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Attractive & lively two bar pub in the village centre. An area to rear of 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 the remaining and included a second wing located on the far side of car-park which was eventually destroyed by fire.
The inn also once had stabling to rear of 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.
Now trading again (since Jan 2013) after renovation work has been completed & new signage fitted. Now offering two to three cask ales & the odd beer on gravity from the cellar & over 75 bottle conditioned beers - a list that will grow.
Beer festival from 6-8th September (Friday-Sunday). Free to attend with around 20-25 beers as well as 3-4 real ciders. Also a barbecue and paella stall.
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Stratford St Mary is Babergh
last updated 30/11/2013
(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)