Combs Ford Gladstone Arms summary from Suffolk Camra
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Combs Ford Gladstone Arms

  • previously known as Bold Buccleuch
  • 2 Combs Rd
  • IP14 2AP
  • 01449 771608ring now
  • grid reference TM 050 577
  • opened 1855 circa
  • owner Independant
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real ale available
    Beer served through handpullsBeer served direct from the barrel by gravityReal draught cider availableLunchtime meals (not just snacks)Evening mealsTraditional pub games availableReal coal or log firedogs-welcomechildren-welcomePub is accessible to disabled customersBus stopstation within a mileQuiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukeboxfree WiFiCar parkBeer garden or other outside drinking area
    Historical info
    Public transport

    (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."