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A large, open plan, single bar pub serving consistently good beer. Situated just over half mile from centre of nearby Stowmarket, this pub retains distinctive drinking, games and eating areas. For fine weather drinking in the beer garden is located beside a small stream. Good value food with several vegetarian options (12-2, 7-9) the steak and kidney pudding is a real filler! No food served on Sun or Mon eves. Disabled toilet.
Currently closed, but it has been purchased by the owners of the Dove Street Inn in Ipswich, who are refurbishing it and expect to reopen late September or early October.
(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)
Walter Scott of Buccleuch was a Scottish nobleman and famous border reiver, who led a raid against Carlisle castle on 13 April 1596 to release Kinmont Willie Armstrong who was imprisoned there. Walter Scott was later tried and imprisoned before being sent to London, and was even presented to Queen Elizabeth I. Bold Buccleuch was also once a popular name for boats and also a steamer that traded from Hull to Yarmouth in mid 1800s.
William Ewart Gladstone (29 Dec1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British Liberal Party statesman and four times Prime Minister of the UK (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886, 1892–94). He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer and a champion of the Home Rule Bill which would have established self-government in Ireland. Also famous for an intense rivalry with the Conservative Party Leader Benjamin Disraeli. The rivalry was not only political, but also personal. When Disraeli died, Gladstone proposed a state funeral, but Disraeli's will asked for him to be buried next to his wife, to which Gladstone replied, "As Disraeli lived, so he died — all display, without reality or genuineness."
Gladstone was famously at odds with Queen Victoria for much of his career. She once complained, "He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting."