The Nutshell

“Officially the smallest pub in Britain” - AA Inspector



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Measuring just 15ft by 7ft, this unique pub has been confirmed as Britain's smallest by Guinness World Records; and somehow more than 100 people and a dog managed to fit inside in the 1980s. It has certainly become a tourist attraction and there’s lots to talk about while you enjoy a drink – a mummified cat and the bar ceiling which is covered with paper money. There have been regular sightings of ghosts around the building, including a nun and a monk who apparently weren't praying! No food is available, though the pub jokes about its dining area for parties of two or fewer.

The Nutshell
17 The Traverse,BURY ST EDMUNDS,IP33 1BJ
Phone : 01284 764867


  • Free Wifi
  • Coach parties accepted
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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