A dry parish since the Cherry Tree closed about 1998, Drinkstone was recorded in Domesday as "Drincestona" or "Drencestuna". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Drenkeſton".
It's an unspoilt village with a tiny church which is one of the most attractive in the county. One of two mills dates from 1689 and is one of just three 17th century post mills surviving in reasonable repair in the county. It's said to be the oldest windmill in Suffolk.
The 1844 White's Directory lists a beer house keeper called Hannah Whiten.
The 1888 Kelly's Directory lists a beer retailer called John Theobald.