Victorian facade.

All beer is served on gravity from a small temperature controlled room behind the bar. Up to twelve beers are available, see slates hanging over bar. Also up to ten ciders are available during the summer months (ask for more details).

Hot and cold snacks are always available. The pub has two darts teams and a cribbage team.

Friendly locals and good conversation are the order of the day. Treasure it, there are few left like it.

Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

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

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

station 0.2 mile away Railway station about 0.2 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

free WiFi Free WiFi

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)

(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)