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Valentine’s Dinner

Have you booked your Valentine’s Dinner?  Check out our 3 2 1 menu – 3 courses, 2 people, 1 price.  Three course meal for only £50 per couple.  See the full menu on our Eat page.

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Christmas Light Switch On


The Old Cannon Brewery's Christmas Light Switch On

The Old Cannon Brewery’s Christmas Light Switch On

Our Christmas lights are being switched on by Julia Wakelam, Mayor of Bury St Edmunds!

Join the team at the Cannon and supporters of the Gatehouse Charity to welcome in Christmas for a homemade mince pie, drinks and illuminations at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Tuesday 22nd November 2016.

There will also be a chance to enter our Gatehouse Charity Christmas Raffle!

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve at The Old Cannon Brewery.

Simply add your name and phone number to our sheet and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. Just £2 per entry and you can enter as many times as you like.
All proceeds go to the Gatehouse Charity, our charity of the year.


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Answering the Call of the Hop

Adnams has brewed a special beer in September since 2014; Wild Hop Beer.

This years Wild Hop Beer is unique to the 2016 hop harvest. Wild Hop Beer contains many hops donated by members of the public and other local breweries. These hops are often wild or from gardens which allow each brew to be slightly different and unique.

The call for hops came at the beginning of September and the Bear Inn, Beyton, has answered. The beer is brewed using fresh green hops which gives the beer clean and fresh aromas and is different each year as it is brewed with a different mixture of a variety of hops.

Hannah Clark, owner of the Bear Inn says “We have so many hops growing in our beer garden, we didn’t want to waste them so when we saw we could donate them, we jumped at the chance.”


Tris and Charlie gathering hops

Tris, the head brewer at the Old Cannon Brewery, sister pub to the Bear Inn, immediately got stuck in to harvesting the hops. Adnams warns its hop donors the hops tend to grow near nettles, but at the Bear Inn, it was rosebushes Tris had to contend with to free the hops from the vines.

The Old Cannon Brewery has also been chosen as Adnams Guest Ale for October and November 2016 and the beer Blonde Bombshell will be available for Adnams pubs to have as a guest throughout this period.

The beer will be brewed late next week and will be on the shelves of Adnams stores later on in the year.

You can find out more about Wild Hop Beer by visiting

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Halloween Quiz

Come down to the Old Cannon Brewery after dark
…if you dare…

Don your cat tails, grab your brooms and sharpen those fangs and come and support the Gatehouse Charity with our Halloween Quiz.

Spooky goings on, prizes to be won, costumes highly recommended.

Sunday 30th October 2016.
£2 per person and teams of 4. 8pm start.
Reserve your team a table by calling 01284 768769. Limited tables available.



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Beer Enthusiasts Enjoy Brewery Tours For Heritage Open Day

The six tours around the Old Cannon Brewery were nearly all full for Heritage Open Days last weekend, joining 41 other properties in the Bury St Edmunds area in opening their doors to the general public. The Brewery opened the doors of its cellar for the public to learn about the history of the building and the brewing process. It was the first time we had participated in Heritage Open Days and we hope to join in many more in the future.


Looking up at the malt grist

The tour included the history of the building which was built in 1845 and its life as a brewery, pub, residential property, B&B and pub again. The tour then looked at the brewing vessels in the bar area including the Malt Grist, Mash Tun and Kettle. Attendees were able to look inside the vessels as we normally brew on Monday’s. Then it was down to the cellar which houses the fermentation vessels and beer storage. At the end of each tour, there was the opportunity to sample some Old Cannon Beers including the Best Bitter and Gunner’s Daughter.


Looking inside the brewing vessels

Emma, who conducted the tours on Friday, said “It was really nice to show members of the public around, and for them to see how we brew. We’re very proud of our brewing vessels and our beer and it was a great experience to share the knowledge of the building and the brewing with people.”

Tom Atkins, who attended the free tours over the weekend said; “It was very interesting and informative and it was really nice to conclude with an Old Cannon beer.”


The mash tun and kettle

Debbie Atkins added “The tour was well presented and the [brewing] process was explained perfectly.”

