The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.2
276 reviews
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The brasserie is an independent restaurant located inside Wivenhoe House on the outskirts of Colchester and close to the pretty village of Wivenhoe. Our restaurant is inspired by the concept of a classic brasserie, bring a little taste of France to the Essex countryside. The extensive menus offer a wide ranging choice. Our menus change frequently to make the most of fresh local produce. Our Plat du Jour will ensure each experience of the brasserie is as unique and exciting as the last. We also have an express ‘Plat Rapide’ lunchtime menu for those whose time is limited. Our Sunday lunch menu features with pride our award winning ‘Best Roast Dinner’ selection. Fish Friday is on the first Friday of every month and has built up an enviable reputation in the local area, be sure to book in advance to ensure a space at these sell out events. We have a special children’s menu designed to offer the same quality food as all of our menus.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went on a Monday lunchtime for a meal with two friends who were visiting us for the day. The lunchtime menu was very limited compared to previous visits. For the amount paid we did not feel it represented value for money.

M
Norfolk
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had 3.15 booking and roastpots parsnips and YP felt as though they had been kept warm since then. Meat a bit sparse. Service friendly but as only ones in we could hear some of staff airing grievances and gossiping which was not very professional. Starters a bit uninspiring and bland. I was a bit disappointed as the Sunday roast comes highly rated but this was mediocre.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Amazing food let down by really poor service.

IR
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

An attractive setting and ambience provides a nice location for dining as a couple or with friends. Good menu and reasonable prices however service can be a little slow however given this is a training centre for the University Hospitality Department it can be excused and makes for a relaxing mealtime.

KL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely relaxing lunch. Food was lovely and we were made very welcome. If weather had been better we would have enjoyed a walk in the wonderful grounds. A lovely afternoon.

HS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Faultless service and food. It was the attention to detail which made Wivenhoe House stand out.

MA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here was fantastic, very friendly attentive waiters, making us feel very welcome. My husband and I both had the rib eye steak and it was cooked to perfection, we were very impressed! We would definitely come back and recommend to friends.

PT
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us throughly enjoyed our time; the food, the staff and the location was perfect!

FI
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent Sunday lunch in superb location. Friendly and attentive staff make even better.

TO
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great effort from waiting staff. Special attention to our event (anniversary) led us to a confetti decorated table and a complimentary desert with a chocolate iced message. Terrific touch.
If I have to be critical, Mojitos needed more sugar and mint. Timings on food delivery could have been more thoughtful. Ie. Initial cocktails served with one of the starters and whilst prompt service is good, 5 Mins to get settled with the drinks would have been my preference. In fairness we could have more prescriptive and then I am sure all would have been well.
Other than that all good really.
Not everyone dresses up to go there so don't overdo your attire but on the whole food was good and great value.

JC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Didn’t get our first drinks until our starter arrived. My main course was burnt on the bottom and so over cooked I couldn’t cut into it. Waitress was very friendly and professional. Main building is lovely. Brassiere a little lacking in atmosphere.

CA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch following daughter's graduation. We sat in the beautiful garden. Waiter was charming and provided great service (law student who had just graduated). The chef also provided a plate saying congratulations in chocolate which was a nice touch. Great also to see the establishment taking allergies seriously as my daughter has an egg allergy. Thank you for a lovely experience.

k
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The portions were more than ample they were well presented and tasty.
The staff were very attentive.
I would recommend this restaurant and go back.

c
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at The Brasserie and went to fish Friday and we were impressed with the buffet selection - could go up for seconds. The mains were lovely but a bit of a disappointment following the buffet. The pan fried trout was good but the fried calamari was too greasy as were the fried sweet potatoes which was a shame. The desserts were fabulous - so would have happily just had the buffet and dessert. The service was outstanding - the air condition was set a tad high and in fact would have preferred to sit outside but did not realise it was an option until we left so next time. We have already decided to return but next time just for the restaurant as something different but will go again to Fish Friday but later in year. I thought it was good value for what was available and what we ate.

TD
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We were very disappointed with our visit, to the Brasseries at Wivenhoe.
I had booked the table for 5.30pm as we were going to a Lecture on Campus, which started at 7.30pm. We were not shown to our table before 6.00pm "as they were not ready". So our meal was rushed down as we did not want to be late for the Lecture.
It was Fish Friday, and according to the menu online it stated that the Buffet Starters would include things such as king prawns, and other fish starters.
There were no king prawns and the bowl of prawns that was there looked like it had just been defrosted and plonked into a bowl. Very un-appetizing. the other offerings were very bland and tasteless. There were no, what i would called "Starters", just bowls of un-appetizing, un-appealing bowls of shellfish.
My main course was advertised as Dressed Crab with green beans and new potato salad. So i ordered sweet potato fries to go with it. Imagine my upset when the 'potato salad' turned out to be 8 Boiled Potatoes!! The crabmeat was very dry and there was no dressing/lemon or anything to spruce it up a bit!
All in all, a very disappointing waste of £80!
I would not recommend to anyone else in my family.
Although, the staff there were excellent and very friendly and attentive.

