Shottisham Sorrel Horse
Shottisham Sorrel Horse
Real Ale is sold here.
Hollesley Rd, IP12 3HD
grid reference TM 320 446
opened 16th century
owner/operator: The Sorrel Horse Shottisham Limited
This picturesque thatched, two bar pub is worth seeking out. The dispense of beer is still by gravity direct from the cask. Bar billiards can be played. Accompanied dogs and horse riders are welcome (there is a paddock for the latter nearby). There's a folk Night on alternate Wednesdays and the quiz nights are popular.
Shottisham villagers raised funds to buy the pub by selling shares in the pub in 2011 & 2012.
Traditional food, mostly home made including vegetarian options is available. But behave yourself, otherwise you may find yourself in the pillory that's situated in the garden.
They now hold music nights on the second Monday of the month with a guest folk performer or group, and occasionally on the fourth Monday with an act from another genre, such as jazz, blues, etc.
Our roving photographer reckons the Sorrel Horse is the prettiest pub in Suffolk.
The building dates from the 16th or 17th century.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Camping or caravan site nearby: (close to the pub)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music: Music nights on 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available: free. ask at bar for details
Railway station about 4.7 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A Petty Sessions for part of the Hundred of Wilford will be held at the Sorrel Horse, Shottisham, on 3rd October 1805, where the company of gentlemen will be esteemed a favour, by their humble servant, George Suggate. Stall-stuff as usual; dinner at two o’clock.Ipswich Journal, Sep 1805**
The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Sorrel Horse's license was issued in 1863. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.
(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)