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The Nutshell

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Address: 17 The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1BJ, England
Phone Number:
+44 1284 764867
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00

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Brilliant little pub, the locals very friendly had a wonderful time here. Had a couple of drinks then went for a walk but returned because it was such a fab place

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant little pub, the locals very friendly had a wonderful time here. Had a couple of drinks then went for a walk but returned because it was such a fab place

Thank crazycatlady2017
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent experience. Small but warm and welcoming. The bartender...Dave was very friendly. The pub was filled with regulars (5 people) which made the atmosphere great. Very friendly. I hope we'll visit here again. Please if you visit here do so with an open mind. So weird and bazar.

Thank NorthernFoodLover
Fermo, Italy
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174 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

I popped in with my son for his first experience of an English pub. What a treat. Tiny, full of English banter, a swear box for anyone mentioning Christmas and excellent Greene King IPA. The mementos on the walls and ceiling, including the 300 year old cat, make this a part of history.

Thank linglese
Thessaloniki, Greece
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The smallest pub in England. I have visit this pub two times at my trips. The staff was perfect we enjoyed a good visit, also from ocal people who visiting everyaday and knows the mood for a pint . u should visit

Thank manos p
Wiesbaden, Germany
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181 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This place is the smallest bar in England, or something crazy like that. We came here with friends who used to live here. And it was fun! Fun to look around and see all of the things they have on the walls and ceiling. They have a bathroom upstairs, and I enjoyed a cider here. This is one of those... More 

Thank KaitlynMiller
Munich, Germany
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161 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

It dines out on being Britain's smallest pub, and it really is small, but also could do with a really good clean. The banknotes fixed everywhere are looking tatty and tacky. Also the selection of red wine was pretty poor.

Thank Simon J
Somerset, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This pub was recommended to us by a friend. We absolutely loved it! The beer was very good and the bar staff were really good fun. Yes it is very cosy inside but on a cold windy October evening it's perfect. In fact we only popped in for 1, stayed for three and then came back for another! If you... More 

Thank masonfamily99
Seaview, Washington
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103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Supposedly the oldest pub in England, one of many I bet...but a very small pub, bop in and have a cold one, squeeze into a little shelf seat and enjoy the atmosphere.

Thank wendell01
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This 'pub is mentioned in the Pitkin Guide to English Pubs, as the smallest 'pub in England, so my wife and I decided to visit it. We were not disappointed. The 'pub is mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records as being the smallest 'pub in England, measuring only 15ft x 7ft. A tiny Victorian pub plastered with memorabilia and... More 

Thank Michael A K
Bolzano, Italy
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

I have mixed feelings about sharing my review with my compatriots, since I don't particularly relish the idea of finding the Nutshell turned into an East-Anglia "Little Italy" next time I go there. However, I feel this quaint, iconic pub deserves a review - and an enthusiastic one at that. The most distinctive feature is its size: the Nutshell is... More 

Thank Lory S

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