Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. 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 difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Pin Mill Butt & Oyster
Pin Mill Butt & Oyster
Extra services available here during the Covid-19 lockdown:
Opening hours for orders are 11-8 Wed-Fri And 10-8 Saturday and Sunday.
See the website to view our menu Unfortunately due to government regulations, customers are not allowed to consume food or drink on the premises, access only being allowed for ordering and collection. Please be aware there are no toilet facilities. . Cash or card for payment is fine. Please be respectful of social distancing guidelines, and we kindly ask you take your rubbish with you or use the bins provided should you plan to eat and drink in or around Pin Mill.
Real Ale is sold here.
Pin Mill Rd, IP9 1JW
grid reference TM 206 379
A traditional pub in a tiny hamlet on the bank of River Orwell, with three separate rooms and a connecting corridor with flag-stoned floors (in part). This famous pub retains some high backed settles and a large open fire in main bar area making it very cosy on cold winter days.
The pub has a toilet for disabled customers.
It was first recorded as public house in 1553, though it may be older. (The Listed Buildings Register says the building's 17th century so presumably there was an earlier building?)
Often very busy in Summer and at weekends, it has long been renowned for a traditional food menu with a number of fish dishes.
The pub has featured in films and once in TV's Lovejoy (as 'The Three Ducks'!)
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served direct from the barrel by gravity
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Cask Marque accredited
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available
- WiFi available: Free access
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
large number of friends and relatives were at Chelmondiston church to witness the funeral of Henry A Curtis only son of Mr Curtis the landlord of the Butt and Oyster, Pin Mill.Ipswich Journal, November 10th 1894** (when Mr H Curtis was the landlord)
The building dates from 17th century and was extended in the 19th & early 20th centuries. Its little-altered interior is as a result of being run by the Watts family from 1933 to 1988. The red tiled public bar with its two high backed settles is especially attractive and has great views of the river from its bay window…
A butt was a large wine cask. Oysters could often be packed in wooden casks for transportation and were extensively harvested along the river Orwell in bygone times.
(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 book information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)