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last updated 31/12/2019

Butley Oyster Inn

historical closure era: 21st century

opened 1617 or earlier

last owner Free house

Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ

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A traditional rural pub with lots of character.

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. The new owners in 2016 have found documents showing that a license payment was made to James I back in 1617!

Butley Brewhouse started brewing at the pub at the beginning of 2018.

The pub reopened mid-March 2017 after four years closed. They also have an on-site shop, which is open during pub hours. Now offering all beers on gravity.

There's even an on-site cinema!

It was reported in mid May that the pub had closed again. Apparently negotiations for a community takeover are underway.

(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.