CS
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and food. Wine is also fantastic. I think the best element of this place is the staff, service was impeccable.

PT
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary meal, we loved the food, the people and the place 👍👏👍

G
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friendly location where people pay attention and try hard. The place itself was attractve, the food good and the wine very reasonable. It was however very strange to have to tvs on in the restaurant.

D
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my booking, i added that 1 of my party (me) is on slimming world. When we arrived, it had already been noted and, as it was a sunday, i was advised that the sunday roast potatoes are cooked in oil, the veg has butter and to accommodate, the chef offered me new potatoes instead, no butter on the veg and separated my gravy for me. That made me feel really at ease. We had a great meal (had beef roast - was delish!!), great service ( esp from the sommelier ) and a great time. Will be going back!!!

JW
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable Sunday lunch catching up with old with friends. Enjoyed sitting in lounge area drinking cocktails pre dinner.
We were at our table for over 2 hours and did not feel rushed. The food was excellent as was the service. The house wine was very good and amazing value for money. Overall we had a great dining experience and will definitely return.

JP
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish Friday was excellent - so much choice and generous portions. Staff very efficient and professional.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable evening at the Wivenhoe House restaurant. The service was friendly and the food was wonderful. Well done!

s
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We ordered fish and chips - it was very poor quality - fish was hardly in existence and the chunky chips were not cooked - the second portion given was no better .
I have been to this brasserie on a number of occasions with favourable results .
This last time was going to a different place .
Even the ice cream served up in three flavours was not what it should have been - no smoothness just a chunk which fell apart
So disappointing for me and my guest !

S
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Lunch Club menu, very reasonable, three courses plus coffee. Nice atmosphere, very good service. All in all very good, recommending.

PW
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. The quality nd presentation of the food were excellent. The standard of services was amazing. All in all a great experience and something we will do again

PT
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere was great and staff excellent.

RS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

After pleasant welcome it went downhill service very slow and unfortunately after a main course of king prawns my wife and I were extremely ill next day. Staff were pleasant and courteous. There was also a wedding reception on which may have had a bearing on the slow service.

a
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely location and good range of choices. Very helpful and attentive staff. Many thanks to Lionel who looked after us so well and thoughtfully

CW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really friendly and excellent service. A pleasure to visit

DC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

My table had to wait over one hour between the starter and the main course (the starters took 30 minutes to arrive). My main course was nearly cold and salt pot must have been emptied on the meal.The food was generally mediocre to poor.Not recommended.A pity as the venue is good.

w
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is part of Essex University and you can phone and ask for a table d'hote student prepared menu if you phone up. We tried to do so but our wishes were not understood. Nonetheless we had the a la carte menu which was very good. The ambience is superb and it is not often that you dine in a house which is the subject of a Constable painting.The views are superb and it is very comfortable

MG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lionel was as amazing as always. Lovely atmosphere.

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The setting is great. Most of the meals that we ordered were not exactly what we asked for, eg. the meal ordered with chunky chips came with skinny chips and the caesar ordered without chicken came with chicken. It wasn't a problem but would expect greater attention to detail.

L
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Four of us went for Sundy lunch. We had a lovely meal. Good friendly service. Unfortunately the poor waitress spilt a tray of drinks over my wife. Apart from that it was very good.

PT
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out as a family for Sunday dinner and thoroughly enjoyed everything about our dining experience.

CH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and the service excellent. I would recommend.

OT
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love coming to Wivenhoe House , I am never disappointed.

EK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Stunning venue with good local/seasonal food that is perfect for a posh Sunday Lunch

RM
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Basically we turned up on a Friday to find that “fish Friday” was a £40 a head set menu 😩 We didn’t have time to go anywhere else so basically ended up paying £180 for dinner for 4 when all we wanted was a light dinner. The food was fine but incredibly overpriced for what it was. Fish (sea bass and fish cake) were dry... we have not been to the WH Brasserie for a few years and I’d be skeptical about just turning up on spec again in case there was some other high priced set menu with no other choice. Actually wished we had walked out and gone elsewhere but we were up against the clock. Really disappointing overall although when the waiter wasn’t flirting with the other staff the service was friendly and pretty good!!

VG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice reasonably priced cocktails, beef lovely but poor portions of meat, 3 tiny thin slices of beef with 4 giant roast potatoes to fill the plate and an under cooked parsnip, Yorkshire pudding was lovely! Staff were great and couldn't do enough to help so thank you, I would go back but order something different.

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