Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Melton Coach & Horses
Melton Coach & Horses
Extra services available here during the Covid-19 lockdown:
Opening hours for orders are 12-8 Wednesday- Sunday. See the website to view our menu Unfortunately due to government regulations, customers are not allowed to consume food or drink on the premises, access only being allowed for ordering and collection. Please be aware there are no toilet facilities. Cash or card for payment is fine. Please be respectful of social distancing guidelines.
Real Ale is sold here.
Melton Rd, IP12 1QB
grid reference TM 280 502
owner/operator: deben inns
This pub is operated by Deben Inns. It has a spacious bar and restaurant areas that offer a wide range of drinks & home cooked food to a high standard.
The pub also caters for corporate events and holds cookery courses. There are plans to use some old brewery recipes from the former Melton brewery (which was located adjacent to the pub) to help recreate lost beers.
The building dates from the 17th century, with several subsequent extensions.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cask Marque accredited
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Smoking area
- WiFi available: free.
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)
To be lett, the Coach and Horses, Melton...Enquire of Mr Robert Sherman in Melton.Ipswich Journal, September 18th 1756***
Auction of the well accustomed Public-House, the Coach and Horses in Melton, together with the outhouses, yards, gardens and orchard to the same belonging, and now in the occupation of Ann Farrow, widow. The above premises are Copyhold and pay a quit rent of 8d a year and are very moderately assessed for the land-tax.Ipswich Journal, 8th JUn 1776***
To be sold, the Coach and Horses in Melton, now in the occupation of Ann Farrow, widow....Enquire of Mr…
Coach & horses became a popular means of transport for many travellers during the 17th and 18th cent. especially for those who could not afford their own vehicle. As regular services evolved, they encouraged many inns enroute to become natural stopping points for refreshments - with journeys broken into stages (about 8 miles) - and many eventually provided stabling to enable regular changes of horses. Their demise started in 1840s with the building of the railway network.
(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)