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 viewsdown 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

We are open from 12noon until late - Friday, Saturday Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Kitchen closes at 9pm

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

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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