Butley Oyster Inn
Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ
grid reference TM 368 509
bar / diner
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Local licensing authority for Butley is Suffolk Coastal
last updated 01/10/2014
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.
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.
Beer served through handpulls
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Traditional separate public bar
Traditional pub games available
Real coal or log fire
Dogs are welcome
Children are welcome
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Regular live music
Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
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.