A few of the tours got interrupted by Tris, the brewer working as he returned casks to the cellar via the trap door but this added to the authenticity of the tour as it is a working brewery.


Enjoying a drink at the bar

If you missed the tours last weekend, we offer tours by appointment only for £10 per person which includes a full tour of the brewery and cellars, a free Old Cannon glass to take home and 3 third pint tasters of their beer. Call to book a tour on 01284 768769. For more information visit our Brewery Tours page.

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See in the cooler autumn months with our new seasonal menu

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning orange and falling from the trees, there’s a chill in the air; it must be time for the Old Cannon Brewery’s new autumn menu. We launch a different menu each season, packed with locally sourced produce and homemade meals and this autumn is no different.

Filled with Old Cannon Favourites; Beer battered cod and chips, Gunner’s Daughter Sausage and mash and Sirloin steak, our menu also offers new, exciting dishes to tempt your taste buds. Try our Roast duck with a sweet potato puree, kale and a blackcurrant sauce or if you fancy something a bit different, try our Pan fried salmon fillet with cockles and deep fried breaded mussels.

“Using locally sourced produce is very important to us and we have regular shipments of organic fruit and veg from the Cotton Lane Allotments, just a few streets over. Fred actually brings them in a wheelbarrow fresh picked out of the ground!” Says Charlie, Marketing and Events assistant.

Fred and his wheelbarrow

Fred and his wheelbarrow

We also get organic, locally grown produce from our sister restaurant; The Bear Inn Beyton. Garry, owner of both restaurants says; “We’ve recently taken on the Bear and one of the first things we did was build a vegetable garden using railway sleepers. These raised beds were seeded early on in the year and throughout the summer and autumn we’ve been seeing, and our customers have been eating, the fruits of our labour. It’s all very satisfying seeing what you’ve planted grow into something you can then eat.”

“This menu just conjures up images of autumn, from our toffee apple crumble making you think of sharp green apples mixed with the gooey soft sweetness of toffee to our Butternut squash, ricotta and pine nut conchiglioni which is full of autumn flavours.” adds Adrian, Head Chef.

The new Autumn menu launches Monday 12th September 2016.

Many items on the menu are gluten free and are also suitable for vegetarians.

Daily specials available at the fireplace.

Food is served at the Old Cannon between 12 noon and 9pm on Monday – Saturday. On Sundays lunch runs form 12 noon until 3pm.

The Brewery also offers breakfast, which runs from 7.30am to 12noon Monday – Friday and 8.30am to 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.

To book a table please call 01284 768769.

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Christmas Bookings

We are now accepting Christmas Bookings for parties and our set menu on Christmas Day. 

Please click here for more details about booking your Christmas parties and Christmas Day meals and our Christmas opening times.

Spaces are filling up, book now to avoid disappointment.

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Christmas Bookings



We are open for Christmas bookings. Please see our

for bookings on the 25th December 12 noon – 2pm and our

for bookings for parties of up to 24 people.

A non-refundable deposit of £10 is required for all bookings of 8 people or more which is payable within 5 days.

Bookings of 8 people or more require a pre-order.

We are unable to accommodate children under 10 years old.

We have dishes which suit different dietary requirements listed on the menu and where possible we can modify a dish to suit your dietary needs if you let us know in advance.


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BBQ in the Yard

Join us for our Bank Holiday Saturday BBQ in the Yard! Enjoy the sunshine and some great tasting BBQ topped off with some pretty fantastic beers. Help us celebrate Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival and meet new people.

Saturday 27th August 2016. BBQ served from 12pm – 8pm. Bar open until 11pm.

Our restaurant and bar is open as usual. Our Lush and Local Menu is open for bookings.



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Free Brewery Tours – 9th to 11th Sept

Our cellar is normally only accessible to those who pay for a tour but on the 9th, 10th and 11th September 2016, in association with Heritage Open Days, we are opening it up and giving people tours for FREE. Tour times are 2pm and 4pm on the 9th, 10th and 11th and must be booked.

See more information and terms and conditions here:

Booking is essential: Book via or 01284 768769

Tours take place at 2pm and 4pm on the 9th, 10th and 11th September only.

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