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The Butt and Oyster, Chelmondiston - pub details

Butt and Oyster
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Address: Pinmill, Chelmondiston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 18251) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Derby Road - Ipswich (4.1 miles), Harwich International (4.2 miles), Manningtree (4.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 28 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Red Lion, Chelmondiston (0.6 miles), Ship Inn, Levington (1.8 miles)

user reviews of the Butt and Oyster, Chelmondiston

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Beautiful location but be prepared to be pay for it !!!!!! Over £2 for a small coke, beer low abv 3.75 and then upwards. On our experience avoid the sandwiches.huge slabs of bRead with little or no filling. Rip off Britain at pAly here.
samuk - 29 Mar 2015 14:07
I hadn't been to the butt for nearly 10 years and noted that it had undergone a refurbishment. The old restaurant is now split level and looks a bit like a theme pub with naff ornaments everywhere. Thank goodness the bar hasn't been altered. This pub didn't need alteration it was perfection already.

Food and beer still excellent, staff friendly. A nostalgic revisit indeed.

A lovely pub - the best in England (Probably)
foxmulder - 14 May 2010 15:49
I visited the Butt and Oyster about three weeks ago for Sunday lunch. We sat in the bar and had a lovely time - very relaxed and informal, easy going and comfortable - and what a view! My roast lamb was excellent, with very tasty vegetables too. Adnams Broadside was marvellous.

I've been there a couple of times in the last 18 months or so, and have been very happy. The restaurant 'bit' is perhaps a little more stuffy, but still pleasant, and I've never encountered the staff or food problems others have. Yes, it does get busy, and it's worth bearing this in mind, but is it any wonder with a location like this? It's true there was something of a 'golden age' around the early 90s (owing as much to the locals as the management - God bless ya Pete!), and maybe it did suffer more recently, but I wasn't there, so...

Just one general point: I shouldn't need to consider how difficult it is to run a pub (or any other business) before I'm somehow 'qualified' to comment on its quality. If it's well run, any thought of how hard it must all be will become redundant. Yes it's tough, but as a landlord mate (of a *very* busy Bristol pub) once said to me, "no-one forced me to get a pub!".
ferners - 25 Mar 2010 12:39
My first visit recently. Original choice was Freston Boot but evening meals were not available after 8.30 so moved on the Butt & Oyster. The waiter (Landlord, Manager?) who took our order came from the Basil Fawlty Charm School but I think that was a bit tongue in cheek. The meals were superb. Only snag is the access road-very narrow and parking space is hard to find.
motorcyclist - 24 Sep 2009 20:04
This is one of those pubs that if I'm in the area, I will always make sure I visit. Even out of season this place can get very busy. Grab a table early and you wont be disappointed by the food or the beer served here.

They usually have a wide selection of local ales available, Wherry etc. Just being snapped up by Adnams, so the range is likely to change. Still no bad thing in my opinion!
broadsidejim - 10 Mar 2009 21:04

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