Withersfield White Horse
Withersfield White Horse
North West, 52.10389,0.40475
Real Ale is sold here.
Hollow Hill, CB9 7SH
grid reference TL 647 477
opened 17th century
owner/operator: Stonegate (formerly Ei Group)
18th century thatched inn set in attractive gardens. It is set in the quiet picturesque Suffolk country village of Withersfield, with a backdrop of open fields and trees. The pub consists of an early 18th Century grade II listed thatched building, with a restaurant, catering for up to 60 people. The newly renovated bar area has an open fire and beams throughout. The pub is filled with memorabilia of the ages and particularly of Sir Donald Bradman, the Australian cricket legend. The restaurant offers breakfast for the business and leisure visitors followed by a traditional lunch menu and afternoon vintage tea service. The pub remains open through the day and the restaurant then provides an evening menu to suit all tastes. The gardens offer secure enclosed lawns and a patio for outside dining. Spacious areas are available for marquees and private functions. There is a large car park with space for all visitors. There are 5 guest rooms in a self-contained, centrally heated building.
It was originally a staging post on the Colchester to Cambridge road.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Special events
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1901 (interactive map)
For a short time, between September 2015 and July 2017, the pub traded under the name "Bradman's", named after cricketer Don Bradman whose family once owned the pub.
In 1861 the inn is listed at Golding Green.
At one time inquests were held here, as a report from the Suffolk Free Press** shows:
November 20th 1907
Inquest at Withersfield White Horse Inn on the body of Earnest Williams aged 13 who was found dead under some chaff, Frank Smith, farmer said deceased worked for him, on Monday morning he sent the boy to get some chaff which was piled to a considerable height in a barn, at about 9-30 he remarked to the yardman it was strange if the boy went home without saying anything, he looked in the stable and saw the boy's baske…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)