The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.1
194 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast

Monday - Friday: 7am - 9:30am
Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 10:30am
Lunch
Monday - Sunday: 12am - 5pm
Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 9:15pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 9:45pm
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Phone number
01206 863666
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Simon Morris
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Parking Details
Parking is available for up to 150 vehicles
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Public Transit
Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 194 People Are Saying
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MP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good venue, pleasant surroundings. Pleasant helpful staff. Adequate parking facilities. Will be returning for future occasions.

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B
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive staff. Friendly warm atmosphere and grest food.

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F
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I had two 'specials' apple and celeriac soup and salmon with rice. The soup tasted predominantly of stock, not the delicate flavours of apple and celeriac. The rice was tasteless and the salmon overcooked. My partner had fish and chips with grilled fish. The chips were good but again the fish was overcooked and dry.

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AE
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dining experience and knowledgeable and friendly staff in pleasant setting.
Would go again and would recommend

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DC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Family meal for my mum's 75th. Mussels were overcooked and with many broken shells - meaning a lot of sharp shrapnel in them. We mentioned this to the waiter but got no feedback from anyone so assume he didn't pass it on.

Waiter didn't know the menu - this is basic service skill.

Desserts were superb as was the roast - everything else was so-so and nothing special.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice meal with friendly staff. The meat eaters in our party had plenty of choice though limited for myself being vegetarian.

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S
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time here despite only living 1 mile away. We came here as part of our 23rd wedding anniversary on sunday 5th August 2018. We had drinks at the bar before sitting down to the three course menu and a bottle of wine between two. The service was impeccable and the food was first class (although the roast beef was too fatty for my wife and she left half of hers). The staff were extremely attentive and made us feel very welcome (I understand this is a training venue for the university). The costs were reasonable for a place of this class. We will definately be back and probably as a larger group with family and friends next time.
A little gem that needs more promoting to realise the full potential. Thank you all for making our anniversary a little bit more special.

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g
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor service, totally forgot about us the whole evening as they were busy with a wedding.

Plates stacked up besides us from other tables, the table behind was full of empty glasses.

Food was late and took 3 attempts at getting the staffs attention

Food was good when it finally came, been here over 6 times with no problems before

Poor show Wivenhoe House

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BW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for the Fish Friday, and had a lovely meal. The staff were attentive, the meal was very good and well worth the money.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, polite and helpful staff. Could have had another vegetarian option on the Sunday lunch menu. Food very tasty though.

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C
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent friendly and efficient service. Food presented to a very high standard with a good choice.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was professional, welcoming and friendly.
Food was very good. Staff had no problem accomodating a different choice of omelette rather than the one on the menu - thank you for that.
Restaurant clean, tidy and seating arrangements perfect.
Will book again!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal for a 60th birthday. Staff were lovely and went above and beyond to make the evening special.

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting for our daughter’s graduation celebration lunch. Good food and wine list, great attentive service and excellent value.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was lovely but the service was extremely slow.
A lot of staff walking backwards and forwards across restaurant but not very attentive
Shame as otherwise very good

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SM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brasserie at Wivenhoe house is always exceptional. The food is delicious and well prepared. Such attention to detail both with the food and from staff is unusual these days. We would always choose it for a special occasion even though it is a little more expensive. Beautiful old building, quiet and sophisticated. Dining at its best.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Quite expensive for what it is though. Definitely will come back though. Staff very friendly.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant and bar area with a good atmosphere. Modern, fresh décor and very polite and friendly staff. Food was very good.
Outside area was extremely pleasant and the grounds lovely.
Had a quick look at the function room as passing through and looked ideal for a large function or sectioned off for small parties or conferences.

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PA
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was well below normal expectations. The steak and venison burger was very tough and my colleague had the battered fish and said it was OK but mot great. Service great. Great venue. Food is normally much better.

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KB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sunday lunch and nice to sit outside for a drink

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CL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as usual. Impeccable service. Would recommend.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been dining at The Brasserie at Wivenhoe Hotel since it opened. The whole experience of dining here is excellent due to the management of the staff who are in training.
The students who work in the Hotel have a vested interest in ensuring the dining experience is as good as they can make it.
I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes good food, good service and polite and attentive staff.

