In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
However, a number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Currently closed - may reopen?
opened 1617 or earlier
Woodbridge Rd, IP12 3NZ
grid reference TM 368 509
Reopened on March 19 after a four year closure. 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.
The pub closed again in May 2019; its future is currently up in the air.
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. 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.
There's even an on-site cinema!
A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Dec-26 in 1838 states that the pub was part of the sale of Samuel Alexander's Brewery, the Oyster selling at £820.
The Oyster Inn, Butley to be sold by auction. Mr John THURLOW, the Proprietor & his family have occupied this Inn for the last 25 years and he now only leaves in consequence of having engaged a farm.Ipswich Journal, June 25th 1853***
William Collings of Capel St Andrew, shoemaker, andWilliam Minter of Boyton, labourer were charged by Constable W Cooper of Butley with assault on the 14th April 1860. The constable said that he was at the Oyster, Butley, having been sent for by the landlord Mr Moss at about half past eleven o'clock at night…
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)