The Red Lion is situated at the heart of the attractive Suffolk village of Chelmondiston, on the beautiful Shotley penninsula just a short distance from Ipswich.  It is not far from Woolverstone Marina and within a short walking distance of the banks of the river Orwell at Pin Mill. We are currently open 4 days a week, being closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Opening times:
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm
and 6pm – 11.00pm.
Food is served from 12pm to 2pm and 6.30pm through to 9pm.

Red Lion, Main Road, Chelmondiston, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1DX

We have worked hard over the years to make the Red Lion into everything we believe a contemporary pub restaurant should be.

It goes without saying that delivering high standards on the essentials such as the quality of food, value and service is important to us.


Our aim is simple, it is to provide affordable, good food with an emphasis on flavour and quality of ingredients. We source ingredients locally where possible for obvious reasons, but recognise that sourcing from further afield may provide better quality or wider seasonal choice when appropriate. So whilst using the acclaimed Pinneys of Orford smoked salmon which has come from less than 30 miles away, we also source cod from Scotland as it is arguably better than that caught locally at certain times of the year.

As with all good restaurants, we cater for vegetarians and can often accommodate special dietary requirements or any reasonable request for something you see on our menu that you wish cooked differently.


The front of house team at the Red Lion will warmly welcome you and ensure that your visit is an enjoyable experience and one that you will want to repeat. Our bar is always well stocked and we have Adnams Southwold beers available together with a good selection of other bottled beers, wines and spirits.

Enjoy a relaxing and restful stay in this beautifully converted little barn, located in the lovely Suffolk countryside, on the Shotley peninsula near Woolverstone. Close to the rivers Orwell and Stour and surrounded by a multitude of splendid walking opportunities. Restored in the grounds of the Red Lion, one of the loveliest restaurants in the area.

This stylish, self-contained, open plan home-from-home has been tastefully furnished and fitted out to the highest standards. There is a Kingsize bed making sleeping a dream, a luxurious walk in shower room with wash basin and toilet and a wonderfully spacious lounge and dining area with a modern fully appointed kitchen with a fridge well stocked with breakfast ingredients for your stay.

  • RATE: £110 PER NIGHT

To enquire call 01473 780400 or fill out the form below


    IP9 1DX

    TEL: 01473 780400


    If you’re sailing around the Essex and Suffolk coast, we’re just over 2 miles from the beautiful Woolverstone Marina, which equates to a 40 minute walk or short taxi ride.


    The area around Chelmondiston and Pin Mill is very popular with those wishing to exercise their legs, with many beautiful walks.  Walkers are welcome in the Red Lion although it would be appreciated if muddy boots were removed prior to entry. For more information about local walks, click here.

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