Welcome to the Bristol Arms, Shotley Gate - A Walkers Are Welcome Pub in Both the Babergh and Suffolk Village of the Year 

A riverside pub with wonderful views over the Stour, great food, and a refreshing range of drinks, where children and dogs are as welcome as locals, tourists, sailors, cyclists and walkers, by our friendly staff

Book now: 01473 787200

Come horse racing with us to Chelmsford Races

Thursday, August 29, leave at 11am back by 6pm (times are provisional) Ticket includes, coach, entry to course/paddock/sports bar and more, then supper on return. £35 pp. Book your place (which are limited) or call Shane 787200.

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Cool Down With Pimms or Prosecco On Tap  

The moment we won Eggheads. The Shotley Open Spacers team made up of (from left to right) Derek Davis, Gary Richens, Marian Pugh, Shane Rolin (pub landlord) and Ian Peters. Geraint Pugh was on the bench and did great job in helping us prepare. Click here for full story...

We are looking for good quality people to join our small but friendly team. Part time bar staff, chef and kitchen porter required. Call Shane 787200 or pop in during opening times. 

01473 787200

To help mark the peninsula-wide Arthur Ransome celebration the Bristol Armshosted a party for children aged eight to 12. 

it was a free event with around 50 children, enjoying the fun with lashings of ginger beer,  soft drinks. Cheese or ham sandwiches, bangers (or cocktail sausages)) pork pies. 

Gary Richen explained the link between Arthur Ransome's book 'We Didn't mean to Go To Sea' and HMS Ganges, the pier and it was a fun afternoon.

 Wonderful new year's evening with its of fabulous people, excellent music and spectacular fireworks over Harwich and Felixstowe.

See our gallery for more pictures

We are open from 6pm during the week and closed lunch timesfor the next fortnight. Normal service will then be resumed.

Open Mic Nite

Our regular Open Mic Nites, last Friday of every month, are proving ever popular with many people enjoying the music while socialising with friends, old and new.

Join in or just watch, listen and enjoy.

Welcome Tea on the Quay

We would like to say a hearty hello and welcome to our new neighbours - Tea on the Quay.

There are also milk shakes, very popular with the young and a selection of ice creams.

Thanks for a wonderful meal on Valentines night. superb food as always.
Andrew Thompson

Very relaxing and very friendly pub, dog friendly, feel like you are at home and feel very relaxed, highly recommended and will keep coming back x

Lucy Cole

Thanks for making us so welcome at luck time! The food was great and Jackie was lovely and friendly.

We will definitely be back.

Claire Sidney, Essex.

What a delicious meal we had at the Bristol Arms. This traditional English pub offered us a table with a magnificient sea view, friendly service and wonderful food.We chose from the daily specials and were not disappointed. The prawns were extremely tasty and so fresh that even my daughter loved them although up until then she never wanted to eat prawns! The whitebait was succulent in the homemade batter. My daughter chose cod, chips and peas, which did England proud but the portions were 'unfortunately' so generous that we didn't have any room for a dessert....all the more reason to come back again! Many thanks to Derek Davis from http://www.shotleypeninsulartours.com for showing us around this beautiful area and introducing us to the Bristol Arms. We will be back!

Aundrea Abou Farhat, Bonn Germany.

We recently enjoyed a really nice evening meal at the Bristol. Really good choices, sensible prices, and would definitely recommend to friends. Shame there weren't more customers enjoying the excellent food and friendly service.

Linda Eastwood


Service wonderful.

The evening way exceeded my expectations. I thought the menu was good value for £18.95. 

Having so many choices though is quite ambitious and having to deal with a huge group all a once is a big ask. But you asked for feedback which is intended to be constructive: The prawns needed something to mop up the juice and i asked for some bread and this was provided quickly and efficiently. from what i saw go by, The Baked Camembert looked beautiful and the Terrine was good too (Richard had that). 

The steak looked beautifully presented. I didnt think Richard's shoulder of lamb 'presented well' on the plate - everything looked very orange.  

Hazel Wrinch


'Very friendly staff, food was wonderful, would definitely go again.' 

Tracy Sams, Shotley.

'Great food at pub with excellent views.' 

Food-Lover, Woolverstone.

'This was the best food we have ever had here. Wife's fish was really tasty and steak melted in my mouth.

We have been coming to the Bristol Arms for 25 years, although it went through a bad period so we left it awhile. 

So glad we came back to visit Shotley and found pub better than ever. 

Tom and Gloria Evans, Colchester.

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