Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Real Ale is sold here.
Thorney Green, IP14 4AG
grid reference TM 066 599
opened 1969 Feb
A modern pub overlooking the village green, which replaced an earlier building in 1969. Food includes home cooked Sunday Roasts and Daily Specials. There are bed & breakfast rooms.
The pub has a toilet accessible to disabled customers.
There's occasional live music. Regular Quiz nights are held on the last Monday of each month and on Tuesdays they have Bingo and Poker nights.
There's a children's play area and large Garden.
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Accommodation available
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
Railway station about 1.4 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The original pub building is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Originally only a beerhouse, the Retreat didn't get its full license until March 2nd 1960.
John MILLER, Beer house Keeper, of Stowupland, was summoned for breaking the lock to a door.Ipswich Journal, June 29th 1861**
At the auction of the Stowmarket Brewery, in October 1865, nine properties belonging to the brewery were sold in separate Lots. Lot 9, the Retreat, Stowupland, with 2 tenements, was knocked down, at £240, to Messrs. Phillips Brothers.Ipswich Journal, October 1865**
Today's pub is built close to the same site of the original pub. The "Old" Retreat was about 300 years old when it was closed and subsequently demolished from Feb 1969…
(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)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)