Boxford White Hart
Boxford White Hart
Real Ale is sold here.
Broad Street, CO10 5DX
grid reference TL 963 405
opened 16th century
owner/operator: Suffolk Chefs Ltd
After two years of closure the pub reopened in March 2020 managed by a new landlord who formerly ran the Fleece across the road.
Open seven days a week the pub offers home-cooked food using locally-sourced ingredients.
The 17th century pub is famous world-wide as once being the home of George 'Tornado' Smith, the famous Wall of Death motorbike rider, who thrilled crowds around the world with his daredevil act – often with his pet lion on the handlebars.
The building originally dates from the 16th century. A substantial Victorian brewery was also once located on the same site in the late 19th century.
The White Hart will be forever associated with Tornado Smith. Born George William Smith, was the son of a former landlord…
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown (but not named) on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Notice hereby given that the General Court Baron of the Rev. Seymoor Leek, Clerk will be held for the manor of Groton on Thursday 11 Aug next at 4 o clock in afternoon at the White Hart in Groton when and where all persons concerned are required to attend. Ipswich Journal, 27 July 1782
Blythburgh White hart July 1825
Blythburgh Lamb Shew: H Trueman, of the White hart Inn, begs leave to inform gentlemen, farmers, dealers and others, that the Westwood Lodge Lambs, together with those of Messrs. Ling, Miller, and Capon, will be offered for sale, also several parcels of fat sheep and Down Crones. An Ordinary will be provided at 2pm precisely.…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)