The Oyster Inn at Butley has been welcoming locals and visitors to the Suffolk coast for over 400 years.
There is a huge amount of affection and nostalgia surrounding this pub. Along with The Ship at Blaxhall and The Crown at Snape, the Butley Oyster’s folk nights were legendary and much has been written about the years of singing nights and packed-out folk nights. Sound recordings are in the British Library, capturing this special corner of English folk history.
Much earlier tales tell of smugglers using the pub’s cellars for their estuary contraband, and the Butley ferrymen always used the pub as their “office” to keep the logbook safe and dry. Vera Noble’s 60 year tenure as an Adnams landlady is a source of many wonderful anecdotes, from throwing young lads out on a Sunday for “playing cards on the Lord’s Day” to letting everyone serve themselves if her favourite soap opera was on.
(photo credit: East Anglian Daily Times)