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Restaurants in Colchester: things to know before you go

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to save money on a casual night out, we’re here to answer your questions about restaurants in Colchester before you book a table.

Where can I get a good Sunday lunch in Colchester?

Colchester is home to some wonderful pubs and hotels where you can tuck into a traditional Sunday roast.

  • The Red Lion Hotel is one of the most popular restaurants on Colchester High Street. Its three-course menu includes mains such as juicy roast beef or pork loin.
  • The Blue Anchor is just a short drive away in the village of Feering, and serves up delicious British cuisine with a modern twist.
  • The Bull and Willow Room is based in Great Totham. Chow down on its delicious seasonal dishes and you’ll not be surprised to learn it’s featured in the Michelin Guide.
  • Grill 66 Fusion caters for all palates, with a selection of British classics sitting next to authentic Bangladeshi dishes on its diverse menu.

Are there any vegan restaurants in Colchester?

While you might feel Colchester restaurants are predominantly pubs and traditional eateries, the town also has its fair share of vegetarian and vegan places, too. These include:

  • Café 21 – based in a Grade II-listed building at the heart of the old town, it serves freshly-baked scones and sweet treats with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. If it’s a warm day, why not bask in its patio garden outside?
  • Caffe Sala – serves up an amazing vegan menu, featuring tasty sandwiches, soups and sharing platters. Based in the centre of town, it’s the ideal spot to while away an idle Saturday with your favourite book.

What’s the best place for afternoon tea in Colchester?

As you’d expect from a historic town as beautiful as Colchester, there are many elegant venues serving traditional afternoon tea.

  • The George Hotel is located right at the heart of town, but has a gorgeous garden and conservatory to enjoy your cuppa in style. It also serves up a fine selection of sweet and savoury treats.
  • Jacqueline’s Tea Room is a 1940s-inspired tearoom – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time the moment you step through its doors. It’s got substance as well as style, with sandwiches, scones and cakes – plus gluten-free treats.

What are the best Italian restaurants in Colchester?

There are lots of highly rated Italian restaurants in Colchester. At Pizza Express you’re guaranteed to get your pizza and pasta fix. But there are lots of great independent venues too, such as Il Padrino on Church Street. Il Padrino boasts cosy seating within an old brick wine cellar and an open-plan kitchen where you can watch the chefs preparing your food. These are just two options – check out our best restaurant deals in Colchester for more.