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Butley Oyster

Butley Oyster

Due to the latest government regulations, pubs currently have to close by 10pm. Opening hours displayed on this page may not take account of this change.

Shop on the premises has reopened to help the community through the crisis. The pub is also starting to do takeaway services for residents and is working with the Teapot Project in Woodbridge to offer school dinners all the way up to Ipswich.

Currently closed - may reopen?

Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ

grid reference TM 368 509

bar / diner, opened 1617 or earlier

(01394) 459722

(01394) 459722

Now fully refurbished. Traditional rural pub with lots of character. Lots of local photos & articles adorn the walls. An established menu offering home cooked food & regular folk sessions on Wednesday evenings.

In April 2020 it was reported that the pub is reopening, though at present only the shop is operating, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A further report in July told us that reopening had been deferred and it may be another six months before it reopens as a pub. The shop continues to operate as a lifeline for the villagers.

Apparently negotiations for a community takeover are underway.

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…

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Facilities

Facilities

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

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.

(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)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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