Friston Old Chequers
Friston Old Chequers
North East, 52.18712,1.52804
Real Ale is sold here.
Aldeburgh Rd, IP17 1NP
grid reference TM 412 601
bar / restaurant, opened pre-1874
The Old Chequers is a country pub with dining. A modern twist on a family run pub with traditional log burner and a warm welcome to all.
The Old Chequers is child and dog friendly (for well behaved ones!). There is a rear enclosed patio area - a sun trap in good weather, and bench seating to the front opposite the village green. There is a large car park to the front and access for disabled is good being all on one level.
The Old Chequers serves 2 regular real ales and a guest ale when demand is good and a good selection of lagers, ciders & wines. Booking recommended at weekends. May close early in evenings if quiet. Current landlord plans to offer regular music nights, featuring bands including his own group.
Wed-Sat: 1200-1500, 1700-"late"
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- WiFi available
Railway station about 3.0 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Owner/operator: Old English Pub Co.
Cosy and quiet. Leans towards the food trade but a discreet drinking area is maintained to the side of the bar. Well kept beer, including some micro guests, and an interesting menu - no food Sun. eve.
Beers: Adnams Bitter; ScotCo John Smith's Bitter; Woodforde's Wherry; guest beer.CAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide
According to the village website, William Sharman was landlord for "several decades".…
The Chequers sign is an ancient sign probably brought to England by the Romans. Later the sign became associated with a money table e.g. an exchequer or type of chessboard. Some pubs displayed the sign to indicate that they would change money or acted as bankers in some way.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)