The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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JP
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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.

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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!

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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 !

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

Really friendly and excellent service. A pleasure to visit

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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.

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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

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

Lionel was as amazing as always. Lovely atmosphere.

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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.

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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.

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PT
Essex
3 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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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!!

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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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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Sunday lunch was lovely, roast beef especially

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SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was a very quiet sitting on the Friday night we were there - possibly due to a large wedding being catered for - but you wouldn't have known about it in the restaurant.

The staff were all lovely - maybe a bit too attentive but do appreciate it was quiet in the restaurant. Only downside on food - we order a side of carrots and already had carrots with our mains. But literally that's all we can grumble about. Great value and some lovely food! Would definitely go back!

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v
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dinner was had with our Canadian relatives and they were very impressed with the ambience of the place the standard of food and particularly the friendliness and efficiency of the staff.

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ME
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very With food and the service
also the staffs was very friendly and helped

We will back

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JR
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Staff bring a trolley with a hotplate and frying pan a fry garlic prawns in front if the diner unfortunatley they place the table right close to other guesteating there food. I had to ask one waiter to move away from me as he was so close i would have got oil splattered up my shirt, this happened again and the next waiter refused to move so i had to get up in the middle of my meal take my jacket off the back of my chair while he carried out the cooking. When i went to return to my chair there was oil droppingson the chair so staff had to change the chair. I spoke to the manager and he was far from helpfull We will never go back to this place because of this which is a shame because the food was good.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Radio music from kitchen doesn’t set a good ambience , our starter was forgotten , main meal was ok if a little cold for my liking . No salt in salt sellars or all clogged up couldn’t decide

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AN
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First visit, very enjoyable. Food was excellent. Will definitely come again.

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PT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was second to none, everyone was really attentive and so accommodating. The food was amazing and can’t wait to come back.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The setting and grounds are beautiful the Restaurant rather austere. Sunday's menu could do with the addition of a couple of more dishes. particularly the Vegetarian choice. Overall it was value for money

Service both at the Bar and table was excellent

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LD
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff were attentive and welcoming. Also very knowledgable with dietary requirements.
The food was lovely although a nice gluten free dessert would’ve an added bonus.

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BR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful evening. All staff friendly and welcoming. Clean and a wonderful meal. Well certainly go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

1. I was disappointed in the web site arrangements for booking the meal. This was a meal to celebrate a birthday, yet I was not asked if the reason for it was special or why. When a meal was booked for my birthday last year, it was made over the telephone and the results were far superior.
The ambience was therefore disappointing.

2. The service was excellent, as usual and we were well greeted by the staff, both senior and junior, but the meal was unremarkable. The meat used for my beef stew meal could have been better better quality or better prepared. I found a considerable amount of inedible sinew and fat on it.

3. The menu choice was also very reduced. There were several choices of burgers, but other main meal choices were limited. Those of us who prefer to eat midday, want a proper choice of meals, whereas the menu was, other than steak, fish and chips and stew, mainly snacks.

Sorry guys, you slipped a bit!

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TH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic, and the food was delicious. My meal in particular was great, but others in my party were less satisfied. The location is wonderful, and I know from previous visits that it's so nice to sit outside and eat on a lovely day.

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