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Updates

The pub has reopened.
Current COVID Restricted Outside Opening Hours
Closing hours are approximate
Takeaways will be available during all dining times
Bar opening times
Monday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
4.30pm - 9.00pm
Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd May 12.00pm - 9.00pm
Tuesday 4.30pm - 9.00pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 12.00pm - 9.00pm
Saturday 1.00pm - 9.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Outside dining times
Lunch Dinner
Monday 12.00pm - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd May 12.00pm - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Tuesday 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday Closed Closed
Friday 12.00pm - 2.00pm 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday 4.30pm - 8.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm - 3.00pm

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Huntsman & Hounds

(formerly Hare & Hounds, Chequers)

Stone St
Spexhall
IP19 0RN

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Opening Times

Monday11.30 am - 2.30 pm
5.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.30 am - 2.30 pm
5.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.30 am - 2.30 pm
5.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.30 am - 2.30 pm
5.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 9.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 2, 6 - 9 Mon - Sat
12 - 2.30, 5 - 8 Sun

About the Pub

This 500 year old half timbered pub offers good cuisine in the spacious interior. Sometimes still referred to as the Chequers (see historical info tab for more information).

Historic Interest

The licensing records show the pub as the "Hare & Hounds" from the 1870s until the 1960s. The change of name is recorded in the 1960-1967 records, but they don't say exactly when this happened. It seems as if the "Huntsman & Hounds" name may originally have been an unofficial name for the pub, as the licensing records show that the license of the "Huntsman & Hounds" was transferred to the executors of Maria Reynolds on December 10th 1878. But the 1879 licensing records again show it as the "Hare & Hounds". Various historic records also show a pub called the Chequers located in Spexhall. However, when checking the licensing records we find that the landlords named for the Chequers match the licensee for the Hare & Hounds (as the Huntsman & Hounds was then called) in virtually** every detail, so it seems reasonable to assume that the so-called "Chequers" was actually the same pub. This has been confirmed by a local resident who called in to a programme on BBC Radio Suffolk to say that the Chequers had been a short-lived name for the pub. According to Alfred Hedges' book, "Inns & Inn Signs of Norfolk & Suffolk", “The Chequers is undoubtedly a popular & ancient sign & it is a well-known inn at Spexhall. The casual visitor, however, will seek in vain for the familiar sign of the black & white squared chessboard. When he asks the way of a native he may well be surprised to be directed to the Huntsman & Hounds. He could be forgiven for thinking that the sign had been changed recently, yet oddly enough, the Inn has never been known officially as the Chequers. Locally, however, it is invariably called the Chequers, for in days gone by the inn was a customs checking point on the road between Halesworth* & Bungay. Old habits die young in Suffolk”. *The book actually says Harleston, but this is obviously an error. **In 1891-92 Whites Directory both pub names are listed with different landlords? Possibly the directory editors got confused by the changing name. Photographs of this pub and more historical information about it can be found at suffolkcamra.co.uk/pubs/pub/873

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Adnams Southwold Bitter
  • Wolf --varies--
  • Woodforde's --varies--

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Huntsman & Hounds, Spexhall

Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • Parking Parking
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Huntsman & Hounds

Stone St
Spexhall
IP19 0RN

Sat Nav Reference

52.389864, 1.499822

OS Reference

TM382826

Transport

  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

90, 88

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