grid reference TL 642 632 (approximate location)
The Newmarket Pubs website tells us that this pub dated back at least as far as 1439 when it was mentioned in a will. It was a favourite place for James I to stay at when he visited the town; in 1613 the rear section of the building collapsed with the king and his court inside.
A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)