formerly Wheeler's Inn, Wheel inn
North West, 52.10322,0.9543
Real Ale is sold here.
Whatfield Rd, IP7 7BS
grid reference TM 024 491
Traditional pub, opened 17th/18th century?
Please mind your head upon entering this delightful, friendly but small rural, thatched pub with very low beams in the main bar. In fact the traditionally tiled floor is actually now much lower (by about a foot) than it once was & is now below ground-level. A more spacious public bar can be noisier & also leads to a games room with pool table & darts. There is always an interesting selection of ever changing ales available & a garden to the rear of the pub offers a nice place to relax on sunny days.
The bus stop is on the main road between Offton and Bildeston.
Opening hours -
Mon, Wed-Sat: "from 1700"
It has been suggested that this pub dates back to the 12th century, however the Listed Buildings Register says it probably dates from the 17th or 18th century.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available: pool and darts
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
Formerly called the Wheelers Arms
William Gordon ROBERTS of Naughton, beer house keeper, was charged with selling beer at half-past 8 in the morning of Sunday 19th July - Adjourned for further evidence.Bury & Norfolk Post & Suffolk Herald, October 1st 1874**
George PRESTON, of the beer house Naughton was found guilty of allowing drunkeness at his house. Fined £2 & 11s 6d costs - Paid & conviction recorded on licence…
Historic picture (1910) in gallery shows a tree stump which has now disappeared as as the large wooden shed. To left end of the building a small, pitched roofed lean-to shed can be seen which was still there in 1975 but has been demolished since - picture supplied by Nancy Gibbon (landlady)
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)