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Real Ale

Stratford St Mary Black Horse

previously known as Golden Barrels

Lower St, CO7 6JS

01206 321682


grid reference TM 042 338

opened 15th cent

owner Bideawhile 701 Ltd

(details under review)

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opening hours:

  • Closed Monday. 1200 - 2300 Tues - Sun

food times:

  • Closed Monday. 1000 - 1400 Tues - Thur. 1000 - 1430 Fri - Sat. 1000 - 1500 Sun
(Times last updated 14/12/2015)

regular real ales

GK IPA + others on handpump


listed building grade II


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Local licensing authority for Stratford St Mary is Babergh

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.



last updated 03/04/2016

An old (early 17th century) drovers' inn right on edge of the village which retains two bars and has a garden that leads down to River Stour, which forms county border with Essex. Disabled toilet.

When this tiny road was the main route from London to Ipswich this would have been the first or last Suffolk pub seen along the old turnpike. For many years a Toll booth also stood close to the bridge over the river. Today only the constant drone of traffic can be heard from the nearby village by-pass.

New owners in 2013.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

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

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

children-welcome Family friendly

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

free WiFi Free WiFi

parking parking

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)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of the londonpublichouse.com website)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)