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The Rampant Horse, Needham Market - pub details

Address: Coddenham Rd, Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8AU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 18215) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Needham Market (0.1 miles), Stowmarket (3.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.1/10 (rated by 7 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Swan Inn, Needham Market (0.1 miles), Lion, Needham Market (0.1 miles), Limes Hotel, Needham Market (0.3 miles), Three Tuns, Ipswich (0.4 miles), Barking Fox, Needham Market (1.7 miles)

 

user reviews of the Rampant Horse, Needham Market

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As the traveller exits the railway station he is drawn towards to frontage of The Swan, staring at him on the other side of the high street. However, before the traveller reaches those premises, he might notice the Rampant Horse on his left.
As stated below, the establishment is run by the local Calvors Brewery.
I dived in before a Needham Market v. Burgess Hill Town football match last Saturday. The dozen Burgess Hill fans on my train dived in as well, making things cosy on a moderately busy afternoon, so I ordered a pint of Smooth Hoperator for a reasonable three quid and adjourned to the beer garden. This has a some cover, in what seems the remains of an old barn, and has some furniture in pleasingly rustic state of decay, though it also has more modern seats & tables for those in posh strides and frocks.
The Smooth Hoperator was, in the words of the Hitch-hikers' Guide, "mostly harmless" - not much of a hoppy taste; not much of a flavour of anything in particular - but a refreshing enough pale ale. I nipped over the road to The Swan after one pint, solely because it's more spacious inside and wasn't accommodating a dozen football fans.
The bog was impressively clean. Nowt to do with the beer, but I felt the need to "sneak a cheek" after a rumbling gut and wasn't confident I could do so in earnest without following through. The bar area was a mite cramped and was over-lit for an old pub but the food I saw looked good.
MarlingSnallard - 21 Aug 2016 15:41
A quick pint in here around 6 weeks ago after a football game at Needham Market FC and before heading off to the station.

A decent looking pub that makes it into the 2016 Camra GBG and as mentioned below is owned & managed by the Calvors micro brewery.

3 ales on the hand pumps, I choose a pint of Colchester Breweries AK Ale @ 3.7%, having not much time to drink it I necked it and what I remember it was decent.

Pretty busy with locals & football fans, the pub has a nice feel to it. One that I aim to spend more time in next season when I return for a game at Needham Market FC.
lezford - 2 Jun 2016 13:58
Re-opened (after a short hiatus), this pub is now owned and run by the Calvors micro brewery, which is situated just a couple of miles away, and which brews real lagers. t only re-opened on Saturday 31st March, so my visit on Sunday 1st was to a pub that is still not settled into its identity fully, but which was nevertheless, very welcoming and friendly. Beers on offer were the four Calvors lagers (3point8, Premium, Amber, Dark), Woodforde's Wherry (very good), Crouch Vale Yakima (a new one for me, but excellent), Sgarpe's Doom Bar (not tried), and Apalls Dry Cider (again, made only a few miles away). A small menu consisting mostly of locally-sourced produce is available (Sunday's offering was locally-produced roast pork or roast beef, with a vegetarian Tarte Tatin. Close to the railway station, so accessible without a need of a car, and only a short detour from the Gipping Valley river path. Also close to Needham Lake amenity site. Service was knowledgeable and friendly (by the Calvors head brewer on my visit). Strongly recommended!
micks356 - 2 Apr 2012 10:31
Over the last year I havevisited a different suffolk pub every friday. this is the worst yet
johnhenry - 5 May 2009 18:03
Nice little pub just off the high street, conveniently close to the railway station. 1 real ale - the lovely Flowers IPA - available along with the usual choices. Warning: the dishes on the "snack menu" (sic) are huge (and enjoyable)!!

6/10.
Darren_in_the_City - 11 Jul 2005 11:01

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