Stratford St Mary SwanReal Ale
Lower St, CO7 6JR
grid reference TM 043 341
owner Mark & Sophie Dorber
bar / diner
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- Wed-Sat: 1200-2300
- Sun: 1200-2230
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
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 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 a small on-site brewery should be in production mid-2015.
The Dorbers have also run the Walberswick Anchor for some years.
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Separate public bar
Traditional pub games available
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
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)