Great Blakenham Chequers

Great Blakenham Chequers

North East, 52.11484,1.09166

Closed: 21st century
Converted into an Indian restaurant September 2022

last owner/operator: Chequers (Great Blakenham) Limited

19 Stowmarket Rd, IP6 0LP

grid reference TM 117 507

The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)

old OS map

Landlord (David Lang) was here for over 23 years. Pub has been significantly refurbished and expanded in 2017 with new function rooms added for weddings and parties etc. Mobile bar available for events, etc. The one cask beer was usually selected from Woodforde Wherry, Greene King IPA and Adnams Ghost Ship.

Pub closed Sep 2022 and changed to a restaurant without planning approval.

One of only eight Suffolk pubs to appear in the first (1972) edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, when it sold Tolly Cobbold Mild & Bitter, both from the wood.





Historical interest

Historical interest





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)

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.