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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. For fine weather drinking in the beer garden is located beside a small stream. The pub underwent a complete refurbishment during October 2014 and reopened on 31st Oct 2014. It is a sister pub to the Dove Street Inn in Ipswich and loyalty card holders from the Dove Street Inn may use them here.
There are no regular beers.
There are up to 14 beers available at any one time and all are served either via handpulls or gravity from behind the bar.
Ask at the bar for the key.
Combs Ford is part of the Stowmarket parish
Local licensing authority for Combs Ford is Mid Suffolk
last updated 03/11/2014
(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."