Photo of Gladstone Arms

grid reference TM 050 577

opened about 1855

owner Independant

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(Times last updated 03/11/2014)

regular real ales

There are no regular beers.

guest beers

There are up to 14 beers available at any one time and all are served either via handpulls or gravity from behind the bar.

WiFi information

Ask at the bar for the key.

Combs Ford is part of the Stowmarket parish

Local licensing authority for Combs Ford is Mid Suffolk

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/01/2020

Combs Ford Gladstone Arms

previously known as: Bold Buccleuch

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

2 Combs Rd, IP14 2AP

01449 771608

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A large, open plan, single bar pub serving consistently good beer. It's situated just over half a mile from the centre of nearby Stowmarket. For fine weather drinking, the beer garden is located beside a small stream.

It is a sister pub to the Dove Street Inn in Ipswich and loyalty card holders from the Dove Street Inn may use them here.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity

Real draught cider available Real draught cider available

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 0.8 mile away Railway station about 0.8 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

free WiFi Free WiFi

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

Smoking area Smoking area

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

(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)


Walter Scott of Buccleuch was a Scottish nobleman and famous border reiver, who led a raid against Carlisle castle on 13 April 1596 to release Kinmont Willie Armstrong who was imprisoned there. Walter Scott was later tried and imprisoned before being sent to London, and was even presented to Queen Elizabeth I. Bold Buccleuch was also once a popular name for boats and also a steamer that traded from Hull to Yarmouth in mid 1800s.

William Ewart Gladstone (29 Dec1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British Liberal Party statesman and four times Prime Minister of the UK (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886, 1892–94). He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer and a champion of the Home Rule Bill which would have established self-government in Ireland. Also famous for an intense rivalry with the Conservative Party Leader Benjamin Disraeli. The rivalry was not only political, but also personal. When Disraeli died, Gladstone proposed a state funeral, but Disraeli's will asked for him to be buried next to his wife, to which Gladstone replied, "As Disraeli lived, so he died — all display, without reality or genuineness."

Gladstone was famously at odds with Queen Victoria for much of his career. She once complained, "He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting."