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Photo of Bull

grid reference TM 122 344

opened 15th century

owner Star (Heineken UK)

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bar / diner

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opening hours:

  • Mon: closed (1200-1900 bank holidays)
  • Tue: 0930-1500 (open evening only for quiz nights)
  • Wed-Thu: 0930-1500, 1800-2300
  • Fri: 0900-2300
  • Sat: 1100-2300
  • Sun: 1200-1900

food times:

  • Tue: 1200-1430
  • Wed-Fri: 1200-1430, 1800-2100
  • Sat: 1200-1415, 1800-2100
  • Sun: 1200-1700
  • Breakfast Tue-Fri 0930-1130
(Times last updated 17/07/2018)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, GK IPA, and a Seasonal Guest

listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Brantham is Babergh

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 07/01/2019

Brantham Bull

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

Ipswich Rd, CO11 1PN

01473 328248

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A popular 15th century pub with a long established reputation for food. The garden incorporates a children's play area.

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.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Function room available to hire Function room available to hire

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

children-welcome Family friendly

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 2.7 miles away Railway station about 2.7 miles away (see public transport tab for details)

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

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


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.