Hello and welcome to the Boxford Fleece Hotel Website.
As you may be aware, the current landlords Jared & Clare are leaving at the end of January.
Everyone knows what a fantastic place the Fleece is for wonderful food, interesting local and national real ale, cider, fine wines, as well as regular live music. It is the new manager's ambition to continue the good work and achievements made by Jared and Clare. They are looking forward to taking over the reigns of such a brilliant community asset and excited to meet the people of Boxford and beyond that make the fleece what it is.
For the remainder of January - please take note of the following opening times (below) and that no food will be available. If you wish to get stuck into some quality food in the area then why not try out our sister pub just 2 miles up the road... The Edwardstone White Horse. (Click to see website). Tel. 01787 211211.
Recently they featured in the BBC2 and BBC4 productions of ‘Sea Songs’ and on Channel 4's 'Sunday Brunch'. Kimber's Men are one of the finest purveyor's of sea songs and shanties in the world.
Expect to laugh, sing and be thoroughly entertained.
Mon - Thur....12-3
Fri - Sat...........12-12
Current mix = x4 from our own Mill Green Brewery. Plus two ever-changing guest ales.
*Keep your eyes open for 'Golden Fleece' a light, hoppy and quaffable beer. Brewed for this pub and named after this pub. Well worth a try at a very modest 4%.
Due to the imminent change in hands here at the fleece, there will be no food available in January.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you eat here in February!
Weekly Quiz Night - Sundays
No charge, No prize.
Arrive 8:30pm - quiz starts 9pm or there abouts.
Some of the great events, offers and opportunities here at the Fleece
Our Medieval function room is open!
The Fleece's 'Guild Room' is open! Perfect for eating, large groups, parties, live music and wedding receptions....
We are located at the centre of Boxford, an extremely attractive ancient wool village.
The image 'right' is the Guild Room hosting multi award winning folk musician Jackie Oates! Why not call for a viewing. 01787 211183
Beers on this Month
Just up the road in Edwardstone is our very own award winning ec0 brewery 'Mill Green Brewery'. It is located at our sister pub The Edwardstone White Horse, both ourselves and the White horse always have a selection available. We usually have a guest beer available too.
Please note: not all these beers will be available all of the time,
usually there is about 4 or 5.
Mill Green - White Horse Bitter 3.6%
Classic copper coloured bitter. English malt and hops,
simple and refreshing beer.
Mill Green – Green Goose 4%
An American style Brown Ale. Sweet but hoppy, brown but refreshing, making this one of our most popular all year round.
The brewers favourite beer.
Mill Green - Mawkin Mild 2.9%
A real Suffolk mild. SIBA awarded for best mild in the east in 2009. Has remarkable flavour, depth & long after-taste.
Incredibly it's only 2.9%!
Mill Green -Golden Fleece 4%
A new golden ale brewed for the Fleece using German hops & English malt to create a highly quaffable golden beer.
Mill Green- Marynka 4%
Marynka is a really smooth tasting pale ale with grassy/ earthy notes and a floral aroma.
Mill Green - Boxford Best 4.3%
A new beer, but a very traditional one. Brown in colour with toffee and caramel sweetness followed by an earthy bitter finish.
100% British barley and hops!
Tornado Smith Scoops Top Award
Wednesday 5 October 2011 - Suffolk Free Press
A BREWERY has won a regional award for a beer named after a local hero.
Mill Green Brewery in Edwardstone was presented with a silver award for Best Bitter in the Eastern region in a competition held by SIBA, the Society of Independant Brewers.
The beer is named after George “Tornado” Smith, who entertained crowds in the 1930s by performing the gravity-defying wall of death stunt in Boxford – firstly with his wife “Dynamite” Doris Craven and latterly a 12-stone lioness called Briton, who rode in the sidecar.
Brewer Tom Norton said: “It was great to get the award as it is judged by fellow brewers, publicans, experts and beer writers.
“We started brewing the beer in July, so it has not been running long."
“It has an interesting flavour as we use our own malt from down the road in Chelsworth but the hops are from New Zealand – they have a similar flavour to a New Zealand white wine so it is very fruity."
“And Tornado Smith was a bit of a local legend.”
The awards took place at Elgoods Brewery in Wisbech, where 185 beers in 12 categories were scrutinised by 55 judges.
Mr Norton said: “Unfortunately I couldn’t attend as I was too busy brewing beer.”
Pub To Be Restored To Former Glory Winter 2011
Earlier this year the Fleece in Boxford was closed and put on the market by pub company ‘Punch’. In May local business man John Norton bought the pub with the aim of reopening it as a village pub at the heart of the community.
The Fleece was once famous for its regular Jazz, hosting the likes of Jamie Cullum. It was also a bustling local with a busy public bar and a place for villages to enjoy a chat over a pint. When John bought the pub it had become a sad sight; the windows and doors were boarded up, the out-buildings full of rubbish, leaking pipes, damp floorboards and freezers full of rotten food.
John who also owns the White Horse in Edwardstone and Mill Green Brewery, and makes his own Cider has exciting plans for the pub. "With local pubs under threat from low cost Supermarket booze the pub needs to adapt" explained John shortly after getting his hands on the keys. "Not only do we want to create a pub that reflects it’s age and historic place in this beautiful medieval village, but we want it to support and cater for the needs of the local community." As renovation work goes on the search for period furniture from local auctions has been frantic. "We want the pub to feel classy but comfortable, using a mixture of appropriate furniture, making each room different, this will help us avoid the trap of becoming very monotone and boring". John believes that the pubs need to stop competing with the supermarkets. "We have a beautiful building here and our plans are to make the interior of the pub special. To complement this we want to sell produce produced locally as much as possible. Pubs are at the heart of our community but in so many cases the drinks they sell are imported and expensive, made buy multinationals with low production and high advertising costs. For a long time Supermarkets have been selling Lager brewed with the cheapest ingredients, Cider not made out of apples, tasteless spirits and Alco-pops at below cost price." John believes that pubs should not be trying to compete with them but should use local products that reflect the area they come from. ‘We make our own Beer with our own Suffolk Barley and Cider with Organic Suffolk apples. "We have Ale, Lager, Spirits and Wines all made in Suffolk and they are all great!"
John's other pub, the White Horse in Edwardstone, has won the Creating the Greenest Country Award for ‘Greenest Pub’. And Mill Green Brewery 'The Greenest Business Building' and 'Greenest Small Business'. Pubs can’t just be pubs any more, at the White Horse there are camping facilities, holiday accommodation, a wind turbine, solar panels and a brewery. The Fleece has a fantastic function room that needs to be used and a row of ancient stables not used since the last horse walked out in 1918, I'm sure with sensitivity they could be converted for a use which would benefit the local economy and help give the pub a secure future’.