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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Microbrewed ales
Wheelchair access

Brewing started at this Victorian pub over 160 years ago. Today it’s brewing still, an independent brewpub in Suffolk where you can see beer being brewed on a regular basis. Indeed, dominating the bar are two giant stainless steel brewing vessels, fount of Old Cannon Best Bitter, Gunner’s Daughter and seasonal and special occasion beers, augmented by ever-rotating regular and other guest ales. In keeping with having a brewery inside the bar-cum-dining room, the decor and furnishings are easy on the eye, with rich, earth-coloured walls, wooden floors and scrubbed tables. Exploiting the obvious pun, the menu is headed ‘Cannon Fodder’, among which, all freshly prepared from local produce, are starters and light dishes of confit chicken and leek parfait with spiced pear chutney, and main meals of chicken tagine; Gunner’s Daughter sausage and colcannon mash, onion gravy and beer batter pudding; and gluten-free hen egg hash with tomato velouté. The daily-changing specials board offers at least three more options. The possibility of a home-made pudding or a British cheeseboard is worth planning ahead for; otherwise, try a lighter locally produced ice cream. For the really keen, the pub offers a Brew Day experience giving two people the opportunity to work alongside the brewer, loading the malt, creating the wort and adding the hops, all during normal production hours. An August beer festival and tours of the brewery are added attractions. Overnight guests stay in the converted old brewery, just across the courtyard. Since the pub is tucked away in the back streets, follow the website directions carefully.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December and 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Saturday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: The Old Cannon Best Bitter, Gunner's Daughter and seasonal ales, Adnams Southwold Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall
  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Summer bank holiday weekend


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Ramp or lift access available


  • Dog friendly

Getting here

From A14 junction 43 follow signs to Bury St Edmunds town centre, 1st left at 1st roundabout into Northgate Street, 1st right into Cadney Lane, left at end into Cannon Street, pub 100 yards on left

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