Ipswich Black Horse
Ipswich Black Horse
Real Ale is sold here.
29 Black Horse Ln, IP1 2EF
grid reference TM 160 445
opened approx. 1689
owner/operator: Ei Group
The pub offers gaming areas and various seating areas including an outside patio. There's often live music at weekends.
Under new management as of August 2020, so details may have changed.
Although the building has been a pub "only" since about 1689, it was standing for some time before that; historians believe that Thomas Wolsey was possibly born here in approximately 1473.
It is believed to be the oldest pub of this name in East Anglia.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Traditional pub games available
Railway station about 0.6 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Ref to Mr Simon Sparrow, deceased, late of the Black Horse, St Mary Elms Parish, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, May 12th 1759***
To be sold, the Black Horse, in St Mary Elms, Ipswich, and also a Piece of exceeding good Garden-Ground, with plenty of good Fruit-Trees and good Wail-Trees.Ipswich Journal, December 19th 1772***
To be put off, with immediate possession, that old established public house, the Black Horse, situated in St Mary Elms, Ipswich, with household furniture, fixtures, stock of liquors, etc.; belonging to these premises, is a large and productive garden. Eight aces of arable land and pasture may also be had. Ipswich Journal, Jan 1820**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(**** information supplied by Neil Langridge)