Bury St Edmunds Nutshell
17 The Traverse, IP33 1BJ
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Bury St Edmunds is St Edmundsbury
CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 22/05/2016
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 0.70 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".