Shelley's Restaurant

Welcome to Shelley's - the culinary heart of Suffolk New College

Our 100-seater restaurant opens to the public during College term times for lunch and dinner. The main room is modern, light and airy. The restaurant is fully licensed and guests can enjoy a drink in McCoy’s bar. Menus change each academic term and emphasise quality produce, classic and modern dishes, great service and value for money. Our menus feature plenty of local produce and we are able to accommodate specific dietary requirements.

Booking is advisable.

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Opening Times

We are open for service during term time.

Lunchtimes - Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 12 noon – 1.30pm (last sitting 1.15pm)

Lunch Menu

Christmas Lunch Menu

  • £8.95 for two courses or £10.95 for three courses
  • £7.50 Friday Buffet

Evenings - Thursday, 6.30pm – 9.30pm (last sitting 7.30pm)

Dinner Menu

Christmas Dinner Menu

  • £16.00 for two courses or £19.00 for three courses

Afternoon Tea - dates

  • £12.00pp (£10.00pp for groups of 10+)

Themed Evenings

Throughout the year Shelley's hosts themed evenings including Asian and Italian Taster evenings plus renowned local chefs and restaurants are invited in to deliver an amazing culinary experience to Shelley's customers. Visit and like our Facebook Events page to keep up to date with our latest events. View our latest flyer for themed evenings.

To Book

Call 01473 382500 or email to make a booking, or just turn up at the college’s site in Ipswich located at Rope Walk. We are always happy to have guests arrive wishing to experience our learning environment. As a guest of the restaurant if there are spaces available in the College’s car parks you are able to park there free of charge. Any Shelleys guests parking in the College car parks before 6.00pm, are required on arrival, to register their car details with Shelley’s.

Shelley’s is also available for hire for your private event, fundraiser or business meeting.


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Shelley's and our Catering & Hospitality students

Shelley's gives our catering and hospitality students an opportunity to experience what it is like to work within a real restaurant. As well as front of house and serving duties, our students are also preparing and presenting outstanding food. The students will be on a range of courses including front of house, professional cookery and patisserie.

It cannot be underestimated what impact serving real customers has on their confidence and skills, and so we welcome members of the public coming into Shelley’s.

McCoy's is our restaurant bar where you can enjoy a drink before or after your meal or as a destination itself. McCoy's offers a selection of white, red and rosé wines from France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and the New World. For a celebration, the house prosecco is Lunetta Prosecco Ca'Vit.

A selection of spirits, beers and ciders is also available. See our full wine menu.