Category Archives: Suffolk

The Old Canon Brewery

Bury St Edmunds:

We’d been recommended this as one of the very few non-Green King pubs in town. It was a few minutes walk north of the centre, in a quiet residential street, and we were expecting to like it a lot: something other than GK beer, microbrewery on site.

In the event, it didn’t hit the spot: staff were friendly enough, but the microbrewery seemed like a gimmick, with the bright, chromed vessels in the bar area seeming like mere decoration, and a lot of tables reserved for food. The bar snacks were a bit hipstery too. The beer we had was in fine condition, but didn’t inspire, but we may have chosen badly- but the lack of any notes explaining on the pump clips made choosing more difficult.

The Rose & Crown

Bury St Edmunds:

Lovely edge-of-town pub. Very traditional inside and out. Greene King again, but some guest beer (Landlord, which was great), and really friendly staff and customers. If i found myself moving to Bury St Edmunds, this would be my local. Food only at lunchtimes, it seems- this place is primarily a community drinking pub with lots of community activities centred on it.

The Nutshell

Bury St Edmunds:

Once officially recognised as Britain’s smallest pub, and still claiming so, this is seriously small pub, at 15ft x 7ft, but doesn’t seem to be actually the smallest now.

It was, however, ….cozy. We went in mid-afternoon, reasoning it might be quieter, and managed to get a seat, just, but it seems people rotate between outside and drinking (sadly, local laws don’t allow drinking outside). Needless to say, no food, as there’s only one table. There’s one toilet, up a very steep set of stairs. Beer is Greene King, but well kept Greene King. Staff and locals very friendly. The Pubcat, though, looked a bit skinny and didn’t want attention.

The Dog & Partridge

Bury St Edmunds:

This was the first pub we found walking into town from our hotel, and we needed lunch, having been up early that morning. Outside looks traditional, inside is a modern Greene King (who else, that close to the brewery?) pubco makeover, so stripped boards and green paint.

I was ready to not be keen, because there was a bit of a hipster air about the place too, so that coupled with decor and GK beer wasn’t encouraging, but in the event it was fine: the sandwiches were nice, there was guest beer, the music wasn’t too loud and the staff were really pleasant. We visited again that evening, and the food wasn’t bad then, and the music wasn’t deafening, so overall, pretty good. There’s romms here too, and they seemed to be in a seperate building to the pub.