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Kings Arms (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 7%Excellent1
Dow Bridge - CenturionExcellent1
Grey Trees - Drummer Boy BitterExcellent1
Shalford - Levelly GoldGood1
Wild Weather - Black NightGood1
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Green Tye - Hadham GoldNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Hound DogNot Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Dark DrakeNot Tried0
Bartrams - New Year DazeNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0

Visits Details

18 May 2017 (ChrisE)
Late morning visit with a few locals at the bar. A nice traditional pub.
Grey Trees - Drummer Boy Bitter4.20Excellent
Wild Weather - Black Night3.90GoodVery tasty for a low gravity beer.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
11 Jan 2014 (HSB)
17:30 An opportunity for a quick pint so I took it. Always a good bet for interesting beers and it did not disappoint.
Shalford - Levelly Gold4.00Good
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Dark Drake4.50Not Tried
Bartrams - New Year Daze5.20Not Tried
25 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening last stop. I had seen the Woodforde's sold here sign by the door when first passing but could not remember a pub being here on previous visits so walked by. Upon my return could hardly get in the door and very pleased to find such a friendly venue and excellent range of beers.
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 7%7.00ExcellentIf only Cottage stuck to this instead of their ever new named range of mid rangers. What Cottage originally became famous for
Dow Bridge - Centurion4.00ExcellentPumpclip gave no hint as to whether dark or light - it was dark
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not TriedThe pub's regular and staple diet
Green Tye - Hadham Gold4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Hound Dog4.20Not Tried

About the Kings Arms

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1RQ.

Located virtually in the railway station yard so handy first or last stop when visiting the town. Opened soon after an earlier pub of same name closed in Ipswich Street. Closed May 6th, 1958. Re-opened at the beginning of December 2009 after 51 year closure. The pub now has five handpumps on an arced wooden bar and beers are mainly from East Anglia, though some are sourced from other regions. The name by which the Kings Arms came to be unofficially known was “The Two Sisters” derived from Mabel Harriett Southgate and Jessie Hilda Taylor nee Beaumont who ran the place in the first half of 20th century.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 12 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: IP14 1RQ