Butley Oyster Inntemporarily closed
Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ
grid reference TM 368 509
opened 1617 or earlier
bar / diner
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Local licensing authority for Butley is Suffolk Coastal
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 20/01/2017
A traditional rural pub with lots of character. Lots of local photos & articles adorn the walls.
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!
Closed in December 2012. After four years, it was announced in June 2016 that the pub has finally been bought and the new owners intend to renovate and reopen it; they hope to be ready by the spring of 2017. The EADT reports that it's on-track to reopen at easter. They also have plans for an on-site shop and a microbrewery.
(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.