grid reference TL 852 642
owner Greene Kingemail us
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Bury St Edmunds is West Suffolk
CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 16/03/2018
Bury St Edmunds Nutshell
Real Ale is available here
17 The Traverse, IP33 1BJ
One of the claimants to the title "England's smallest pub", with an interior measuring only 15 by 7 feet and it is listed by the Guinness Book of Records. The main drinking area is crowded if more than 6 people are in the bar at any time. The record for the number of people crammed into the pub is said to be 102 (plus a dog called Blob).
Reputedly this was just a small house next to a pawnbroker's, but the pawnbroker noticed that a lot of his customers were alcoholics pawning their property to buy booze, so he saw a business opportunity in opening a pub next door.
It contains various curios including a mummified cat and old halberd. There is a function room upstairs.
The building dates from the mid-19th century.
Beer served through handpulls
Separate public bar
Function room available to hire
Railway station about 0.7 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
In March 1984 101 people plus a dog managed to cram into this tiny bar - it was reported that "the breed of dog was slightly uncertain before the event and a total mystery afterwards".