Places to Stay and Eat


There are several excellent places to stay in Shotley. Whether you just want an overnight bed and breakfast, have a few days to spare or even a week or two in Suffolk there is accommodation here to suit your needs.

If you want to stay a little closer to somewhere to eat and drink, then there is the newly opened B&B accommodation at Shotley Marina, the ‘Shipwreck Lofts‘.

Right above the Shipwreck Bar and Restaurant these high quality rooms offer outstanding views across the River Stour to Harwich.

The rooms are furnished to boutique hotel standards and whatever the weather they are a cosy place to stay. Watch Marina life unfurl as yachts and motor cruises travel through the lock gates on their journeys.

Take a trip over to Harwich and Felixstowe on the Foot and Bicycle Ferry that operates out of the Marina and come back to a hearty meal at the Shipwreck.

What could be better……..

The Shipwreck Lofts Bed and Breakfast

If your preferred accommodation is a Touring Caravan, Motor Home or under Canvas, then the Shotley Rose Pub has facilities for Caravans and Campers. Bring your accommodation with you and you will not be disappointed with their facilities.

On the field behind the pub and village hall there is ample space for many guests. Time your visit to coincide with one of the many events and theme nights that take place throughout the year in the pub and your daytime walks will be complemented by some excellent night time entertainment.

Caravan and Camping Shotley Rose Pub

Eat in

With such a fine choice of places to stay, why not enjoy some of the places to eat and drink either as a break during a walk, or as a reward for having earned your meal at the end of doing one of our fine circular walks. See the ‘Walks around Shotley’ page for recommended circular walks.

All of the walks featured on our ‘walks’ page pass right by the three bars and restaurants in Shotley.

If you are travelling by car all have plenty parking spaces. Plus, they all have public bus stops directly outside, and each pub and restaurant is in a unique location in the village.

For the bus timetable direct from Ipswich centre (Suffolk’s County Town) click on this link. As a rough guide, buses are every hour from 7am until 7pm six days a week and a little less frequent on a Sunday.

The bus journey from Ipswich to Shotley takes around 30 to 40 minutes depending on whether you use the 202 route or 98 route.

The Shotley Rose prides itself on offering fantastic food at very affordable prices. Eat in or Take away, the choice is yours. The Shotley Rose is located in what is locally known as the ‘Dry End’ of the Village.

Located alongside Shotley Village Hall, the Rose is ideal to whet the appetite before or after attending one of the many functions at the Village Hall that take place throughout the year.

If you only have a little time to walk and explore, Shotley Rose is close to a community wildflower meadow named ‘Golden Wood’. For information about this woodland, take a look at our ‘Walkers are Welcome’ page, and you’ll find the full story about this fascinating project. Within a couple of hours you could walk to the woodland from the Rose, explore the area, walk back and have lunch or dinner in the pub!

Shotley won the coveted ‘Babergh and Suffolk Village of the Year’ award, and when you see some of the events that the community has to offer, the warm smiles you will receive from Shotley residents, and the hearty welcome that you get in any of the pubs and shops then you know why it was so truly deserved.

Shotley Rose Pub

Traveling to the ‘Wet End’ of Shotley you’ll find the Bristol Arms, directly opposite the River Stour.

The Bristol Arms has been a landmark at Shotley Gate for landlubbers and mariners alike since the mid 19th Century.

It offers excellent food and drink and a warm welcome for all. As with the other pubs, the ‘Specials Board’ changes frequently, with fresh sea food often featured here regularly.

Very close to Shotley Heritage Park, the Bristol Arms is ideally situated not only for those out for a ’10 mile hike’ but also for those wishing to take a more leisurely stroll around the Heritage Park woodland which has marvelous views across the River Stour.

On a warm Summer’s day it’s great to sit outside the pub and breathe in the refreshing sea air and watch life slowly unfolding on the river.

The Bristol Arms

Carry on past the Bristol Arms and you’ll enter Shotley Marina, a bustling marina with excellent facilities for boat owners with it’s year round access whatever the state of the tide.

Here you’ll find ‘The Shipwreck‘, right underneath the ‘Shipwreck Lofts’ B&B accommodation. The Shipwreck has a large grass terrace and undercover outdoor eating area, which is very popular during summer. Boasting superb views across Harwich Haven the Shipwreck is yet another Jewel in Shotley’s Crown.

Similar to the other Shotley bar restaurants, you have a great choice of snacks served up quickly and efficiently by their pleasant staff or can take a seat in their restaurant where you will be waited on hand and foot.

There is no hurry to leave as you soak up the atmosphere and hustle and bustle of the marina whilst dining on two or three courses of mighty fine food, with the wine of your choice. Heaven on a plate?

The Shipwreck is often the destination of choice for many different clubs, notably the ‘Suffolk Mini Cooper Club’ and the ‘Suffolk Vintage Motor Cycle Club’. If your visit coincides with such an event, usually on a Bank Holiday Sunday, it’s a bonus.

For casual strollers the Shipwreck is a great place to visit, eat and drink. Find time to cross the lock gates and walk around the pathway directly across from the mighty Felixstowe docks. This is the largest busiest container port in the UK, and there is nowhere else you get so close up to watch them being guided into berth and loaded and unloaded so skilfully. It’s awesome.

The Shipwreck Pub

Eat Out

If during your visit you prefer an Indian takeaway, Italian Pizza or traditional Fish and Chips, then Shotley has these too.

Already mentioned is that the Shotley Rose does takeaway food to order and there are two other more traditional ‘takeaways’.

The ‘LasanIndian Takeaway restaurant serves up first class Indian food seven days a week in the evening from 5pm, and serves traditional Fish and Chips at lunchtime Friday and Saturday.

Lasan Takeaway  Indian food Fish and Chips

If Italian Pizza is your preference, then the ‘Peninsula Pizzeria‘ can be found at the local ‘Premier Stores’ located almost opposite the Lasan Indian Takeaway. For a twist on the Italian Pizza why not try their unique ‘Curried Pizza’s’. A fusion of spices and flavours freshly baked on the premises, it’s worth the visit.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 4pm until 9.30pm. What a great way to end a fun day walking the many pathways in the area.

Telephone number 01473 787033/788987

Self cook and general stores.

If on a visit and you prefer to self cater, then ‘Premier Stores and Post Office‘ is a great place to buy essentials to cook fine food at home. With an excellent selection of provisions and wide choice of snacks and drinks it’s the only general Store in Shotley.

Premier Stores is open Monday to Saturday from 6.30am until 9.30pm, with the exception of Sunday when it closes at 2pm.

Premier Stores – Shotley (Groceries, newspapers, postal services)

The Street, IP9 1NQ, tel: 01473 787281