Discover real ale and craft beer on the Bury Ale Trail

Discover real ale and craft beer in historic Bury St Edmunds with the Bury Ale Trail

With an incredible and unrivalled brewing history dating back 1,000 years, historic Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place to experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer. 

Now real ale and craft beer enthusiasts can explore 22 of the town’s licensed premises with the Bury Ale Trail, giving visitors the chance to try ales brewed in the town itself or from further afield.

The special ale trail map, produced by Our Bury St Edmunds BID, gives information on all the participating venues. Copies of the Bury Ale Trail can be found at pubs and bars throughout the town centre, the tourist information points in town, and can be downloaded from Our Bury St Edmunds website.

The licensed premises featured in the Bury Ale Trail include: Rose and CrownThe Masons ArmsBooshThe NutshellThe Corn ExchangeThe Constitutional ClubOakes BarnThe GrapesEdmundo LoungeKings ArmsThe One BullThe Fox Inn, The Old Cannon Brewery, The Bushel, The Beerhouse, Greene King Beer CafeCasaThe Angel HotelQueens Bar and GrillKarooze, and The Tavern on St John's.

The Bury Ale Trail was the idea of Heather Warren who owns Oakes Barn pub on St Andrews Street South.  She’s worked closely with Our Bury St Edmunds BID Business Support and Marketing Officer Mike Kirkham to bring the concept to fruition.

Heather said: “As the proprietor of one of the town’s Free Houses I know that there is a growing interest in both real ale and craft beer.  Bury St Edmunds has a great brewing heritage of course as the home of Greene King, but that’s only part of the story.  

"The Old Cannon micro-brewery in the town is one of around 40 small breweries in the county and many beers brewed in Suffolk can be bought in Bury either in the retail trade or in some of our pubs.  I’m delighted that the Ale Trail will give us a chance to showcase some of them.”

Mike added: “The Ale Trail brochure features 20 different pubs and bars – some of which are relatively new businesses so hopefully the trail will encourage local beer enthusiasts to explore the town as well as visitors from further afield.”

Mike Kirkam from Our Bury St Edmunds BID and Heather Warren from Oakes Barn who have out the Bury Ale Trail together

Mark your place in history, share your experience, tell others about your favourite pub, bar or speciality shop on Twitter using #BuryAleTrail

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