grid reference TM 122 344
opened 15th century
bar / diner
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- Mon: closed (1200-1900 bank holidays)
- Tue-Fri: 1130-1500, 1800-2300
- Sat: 1130-2300
- Sun: 1200-1100
- Tue-Fri: 1200-2430, 1800-2100
- Sat: 1200-1400, 1800-2100
- Sun: 1200-1700
regular real ales
Adnams Bitter, GK IPA, and a Seasonal Guest
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Brantham is Babergh
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 05/11/2017
Real Ale is available here
Ipswich Rd, CO11 1PN
A popular 15th century pub with a long established reputation for food. The garden incorporates a children's play area.
There are a number of rumours about the history of the pub. It's said that some of its beams are timbers from ships that were part of the Spanish Armada. It's also rumoured that there was a smugglers' tunnel from the cellar to the foreshore.
Beer served through handpulls
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Restaurant or separate dining area
Separate public bar
Function room available to hire
Traditional pub games available
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 2.7 miles away (see public transport tab for details)
Beer garden or other outside drinking area
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Name may be a sympathetic reference to a Papal bull - a lead seal attached to official religious edicts or documents - or a reference to Henry VIII who introduced a bulls head into his coat-of-arms after he defied a papal bull in 1538. Bull baiting was also quite widespread until it was banned in 1835.