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Stratford St Mary Swan

Real Ale is available here

Lower St, CO7 6JR

01206 321244

grid reference TM 043 341

opened 1520

owner Mark & Sophie Dorber

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bar / diner

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opening hours:

  • Wed-Sun: 1100-2300

food times:

  • Wed-Sun: 1200-1500, 1800-2100
(Times last updated 30/09/2016)

listed building grade II


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Local licensing authority for Stratford St Mary is Babergh

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.



last updated 28/12/2016

An attractive and lively two bar pub in the village centre. An area to the rear of the lounge bar is used for dining. Pool and other pub games are available in public bar.

The building is part of a historic former coaching inn dating from about 1520. The original medieval structure was at least 3 times larger than what now remains and included a second wing located on the far side of the car-park, which was eventually destroyed by fire.

The inn also once had stabling to the rear of the premises, for about 200 horses. George II once stayed overnight here on route to London. On the other side of the road is a Victorian pumping station close to the remains of a lock on the River Stour, which is the county boundary and was once navigable from Manningtree (in Essex) to Sudbury.

The pub offers two to three cask ales, plus the odd beer on gravity from the cellar and over 75 bottle conditioned beers - a list that will grow.

A hop garden has been planted at the pub and a (very) small on-site brewery started production in September 2016.

The pub has been owned since late 2012 by Sophie and Mark Dorber. The Dorbers also own and run the Walberswick Anchor.

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

Real fire Real fire

children-welcome Family friendly

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

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 londonpublichouse.com)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)