Combs Ford Magpie
Combs Ford Magpie
Real Ale is sold here.
1 Combs Ford, IP14 2AP
grid reference TM 050 577
opened before 1619
A large Free House, serving at least 6 real ales, with four guest beers generally available.
It offers a variety of drinking areas including two main bars and a garden, and has an interesting range of food in the restaurant.
There's a full traditional Carvery every Sunday (with 3 meats carved for you and you can help yourself to fresh vegetables). Booking is always advisable to secure a table.
There's live entertainment most Fridays, from bands to karaoke, all semi professionals, including Jazz, Soul, Motown, Reggae, rock, etc with the occasional Sunday afternoon Jazz, and Friday/Saturday music.
The building dates from the early 17th century, with late 20th century alterations.
There's an annual gin festival, with over 240 different types available.
Since May 1st 2014, the pub has offered a discount to CAMRA members. Please show your current membership card when ordering.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area: New beer garden
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- CAMRA members' discount scheme: On production of a current membership card
- Cash machine
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music: Most Friday nights
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks): Sun only Carvery noon-3pm
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available
Railway station about 0.8 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
The pub was called the Pye (or Pie) before 1726. It may be listed at Ford.
APetty session for Hundred of Stow, for the hiring and retaining of servants to be held at Mag Pye in Combs on last Tue in September by order of Chief constables… Dinner at 2 o clock by their humble servant Thomas Kimball... Also annual show of horned cattle with Dinner at 2 o clock by their humble servant Thomas KimballIpswich Journal, 20 Sep 1794
A Petty Sessions for the Hundred of Stow will be held at the Magpye, Combs, on the 8th October 1805, by order of the Chief Constables. Dinner is at two o’clock, by their humble servant, Thomas Kemball.Ipswich Journal, Oct 1805**
It was owned by John Cobbold from 1805.…
The name may refer to an ancient meaning for the word magpie, "a half pint".
(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)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)