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Stratford St Mary Swan

Real Ale

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-Sat: 1200-2300
  • Sun: 1200-2230
(Times last updated 10/06/2013)

listed building grade II

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Local licensing authority for Stratford St Mary is Babergh
last updated 01/02/2015

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.

A hop garden has been planted at the pub and there are plans for a small on-site brewery as well.

The Dorbers have also run the Walberswick Anchor for some years.

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional separate public bar Traditional separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real coal or log fire Real coal or log fire

children-welcome Children are welcome

Car park Car park

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)