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The Rampant Horse (Needham Market – Ipswich)

Welcome to The Ramp

The Rampant Horse pub in Needham Market has been running under new management with Calvors Brewery since the end of March 2012.

After an extensive refurbishment of the bar, kitchen and beer garden and a whole new friendly team, The Ramp has been given a new lease of life and this has been rewarded by the Great British Pub Awards 2012. We are now proud to be East Anglia’s Best Turnaround Pub and one of the top five Turnaround pubs in the country!

Our aim at The Ramp is to provide a warm, friendly atmosphere with quality hearty home cooked food made using locally sourced ingredients. We are offering the best real ales and lagers from in and around Suffolk and a great menu of freshly ground coffees to top it off. This is one pub you’ll be wanting to come back to again and again!

Our full seasonal menu is available 7 days a week and we also have tasty lunch menu offering baguettes, salads and light bites from just £5.50. Our homely roasts are also available every Sunday too. Make sure you call up to book a table in advance so you don’t miss out!

History of the Rampant Horse

1544 Chequer – 1590 Cross House – 1618 Kings Arms (for a short time) – (unknown) Chequer – 1750 Ram – 1775 White Horse – 1804 Fleece – 1830 Rampant Horse

The Rampant Horse has been a public house since 1544 and thus it can claim to be the oldest pub in Needham Market!

The Rampant Horse was purchased by Calvors Brewery to become a freehouse in February 2012 and since then has undergone an intensive refurbishment within the main bar area and the kitchen to bring the pub up to top quality in order for the new team to run a warm and friendly pub with good food and drink. Read the article about the reopening of The Rampant Horse pub in Needham Market, Suffolk on the East Anglian Daily Times website

The Rampant Horse has since been awarded Best Turnaround Pub for East Anglia by the Great British Pub Awards from August 2012 and is a contender to become the winner of the Best Turnaround Pub for the whole of Great Britain in September 2012.

The Ramp, as it is know to the local people of Needham Market, has never been a large inn and has changed its name many times over the centuries; however, it has been called The Rampant Horse since 1830 and this is how it still stands today. The pub is a timber framed building with an old beamed bar area and rear stables built about 1500 with a plain tile roof. Curiously, it is recorded that the pub was partly demolished in 1849 to allow access to the newly built railway station, which is still in good service.


Monday (1st of the month) 7.30pm

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