Butt & Oyster

Chatty old riverside pub with pleasant views, good food and drink and seats on the terrace


Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
Disabled access
Disabled loos
Pub games
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 9am-9.30pm

Typical main dish: fritto misto of tempura prawns, calamari, whitebait, scampi, fries and sweet chilli

Typical main dish price: £13.95

Average two course evening meal price: £20.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £4.20

Name of cheapest bitter: Southwold

  • Pub games
  • Board games
  • Traditional pub games
  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Children allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in the bar

The good pub guide review

You will have a ringside seat for watching the boats and birds on the River Orwell at this simply but pleasingly decorated former bargemen's pub. Its terrace abuts the water, but its parasol-shaded picnic tables get busy quickly, so on a warm day it's best to arrive early or request a window table for a meal indoors. The half-panelled little smoke room is pleasantly worn and unfussy with a woodburner in a brick fireplace and high-backed and other old-fashioned settles on a tiled floor. There's also a two-level dining room with country kitchen furniture on bare boards, and pictures and boat-related artefacts on the walls above the wainscotting. Adnams Ghost Ship, Broadside Southwold and a seasonal ale tapped from the cask by friendly, efficient staff, several wines by the glass and local cider; board games. Disabled access. The annual Thames Barge Race (end June/early July) is fun. The car park can fill up pretty quickly.

The good pub guide food review

As well as enjoyable fish dishes, the good trend-aware food includes nicely priced breakfasts, baguettes and ciabattas, falafel with roast beets and beetroot purée, roast chicken and bacon caesar salad, katsu chicken burger, lamb kofta with sweet potato fries, Asian-style 'poke' bowls with various toppings, red Thai vegetable or prawn curry, and classic puddings such as a cheesecake of the day and sticky toffee pudding.

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Contact Details

Butt & Oyster, Pinmill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW

(01473) 780764

Pub Group: Deben Inns

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 9am-11pm