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Butley Oyster Inn

temporarily closed

Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ

01394 450790

grid reference TM 368 509

opened 1732 or earlier

owner Adnams

bar / diner

(details under review)

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Local licensing authority for Butley is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 18/10/2016

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. 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 end of the year.

(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.