Friston Old Chequers
Friston Old Chequers
Re-opened on 4th July, see Facebook for details.
Real Ale is sold here.
Aldeburgh Rd, IP17 1NP
grid reference TM 412 601
Newly refurbished and re-opened in April 2015 by Carol & Andy Wright, 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. 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. 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. Chef Patrick Neal has built an excellent food reputation for the pub in a very short time.
- 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
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)
According to the village website, William Sharman was landlord for "several decades".
Lambs to be shewn at Friston Chequers on Tuesday the 28th, between 30 and 40 score of lambs, by the growers, your humble servant, William Scarlett. Note! Dinner at two o'clock.Advert, Ipswich Journal, August 1810**
Died on the 20th at Friston, Mr William Sharman, aged 62, for upwards of 30 years the much respected landlord of the Chequers Inn.Ipswich Journal, November 1870**
Reopened after a period of closure on 14th November 2012 and a new restaurant on 15th December 2012 which we were told was a great success, however the pub was reported to have closed (May 2012) and this was confirmed by a visit that September…
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)