formerly Black Boy
South West, 52.09442,1.31261
Real Ale is sold here.
2 Theatre St, IP12 4NE
grid reference TM 270 491
opened 1153 (rebuilt 1678)
A traditional two bar pub with beams and tiled floors. There's an outdoor seating area with stables still in evidence to the rear.
The well-kept range of up to six Real Ales are supplemented by some craft beers plus a massive selection of gins. The range of gins has resulted in an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. Gin tasting sessions are available via the pub website.
Two open mic evenings every month on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays plus a DJ every Saturday evening and live music (see the pub's website). There's a wood fired pizza oven in the garden.
The building dates from the 16th century, though there's evidence of a pub on this site as long ago as the 12th century.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cider (real draught, not keg) available
- Dogs welcome
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Real fire
- Separate bar
- Smoking area
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available
Railway station about 0.4 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this OS town plan from 1881 (larger map).
[...]the current building was built in 1678 and, as a result of a bequest, a sum of £1 is paid annually from the takings to the "benefit of the needy poor" of Hasketon.Inns and Inn Signs of Norfolk & Suffolk, Alfred Hedges, 1976
The 1678 date seems to come from a will that's listed on a genealogy site as follows: Alice Osborne, by will, in 1678, charged the Angel Inn, in Woodbridge (formerly the Black Boy), with the payment of 20s…
NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** historic newspaper information from John Martin)