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Real Ale

Thornham Magna Four Horseshoes

previously known as Horseshoes

Thornham Rd, IP23 8HD

01379 678777


grid reference TM 104 707

opened 1150

owner Greene King

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bar / diner

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opening hours:

  • 1200-0000

food times:

  • Mon-Thu: 1200-1500, 1800-2100
  • Fri-Sat: 1200-1500, 1800-2130
  • Sun: 1200-2030
(Times last updated 23/05/2016)

regular real ales

GK IPA, Old Speckled Hen, other GK range


listed building grade II*


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Local licensing authority for Thornham Magna is Mid Suffolk

CAMRA Mid-Anglia branch.



last updated 23/05/2016

A beautiful, rambling, thatched building dating from about 1150, which makes it Suffolk's oldest pub.

Today much of the internal space is used for dining but the bar still offers up to four beers. Much woodwork is exposed. A well is located in one part of the bar. Disabled toilet. Local legend tells of a tunnel running from here to the nearby Stoke Ash White Horse, though we understand no evidence exists for it. In 2008 at the age of 19, Tom Parkhurst took over the pub & was then thought to be the youngest publican in the county.

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Newspapers available Newspapers available

Function room available to hire Function room available to hire

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Accommodation available Accommodation available

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

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

live music live music

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

Smoking area Smoking 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)

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)