The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.3
181 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
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.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 181 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
21 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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KK
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good, but we felt rushed. No sooner had we sat down we were asked if we would like drinks, before we’d even looked at the menu. Had we had a few moments we wound have noticed half a bottle of wine was included and not ordered other drinks at that time. Soon after we were asked to order our meal, this came and as soon as we’d finished our main course came. Then as soon as that was finished they asked if we wanted dessert and coffee. We asked to wait a few minutes but were watched by serving staff so ordered our dessert. Coffee came before our desserts so we asked for it to be taken away and brought at the end. This spoilt the experience as the food was very good, but we couldn’t fully enjoy it.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a starter and main for Sunday lunch. Both of which were of a high standard. Only complaint was the gravy was watery.
No complaints re. staff and ambience. Enjoyable meal.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service, in a cosy and trendy environment. Thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary here!

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GM
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good experience, but a few minor grumbles about the food. To be worth these prices, the food needs to be spot-on, not just 'good'.

The two main dishes we had, pork and trout, were both perfectly cooked and generous portions. No grumbles there. But I ordered a side dish of carrots: they had not been washed or trimmed (maybe this is trendy? goodness knows why) and were overcooked - soft and bendy. Waste of £3.50. My wife ordered "chips" as a side and got large roasted wedges instead. We had a trio of mini deserts, two of which were gorgeous, but the third (and largest of the three) was a rather tasteless and rubbery (seemed re-heated) brownie.

Service was impeccable and the ambience is perfect for private conversation (quiet, but not too quiet, and ample space between tables).

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U
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We booked a table for three for Sunday lunch, although the starters were fine we waited a very long time for our main meal, rib of beef, despit the restaurant not being busy. We enquired when we would be served from several staff but we didn’t feel our enquiry was taken seriously.
When the food arrived the beef was over cooked to the extend that it was blackened and hardly edible, it is normal practice with beef to ask the customer how they like it cooked, rare, medium rare or well done, we were not given this option. The meat we were served was unacceptable. The Roast Potatoes had clearly been cooked some hours earlier and were ‘sad’, the Yorkshire Pudding was not freshly cooked but appeared to be from a pre cooked commercial source.
After we asked for our bill from one member of staff another staff member enquired whether we would like to see the desert menu.
The service was poor, no one seeming to have an oversight of our table. The food was very disappointing and certainly not worth the cost. The venue is lovely , but unfortunately we were placed in a side room, partially behind a curtain, with no view, this despite the fact that several tables in the main room were unoccupied.

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B
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First class. Very impressed. Look forward to eating out doors in the summer

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

My wife ordered steak which was very dry and hard to cut
we hat to go and get a steak knife from one of the waiters so that she could cut it, order source to come with the steak but no source arrived The fries were the same
Are you getting McDonald’s
I ordered the haddock and chips,

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JG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful!
My husband & his twin celebrated with a meal for 7.
The Maître d’ was wonderfully accommodating.
The food was delicious & we were able to select a nice wine.
Highly recommended- we’re coming back next week as so impressed!

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KE
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always great and menu is constantly changing. Staff are all extremely helpful friendly and knowledgeable.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant evening, interesting menu, tasty, well presented food, friendly & efficient staff.

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K
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It may have been snowing outside but the restaurant was welcoming and provided a good quality Sunday lunch in line with a 4 star hotel brasserie. The service was fine and as a family we enjoyed our meal.

We are going back soon and have booked a room in the hotel as well.

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PB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Menu descriptions were stretching credulity. Missing ingredients with no explanation. No desire to inquire if we had a problem.Overpriced puffery. Stonewall on the email that I sent to Wivenhoe House later, to point these things out.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant for a business meal and for going out with friends. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Great food

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