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grid reference TL 852 642

opened 1873

owner Greene King

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listed building grade II

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last updated 21/01/2020

Bury St Edmunds Nutshell

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

17 The Traverse, IP33 1BJ

01284 764867

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One of the claimants to the title "England's smallest pub", with an interior measuring only 15 by 7 feet and it is listed by the Guinness Book of Records. The main drinking area is crowded if more than 6 people are in the bar at any time. The record for the number of people crammed into the pub is said to be 102 (plus a dog called Blob).

Reputedly this was just a small house next to a pawnbroker's, but the pawnbroker noticed that a lot of his customers were alcoholics pawning their property to buy booze, so he saw a business opportunity in opening a pub next door.

It contains various curios including a mummified cat and old halberd. There is a function room upstairs.

The building dates from the mid-19th century.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Function room available to hire Function room available to hire

station 0.7 mile away Railway station about 0.7 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)


In March 1984 101 people plus a dog managed to cram into this tiny bar - it was reported that "the breed of dog was slightly uncertain before the event and a total mystery afterwards".