The Nutshell

The Nutshell is a pub in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, claiming to be the smallest pub in Britain, although this claim is challenged by several others, including the Smiths Arms at Godmanstone (now closed) and the Lakeside Inn in Southport.[1] However those two establishments while having smaller interior space seat most of their customers outside in a beer garden. Whatever the truth of its claim, the pub is certainly diminutive so that no more than ten or fifteen customers can drink inside at any one time. The pub measures 4.57 m × 2.13 m (15 ft × 7 ft).[2] In 1984, a record number of 102 people squeezed into the pub.[3]

The Nutshell Pub in 2011

Inside the pub, the dried body of a black cat is suspended, having been discovered during building work.


  1. ^ Siddle, John (5 September 2008). "Southport's Smallest British Pub title holder scoops big award". Southport Visiter. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ Webb, David (August 2003). "Beer in a Nutshell". BBC Online. p. 1. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  3. ^ Webb, David (August 2003). "Beer in a Nutshell". BBC Online. p. 2. Retrieved 7 July 2010.

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Coordinates: 52°14′41″N 0°42′46″E / 52.244754°N 0.712703°E / 52.244754; 0.712703