The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.4
431 reviews
£26 to £40
British
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 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 431 People Are Saying
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RoyF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a friendly welcome and service in one of NE Essex’s best venues. Excellent value and reassuringly Covid-safe.

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DivyaK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was delicious. Plus the presentation was beautiful. I will definitely eat here again.

EH
EmmaH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, staff very polite will definitely be back.

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SteveS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Wivenhoe House Hotel is a hidden gem. The menu may be limited but the quality is first rate. The staff are attentive and helpful. The complimentary starters are a nice touch. It is great value fr money. Highly Recommended.

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Darcey
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was very good, warm, welcoming and attentive.
This did make up for the food which sadly was not particularly to the level of personal expectation. The house the brasserie is set in is lovely so you enter the building with high expectations.

My husband and I ate from the festive menu. The starters were very small, about three mouthfuls.
The mains were on the small side too, particularly the pork cutlet my husband had. This was a shame as the actual presentation was lovely.

It was the vegetables that let the mains down as they were simply undercooked for my taste. I understand it was opening night after lockdown two, but I couldn’t get my knife through the sprouts or parsnips. The roast potatoes needed to have more ‘roast’ to them they tasted nice but had no crispy outsides. The lemon tart tasted like a baked egg custard which was disappointing as it was presented attractively.
The blank dining table (due to Covid) just did not make me feel special. Call me old fashioned but I like to sit at a dressed table with a cloth, cutlery, a napkin (not paper) and glasses. I understand this now can’t be due to Covid rules but it does take the magic out of eating out.
The staff though, did really try hard and were very welcoming, particularly the manager. If the food could match the service this restaurant would be a regular haunt for me and no doubt people would be hard-pushed to get a table.

So please, if you read this management, have a word with the chef, slightly larger starter portions, cook the veggies a bit longer and maybe invest in disposable table cloths just so it doesn’t feel like a kitchen table. Keep the service as it is and then you’ve nailed it!

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JOHN
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Reasonable selection, even some vegan options. The food is very good quality and there is a good selection of wines. This is not fine dining but the utilisation of Uni students in the Brasserie is a very good idea. The value is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent. Despite Covid restrictions they managed to make us feel very special for our anniversary. One of the best roasts I have ever had. Huge portions and absolutely delicious.

SM
SharonM
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful place in lovely surroundings. Food was excellent & service was second to none. Would certainly recommend and will definitely return. Only downfall and this is nothing against the Hotel, just unfortunately in these strange times we are faced with there was not a lot of ambience.

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MurrayW
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant experience, the attention to detail from the waiter was incredibly impressive.
The food was excellent value for money and the restaurant is well laid out to ensure easy social distancing. Will certainly be back soon!

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Cole
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and value for money will definitely be returning in the near future

CM
CathalM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal. My wife and I had £25 menu which was great value 3 courses plus bread and olives, tea and coffee. We enjoyed it all. Our 7 year old had nice fish and chips. Great service and not too busy on a Monday evening. We would come here again.

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Essex5678
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food Service Ambience and Value for Money, Highly recommend!

MT
MartinT
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying the weekend at the hotel so decided to eat in on the Saturday night having the Brasserie meal at £25 per person. The whole experience was joyful - the staff were attentive, friendly and efficient, each course was delicious and the atmosphere was very relaxed and informal. Couldn't recommend it highly enough - a lovely evening.

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Angel57
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, excellent value. Good Covid precautions.

DW
DebbieW
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and food was delicious.😊Lovely Hotel..

TD
TinaD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food great polite friendly staff
Constantly checking on us

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Ngaire
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Lovely food, good service but the restaurant lacks ambience. It reminds me of a work canteen.
For such a large place the brasserie should be a much posher restaurant.
I would come again though.

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tylerz
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service, would highly recommend! Only thing I would change is the chairs are very uncomfortable but apart from that it was a perfect evening.

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Eatlocal
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal and options...starters, dessert and a main of salmon were excellent, burger a littler overcooked. Lack of petit four with the coffee as advertised but we were full so didn't mind!

CL
CarolL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been here many times and it’s one of my favourite places to go. Excellent service and delicious food.

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clairea
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Wivenhoe House Brasserie the food as always was good and the service as always of a very high standard.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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RalphH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

An enjoyable lunch. A little on the chilly side with a change in the weather, a breezy draught from somewhere.

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Marsbar
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always! Great place, great staff, great food. Very easy for a wheelchair user and always immaculate.

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Peterg
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent Gluten free fish and chips
Excellent service
Just a bit overpriced

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Very nice and very COVID aware which was really good.

EH
EmilyH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a lovely time and food at Wivenhoe house. Thank you

KC
vipKevinC
Essex
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good service and the food was first class. Limited menu because of Covid, but fantastic value. Very nice evening out!

MB
MazB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon tea! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very efficient service, lovely relaxed atmosphere and fabulous food.

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AndrewB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very enjoyable evening as always :)

Looking forward to being back there very soon!

Kelly

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Mercedes123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, felt very safe as tables had canopies Either side
Great service, staff really helpful and polite
Really enjoyed our lunch and prosecco

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TraceyH
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I was disappointed when we arrived as I booked this breakfast for our 30th wedding anniversary, asked for to glasses of Prosecco with breakfast. When we arrived no tables laid up, it all seemed we were just a walk in or a after fault Not what I expected for an anniversary breakfast

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NickP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel. The food, service and ambience were very good and the bill proved to be very reasonable. Will certainly go again.

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. All ready booked to go back. We had a lovely time

PM
PaulaM
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service friendly attentive staff great food and lovely terrace. Endless supply of Bottomless Prosecco great value for money Definitely will going back

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SteveF
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant, food was good and the set lunch menu was excellent value. Staff were very friendly and attentive, especially Lucy.

Would recommend and hope to return in the near future.

PB
PeteB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely setting, good choice on the lunchtime menus. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food and the service was extremely professional, particularly under the current restrictions. Would definitely go again

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CarolL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not a good choice on the menu. My main meal was tiny.

TC
TeresaC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff, very good social distancing so felt very comfortable
Not rushed during meal or stay at restaurant

FAQs

The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01206 863666.

The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.