WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill. IP9 1JW
01473 780764 -http://www.debeninns.co.uk/buttandoyster/index.html
1 hrs walk or about 3 miles by road Situated on the river's edge - wonderful relaxed, nautical, casual, pubby atmosphere. Food served 12 noon - last orders at 9.15pm every day of the week. Can eat outside in the summer. But whilst it is lovely it is very popular.
The Shipwreck at Shotley Marina. IP9 1QJ
45 mins walk or 3 miles by road. Wonderful views across the estuary to Felixstowe & Harwich. Good value pub food.
The Compasses. Holbrook IP9 2QR
01473 328332 -http://www.compassesholbrook.co.uk/
4 miles. Child friendly traditional pub with children's play area. All meals freshly cooked. No smoking throughout. Excellent all round value for money but a little further to travel.
The Brantham Bull, Brantham
01473 328494 -http://www.thebranthambull.co.uk/
8 miles. Ideal for families with large garden and children's play area.
The Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead.
01473 786610 -http://www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/
5 miles. Food hall, & garden centre & gift shop on the B 1456, selling locally produced fayre, together with a small restaurant upstairs with spectacular views. Good place for that cup of coffee and muffin or a lunchtime snack. Has a children's play and outdoor snack area.
Buttermans Restaurant at Woolverstone Marina
4 miles by road. Adjacent to the Marina office and it is on the water's edge with views up to the Orwell Bridge.
The Thorn at Mistley
01206 392821 -http://www.mistleythorn.co.uk/
Has been awarded the Bib Gourmand which identifies restaurants that provide good food at moderate prices. Looks a bit tacky on the outside but it is excellent.
The Pier, Harwich
01255 241212 -http://www.milsomhotels.com/
A nice trip is to take the Shotley-Harwich Foot Ferry which runs, weather permitting, Easter to end of September.
Kesgrave Hall Hotel & Restaurant
01473 333741 -http://www.milsomhotels.com/kesgravehall/eat/default.aspx
It is a magnificent building with fine food but you can still get fish & chips & mushy peas quite reasonably.
The Last Anchor, Ipswich
01473 214763 -http://www.thelastanchor.co.uk/
Located on the river/dockside. The wooden building is a bit shack like, but it is excellent. Ask to sit in the Conservatory.
Bistro on the Quay, Ipswich
01473 286677 -http://www.bistroonthequay.co.uk/
Located on the river/dockside. Does an excellent 3 course special menu on weekdays.
Aqua Eight Fusion restaurant & bar, Ipswich IP1 1DQ
01473 218994 -http://www.aquaeight.com
Winner of best restaurant Suffolk Food & Drink awards 2008.
There are a lot of other waterfront eateries in Ipswich now that the waterfront development is nearing completion. There is a Pizza Express, Isaac's Bar, Mariners Restaurant (formerly Il Punto), The Waterfront, to mention a few.
Shotley Village Hall Car park - Scrumptious Fish & Chips
Wednesday evenings only 4pm - 7.30pm - mobile van parked in the Shotley Village Hall car park (next to the Rose Pub on the main street through Shotley as you go down to Shotley Gate)
Orwell Cars - serves Shotley and surrounding area.
Executive service. Mercedes Saloons and Multi People Vehicles. All long hauls, airports, ports etc. Can organise local pick-ups and drop offs with more than 6 hours notice but can only carry 4 people at any time.
Ipswich Taxi services:
Avenue Taxis: 01473 40 70 70
Hawk Express 01473 22 22 22