Wingfield De La Pole Arms
Wingfield De La Pole Arms
formerly King's Head
Real Ale is sold here.
Church Road, IP21 5RA
grid reference TM 229 768
This traditional village pub is in a lovely setting opposite St. Andrews Church, on the hill above Wingfield College and Wingfield Barns (note ... follow the brown tourist signs to Wingfield Barns!)
It was extensively restored in the 1990s and has recently reopened (March 2017) incorporating traditional bar with open fire, a deli/cafe area (serving mainly local products), and further on a large restaurant room with vaulted ceiling. The building is full of character with exposed oak beams.
The De La Pole is open Tues. to Sat. for breakfasts, sandwiches and cakes at 11.00am, with the bar open from 12 noon and lunches served from 12 noon until 3pm. Afternoon teas are also available.
On Sunday the opening hours are 12 - 4 pm, with a carvery lunch being served. No evening food…
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Function room available to hire
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Newspapers available
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available: Free
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
The building dates from the 16th century.
It re-opened in 2006 and was refurbished after a period of closure.
To be sold by auction, all that substantial well frequented public house, known as the King's Head, advantageously situated at Wingfield, upon the high road leading from Harleston to Stradbroke, together with stable, gig house, cattle shed, yard, garden and appurtenances.
Also, a detached brick and tiled building, which is well adapted for carrying on a trade, and has been used as a butcher's shop and slaughterhouse, and also as a brew house…
William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk was an important medieval English soldier and commander in the Hundred Years' War and later Lord Chamberlain of England. He was created Earl of Pembroke in 1447 and Duke of Suffolk in 1448. He became the principal power behind the throne of the weak and compliant Henry VI and Admiral of England plus several other offices. The following three years saw the near-complete loss of all English possessions in northern France, and Suffolk could not avoid taking the blame for the failures. Arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London, he was banished for five years, but on his journey to France his ship was intercepted, and he was executed.
Updated information by Dave Wilkins(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(family details from Carol, Alan & Neil Machen)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of he londonpublichouse.com)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)