Sadly Brettenham has been a dry parish for some years. Situated close to the source of the river Brett, a tributary of the Stour, this small village is believed to be the site of Combretonium, a Roman station which was located to the south west of the modern village.
The Domesday surveyors weren't sure what to call it; the book refers to it variously as "Bretham", "Bretenhama" and "Breham". John Speed's 1610 map shows it as "Bretenham".
St Mary's church has a grand south west tower and visitors enter through the porch beneath the bells.
To replace the closed pub, a "village inn" event is held at the village hall on the first Friday evening of each month and the third Sunday lunchtime. See the village website for details.
Brewers cottage in The Street, has a name suggesting it may once have housed a brewery, though whether this was the case is currently unknown.