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Melton Horse & Groom

Melton Horse & Groom

also traded as Saracen's Head

closed December 2009

Yarmouth Rd, IP12 1QB

grid reference TM 283 506

Now residential and called Thomas Churchyard House, this was a coaching inn in middle of the village.

The building dates from the 18th century, with a 19th century façade.

Years of neglect saw both the kitchen and the letting rooms fall below standard. In the pub's last two years a succession of tenants came and went. No purchasers came forward, so the doors closed for the last time in December 2009.

Curiously, the OS map from about 1904 seems to point at the building to the right of the one known to have been the pub; could the license have moved at some point?

The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1904. interactive map

old OS map





Historical interest

Historical interest




(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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

(***** historic newspaper information from John Martin)

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