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Britain’s Smallest Pub - The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds

Posted on Thursday, 27th July, 2017

Bury St Edmunds is a town full of history, with a huge amount of heritage in its very foundations. However, there are also a few curiosities that anyone not from the town might not have known existed. One of the most curious of these is Britain’s smallest pub, The Nutshell.

If you begin at the town’s famous and historic Angel Hill, overlooked by the grandeur of the Abbey Gate, the Angel Hotel and the magnificence of St Edmundsbury Cathedral itself, head west along Abbey Street.

Make your way along this peaceful, pedestrianised route, taking in the vibrant colours of hanging baskets and the characterful shop fronts of many independent businesses, each one as individual as the next.

Eventually you will reach the Traverse, where, amongst the grand facades of Cupola House and the Corn Exchange, you will find the more humble entrance to The Nutshell. However, what The Nutshell lacks in size, is certainly makes up for in reputation!

At 15ft by 7ft, The Nutshell’s bar is officially recognised by the Guiness Book of Records as the smallest pub in Great Britain. This mighty accolade makes it stand head and shoulders above its neighbours!

It has been serving beer since 1867 when it changed use from a fruiterers to a beerhouse and soon became part of King’s Brewery, subsequently Greene King Breweries.

The pub has become quite a tourist attraction for locals and international visitors alike. Some close neighbours, some from the other side of the world, but all enjoying a selection of the region’s finest ales in the cosy, friendly environment for which The Nutshell has become renowned.

Not only can you soak up the great ales and excellent atmosphere, but you can also take in a weird and wonderful collection of historical items, photos and memorabilia. Items include all kinds of curiosities from a mummified cat and currency notes on the ceiling, to historical photos, military items and a aeroplane propellor on the walls!

Britain’s smallest pub has to be seen to be believed, so if you’re visiting Bury St Edmunds, stop off for a pint and a chat, they’re always happy to see new faces!

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