Littlest pub may close

Locals in Britain rally to support capacity challenged 'The Nutshell'

Aug 11, 2004 - Locals have rallied behind Britain's smallest pub, which faces possible closure after it was refused permission to expand its seating area outside.


The Nutshell pub in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, is only 15 feet long and seven feet wide, and licensee Martin Bayliss unsuccessfully petititioned to put six tables with chairs outside to boost capacity.

A spokesman from District Council said: "The applicant originally wanted to put tables and chairs outside in an area which extended across another shop's frontage and, following an objection, we could not grant that application."

The East Anglian Daily Times in Bury St. Edmunds has launched a campaign to save the pub, asking readers to fill in a statement of support and return to the newspaper. News editor James Mortlock said: "Scores of people have sent the form back."

Bayliss has submitted his second application, for a smaller outside area, and is hopeful of a positive outcome when the council meets in September.

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