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Thornham Magna Four Horseshoes

previously known as Horseshoes



Real Ale

Thornham Rd, IP23 8HD

01379 678777

grid reference TM 104 707

opened 1150

owner Greene King

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bar / diner

(details under review)


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listed building grade II*


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Local licensing authority for Thornham Magna is Mid Suffolk
last updated 10/04/2015

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 and was then thought to be the youngest publican in the country.

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

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Real coal or log fire Real coal or log fire

children-welcome Children are welcome

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)

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)

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)