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Necessary stop!

This place has consistently held its standard over the years. As “Britain’s smallest pub,” it could... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Pub #2 after a brewery tour...

Finishing the nearby Greene King Brewery tour, we first of all visited the Dog and partridge then... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mark R
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17 The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1BJ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has consistently held its standard over the years. As “Britain’s smallest pub,” it could obnoxiously capitalize on that but it doesn’t. It has stayed true to its roots. With global currency plastered all over the walls, its walls speak about the visitors from...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finishing the nearby Greene King Brewery tour, we first of all visited the Dog and partridge then continued onto the Nutshell. Its Quirky and interesting; the walls and ceiling covered in tourists paper money and partnered with mummified animals....(for those that aren't aware, unfortunate cats...More

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst on a coach trip staying in Ipswich, we had a day out in Bury. We arrived early and wandered off to find my husband's old Primary School - still there, after nearly 60 years since he left. Our next stop was the Nutshell -...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed August 5, 2018

Passing The Nutshell on a scorchingly hot day we thought that a refreshing cold drink would be a good idea. Being reputedly the smallest pub in Britain, and with no outside seating area, there being half a dozen people already squashed inside, we had to...More

1  Thank wendyanddavid536
Reviewed July 26, 2018

Ok so it's a must visit for its size as its one of the smallest pubs in Britain. The beers ok too. That's about it really as its dingy with old stuffed cats on display and is very uncomfortable with more than 6 people in...More

Thank paulsymonds
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Very unusual even though it’s tiny there is so much to see, it’s truly a one off and needs to be visited to truly appreciate it. Hard to describe really but definitely worth visiting

Thank Glenn W
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Very small pub....excellent beer....a must visit when in East Anglia. Always an interesting mix of locals, tourists, and regulars from elsewhere who loves he place.

1  Thank Kevin1862
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

You have to go here just to check out the smallest pub. It's full of all sorts of little oddities. Not for a crowd of you.

Thank R9857BIsharong
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for a toddy. Smallest pub in the UK. It was simply charming. The barkeep was charming and entertaining. It is tiny so you may have to circle the block and wait for space to come available.

Thank nursmom33
Reviewed April 24, 2018

My review will probably be as small as the pub. Had to be visited because of what it is. A hot day is not the best time to visit as it's all windows and you cannot take alcohol outside.

Thank Martin D
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