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Shotley Gate: Landlord bucks the trend and re-opens The Bristol Arms

15:29 13 November 2012

Shane Rolin the new landlord of The Bristol, Shotley Gate.

Shane Rolin the new landlord of The Bristol, Shotley Gate.


A LANDLORD has big plans for the future after reopening a popular pub.

Shane Rolin, 32, took over the reins of The Bristol Arms in Shotley Gate, at the beginning of September.

He said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since I took over but I wanted to get the place open again rather then do a big refurbishment and then open up.

“The pub has so much potential and it was sad to see a pub I knew as a youngster had closed down.”

The pub closed its doors to customers in mid-June but Mr Rolin, originally from the Colchester area, could not wait to get behind the bar.

“The first priority of taking over was just to get it open and operating,” he added.

“We are looking to take it forward and improve the food offering and concentrate more on local, seasonal food as opposed to a big menu from all over the place.

“We want to support the farms that are local to us.” After Christmas and New Year, Mr Rolin is hoping to refurbish the venue, bring it up to standard and improve it considerably.

He said: “We want to improve it on what it was before and make it a destination place.

“It is in a beautiful location with stunning views across the river.

“The emphasis is food and that’s my background.

“We still want it to retain its rustic, village feel but with a bit more care going into the finished product.”

What do you think about the reopening of The Bristol Arms? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail

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  • I wish the new landlord well as it is a beautifully sited pub however it came as no surprise to me to hear that it had closed. When my wife, nine year old son and I went in as a family one warm summer's evening for meals and drinks we were greeted by a surly "the kid can't come in here" so we had to look elsewhere ( the welcoming Oyster Reach) and vowed never to set foot in that Shotley pub again.

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    John Whitehead

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • I live very local to the Bristol Arms, and until it stops charging £3.70 for a pint of fosters, and serving reasonable food for high level prices, I can't see the locals coming back in droves, especially as the Rose has spent a lot of money doing itself up.

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    Neil (Suffolk)

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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