Photo of Oyster Inn

grid reference TM 368 509

opened 1617 or earlier

owner Free house

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bar / diner

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opening hours:

  • Sun-Thu: 1100-2300
  • Fri-Sat: 1100-2330

food times:

  • Mon-Thu: 1200-1500, 1800-2100
  • Fri-Sun: 1200-2100
(Times last updated 25/08/2017)
Local licensing authority for Butley is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 09/01/2018

Butley Oyster Inn

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ

01394 459722

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A traditional rural pub with lots of character.

According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, the Oyster was first recorded in 1732, though part of the interior dates back to the 16th century. The new owners in 2016 have found documents showing that a license payment was made to James I back in 1617!

Butley Brewhouse started brewing at the pub at the beginning of 2018.

The pub reopened mid-March 2017 after four years closed. They also have plans for an on-site shop. Now offering all beers on gravity.

There's even an on-site cinema!

Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

live music live music

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Oyster beds in Butley Creek, where oysters were cultivated for centuries, once enjoyed a fine reputation until the trade died out in the late 19th century. Since 1950s the beds have been gradually restored by Richard Pinney, so that today the Butley Orford Oysterage is again an established local industry offering not just oysters but also cod, bass, sole, skate, lobster, crabs and various smoked foods.