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m
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Staff were on average good, but the food left a lot to be desired.
French onion soup was the worst I have ever tasted. The steak was not cooked as I requested and was sent back and I waited 5/10 minutes for a replacement, which meant that my guests had almost finished their meal by the time mine arrived . As you can gather we will not be going back.

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ER
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food. Presentation 1st Class. Ambience and surroundings Fabulous especially on such a lovely sunny warm day. Good value for money. Our friends were so impressed they want to go again and bring friends and family.

PLEASE PASS ON OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION TO ALL STAFF CONCERNED.

Will be back again very soon.

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H
Essex
26 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lionel is a personality!
Booked again on spec yesterday, and arrived at the somewhat confusing uni campus but found my way with good signposting.
I last visited this building 30 years ago for a training conference, wow has it changed.
Walking through the building signage to the restaurant could have been a little bigger.
The restaurant itself is partly a training environment for students, and my traineee was very sweet if a tiny bit quiet.
The menu is separate from the main menu and is Lionels own creation reflecting his past.
The waiter had a few gaps in his knowledge (trainer not trainee) but he was very good obtaining the info.
The amuse bouche was a delicious mushroom aranchini.
Starter was a smoked chicken and ham hock terrine. Quite chunky but very nice, could have done with a bit more dressing as the toast was Melba like so all a bit dry.
Then came a palate cleanser of a lemon sorbet with lime vodka. Very nice bit moreish.
The main was a whole trout, I love trout but couldn’t remember why I hadn’t had it in ages, then it arrived and wow lots of filleting to do. No choking so bonus there. The fish was gorgeous the butter sauce just buttery. The potatoes were odd, tiny bullet shaped and crunchy, quite odd by nice.
Then came a strawberry cocktail as a pre dessert.
The dessert itself were profiteroles, well made nicely creamed but a cold sauce would have been a little nicer with heated sauce.
Overall a lovely experience and venue lots of bonuses to the experience and a good feeling that you are involved in training.
Lionel does like to check up n you to see that you are enjoying the meal.

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PT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing special about the food and expensive for what it was.

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CL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My friend and I both had the Dingley Dell Pork rib eye. It was disappointing. The meat was chewy and a little fatty. Not as good as I've come to expect from the Brassier. Will come again but will avoid the pork. Also, the dessert was not good value for money. Very small.

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CL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. I was a bit disappointed the trout didn't come with potatoes and veg. Having to order extras made the meal quite expensive.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A slow start at the bar due to barman very busy. However once seated the service was good and food lovely

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fantastic night celebrating our anniversary here. The food was excellent and the we received fantastic service throughout, with the staff being attentive without being intrusive.

The table decorations and the complementary dessert to celebrate our anniversary at the end of the meal were much appreciated and helped to make a special evening even more enjoyable.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food, not bad value for the quality but we felt a little rushed and it wasn’t busy so don’t know why

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IA
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had some amazing food this weekend. Seafood Friday it was amazing such a selection of food and the main meals work cooked to perfection Saturday night food was also amazing which we complimented with many cocktails the staff and food are outstanding in both professionalism and knowledge this is our 4th visit to Wivenhoe House Hotel and we will certainly be back again

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EB
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waiters were attentive but not intrusive. Efficient service both in the evening and at breakfast time.
Disappointed that only Sunday Roast was available for Monday evening, but it was very good.

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CL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfection on a plate. Couldn't fault food or service. Well done and keep up the good work! Will be back without a doubt.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch overall a nice experience. Don’t know why I was asked online what we were celebrating. It was my birthday and nothing was mentioned about that during the meal.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed for our anniversary and was in the Winter Package. This included afternoon tea, Dinner , Bed and breakfast. We had a fabulous time. the staff were amazing and the food great!

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i
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be returning.

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E
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, and the Happy Birthday message in chocolate & strawberries was a lovely personal touch !

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been several times now and have never been disappointed. A real gem of a place.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, had a lovely lunch with friends. Like the new decor but find the TV's un-necessary,
I prefer the fine dining look rather than trying to incorporate a bar/pub feeling!

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