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Sunday 11th March

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The Butt & Oyster is one of the best known public houses in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and great views, situated in the hamlet of Pin Mill on the River Orwell.

Let the sounds of the Orwell seduce you. Watch the changing tides on traditional timeless shores. Understand an artist’s inspiration with Thames barges, swans and the river, enjoying the finest Suffolk ales whilst being tempted by the wonderful aromas which welcome you.

Pin Mill, once a smugglers haven offers beautiful walks and amazing scenery, the name of the pub commemorates the oyster fisheries originally a major export from the river Orwell.

In the old days the pub would be full of bargemen and sailors enjoying a pint. Made famous as being the setting for Arthur Ransomes “we didn’t mean to go to sea” book. “It is a fantastic pub” with a welcoming and traditional atmosphere.

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This booking system is not entirely automated so should a suitable time slot not be offered or a table to seat more than 6 people then feel free to call one of our friendly team direct on 01473 780764 and we will endeavour to accommodate your requests or offer alternative options

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Monday-Saturday 09.00am until 11.00pm Sunday 09.00am till 10.30pm.



Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1JW

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We’re dog friendly

We absolutely adore dogs here at the Butt and Oyster, so if you have a dog and would like to relax inside a warm and welcoming pub, then please pop in…We have some fantastic walks [...]

Now Recruiting!

If you are passionate about hospitality then we would love to hear form you. We are currently looking for front of house staff to join our wonderful team . Full and part time available. good rates [...]

Dog walks around the Butt and Oyster

. There can be few more iconic Suffolk locations than that of the Butt and Oyster at Pin Mill. Situated on the banks of the Orwell this public house was made famous as the setting for the opening chapters of two of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books and is a perfect place to stop and watch the world drift by after one of the prettiest dog walks we have had the pleasure to explore.


Early Start? Having a day out with the family? Why not start your day at probably the most iconic pubs in Suffolk? With wonderful and unspoilt views across the river Orwell its the perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast. Served daily from 10am till 11.45am Monday-Friday and 9am till 11.45 Saturday and Sunday

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At Deben Inns we pride ourselves in the quality of food, drink and above all, service we deliver to our customers.

Our venues enjoy high accolade from our patrons and are appreciated as some of the best public houses and restaurants in Suffolk. With six venues within the Deben Inns group, there are always opportunities for hard-working, ambitious and motivated staff in all areas including:

Waiting, Bar & Kitchen Staff, Chefs and many more …



“Still as good as ever, one of our Top 5 pubs in the country”

Visited here twice during our third visit to Suffolk this year. The Adnams Ghost Ship was as good as you can get.Our favourite bay window to ourselves, only one other boatman in the bar and a leisurely cooked breakfast of the tastiest local produce overlooking THAT timeless view. If you want to experience the Butt without the crowds, breakfast is the time, they open at 9am.

TripAdvisor October 2016
“A little hidden gem.”

I love this pub and forget that it’s here sometimes. I must visit more often! The food is always excellent, great choices, specials on the blackboard, good range of beers and wine. The fire in the bar is lovely and cosy, the bay window seats have a stunning view. We enjoyed the Gutt Buster pork and apple burger, topped with pulled pork, onion rings, cheese, salad, chips, salsa and coleslaw and the game stew with Stilton dumplings, creamy mash. I would have loved to have a pudding but literally couldn’t fit it in! This is pub food at its best.

TripAdvisor October 2016
“Simply fabulous!”

Visited for lunch on a busy bank holiday Sunday. The food arrived much quicker than anticipated, given the number of patrons. I had a wild mushroom linguine and my partner ordered the Sunday roast. The standard of food was exceptional. Great service, great food and wonderful views – top marks!

TripAdvisor August 2016
“Outstanding food and wonderful location”

We came to the Butt and Oyster in Pin Mill this weekend. Even though it was heaving, clearly a very popular place, we had such a wonderful time with friends. Staff were incredibly polite and efficient and the food was stunning – a perfect pub lunch. The weather was lovely so we sat outside and it was so nice to see so many people smiling and enjoying their time here. Would recommend highly! Will definitely keep coming to this lovely little pub.

TripAdvisor September 2016
“Beautiful location and wonderful food!”

We had a Sunday lunch here on a lovely day. Fantastic location – very picturesque – and totally delicious food. Service was exceptional and very friendly. The roast dinner was perfect!

TripAdvior August 2016

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The Majority of our suppliers are all based in and around Suffolk as we believe in sourcing the finest local produce and using the freshest ingredients possible in all of our dishes.We can cater for all types of different dietary requirements and food intolerances. All of our inns have gluten free options available on our menus. As we cook to order we can always adapt dishes and specials to suit your needs. Our staff will always be happy to help so please ask.


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