Built in the 16th century and once one of the most prominent inns and breweries of Bury St Edmunds The Saracens Head was trading as early as 1730 from the site on Guildhall Street but trading came to an abrupt end for the Saracens head when bankruptcy proceedings forced the sale of the property in 1901. The building was auctioned shortly after and The Royal British Legion moved in and called it home for over 100 years but once again financial issues meant the building fell in to disrepair and it was sold in 2008. Some original features remain and the original saracens heads dating from the 1800’s that once took pride of place above the front door can now be found inside the venue.
A new buyer was found and extensive renovations took place before reopening in 2009 as The Hunter Club and has since established itself as one of Bury St Edmunds leading independent venues for live music and private hire.
We are dedicated to supporting local creative performers and artists, and we provide a much-needed, fully-equipped venue for independent music promoters. We are proud to support a wide range of local grassroots bands and musicians, as well as accomodating more well-known acts.
In addition to our regularly sold out gigs, comedy nights, and community events, we are also proud to provide facilities for numerous youth and community projects/events including Bury Fringe Festival, BurySound Band Competition, West Suffolk College, National Citizen Service, Noise Solution, the Bury Singer Songwriters Competition, Bury St Edmunds Film Society, and many others. We provide free space for community groups, and work closely with local organisations in their fundraising efforts.
We are very proud to be at the heart of Bury St. Edmunds music scene, and in 2019 we were awarded the Best Local Music Venue award by the NMG awards, another local institution celebrating the vibrant local music culture in East Anglia.