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opened 1732 or earlier

last owner Adnams

Butley Oyster Inn

Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ

grid reference TM 368 509

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Local licensing authority for Butley is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 14/04/2016

Traditional rural pub with lots of character. Lots of local photos & articles adorn the walls. An established menu offering home cooked food and regular folk sessions on Wed eves.

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.

Closed in Dec 2012. Activity has been observed (July 2013) in the building; whether this is working towards reopening or something else, we don't yet know.

A planning application to reconfigure the pub to provide holiay let accommodation and a working public house has been lodged. No timescale for reopening is known.

Update: it appears that the plans mentioned above may have fallen through as the pub is now on the market again to let, free of tie.

(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.