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 endeavor to accommodate your requests or offer alternative options


Monday-Friday 10.00am until 11.00pm Saturday and Sunday 09.00am till 11.30pm.


Job Opportunities

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 …

The Butt and Oyster is currently looking for:

Commie Chef
To work in a team of 6 chefs doing food preparation and basic cooking under supervision of section chef 30 hours aprox per week


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Pin Mill Barge Match

Saturday 16th July 2016 There will be plenty going on and the Butt and Oyster and it is the perfect place to experience this wonderful gathering of classic Thames Barges in full racing livery. The [...]

Dog walks around the Butt and Oyster

Pop out for a great walk and while you’re at it, pay us a visit. We’re dog friendly and always look forward to welcoming you. 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

Butt and Oyster in Places and Faces Magazine

Places & Faces Magazine have published a glowing review of the Butt & Oyster with Lesley Rawlinson and her partner paying us a wintery visit.


Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1JW

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Our suppliers

At Deben Inns we pride ourselves in using the highest quality products.
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.

  • The Cake Shop, Woodbridge
  • Foskers Fresh, Bucklesham
  • Fresh Pac, Halesworth
  • Lowestoft Shellfish, Lowestoft
  • Adnams, Southwold
  • Hollingworth, Ipswich
  • Procters, Ipswich
  • Steele Fine Foods, Diss
  • Thomas Ridley, Bury St. Edmunds
  • Lacons, Lowestoft