Brantham Bull

Brantham Bull

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.

Beer takeaway Fri & Sat 1730-2000, Sun: 1200-1500. Bring your own container.

The pub has reopened. Booking ('phone only) recommended.

Current opening hours:

Mon: closed

Tue-Wed: 1000-1500

Thu: 1000-1500, 1800-2300

Fri: 1000-1500, 1730-2300

Sat: 1100-2300

Sun: 0930-1900

Food times -

Tue-Wed: 1200-1430

Thu-Sat: 1200-1430, 1800-2100

Sun: 0930-1100, 1200-1700

Real Ale is sold here.

Ipswich Rd, CO11 1PN

grid reference TM 122 344

bar / diner, opened 15th century

owner/operator: Star (Heineken UK)

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(01473) 328248

(01473) 328248

A popular 15th century pub with a long established reputation for food.

The historic part of the building has wooden floors, an exposed timber frame and leaded windows. The garden incorporates a children's play area. Much of the pub is now used for dining during busy sessions. Themed food nights include popular steak nights. Quiz nights are held every second Tuesday of the month.

There are a number of rumours about the history of the pub. It's said that some of its beams are timbers from ships that were part of the Spanish Armada. It's also rumoured that there was a smugglers' tunnel from the cellar to the foreshore.

Breakfast: Tue-Fri 0930-1130






Historical interest

Historical interest





Name may be a sympathetic reference to a Papal bull - a lead seal attached to official religious edicts or documents - or a reference to Henry VIII who introduced a bulls head into his coat-of-arms after he defied a papal bull in 1538. Bull baiting was also quite widespread until it was banned in 1835.

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