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The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.3
170 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Sunday 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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Special Events & Promotions
We have a full events programme running all year including Murder Mysteries, Sommelier evenings and more. Please refer to our website for our latest programme.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Menu de Lionel: Six courses with welcome cocktail £45pp

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 27 March 2018

Ends: 31 May 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-21:00

What 170 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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2.0Dined on 12 May 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 2 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Wonderful service, lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

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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1.0Dined on 11 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

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

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2.0Dined on 10 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 7 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

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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1.0Dined on 20 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 19 January 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

The staff were friendly and welcoming. Service was very good and the food was tasty. I would only say that more than two pieces of toast could be served with the terrine. We asked for more and got them with no problem but more in the first place would be better.

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

First off I would like to say that the food and the service was amazing! The only thing I can say which really really disappointed me was the bread, it seemed like slice your own from Asda and when it came with the starter no effort was made. It's not a big deal but when you are getting cheese etc I would of loved a selection of hot and cold breads.

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1.0Dined on 22 December 2017

This was a family meal, two adults and two children. The ambience was ruined by a very noisy party at the bar, which is actually in the restaurant.
Having ordered starters from the menu the waitress returned to apologise that what we had ordered was not available so we had to choose different starters (we were only charged for the starters that we actually wanted as these were slightly cheaper - a very good point). However, three of us had the 'Petite Camembert - baked in white wine & garlic, crusty bread' - What we actually got on our plates was a mini whole Camembert, baked just as it was with no white wine or garlic present and a couple of pieces of soft bread, not crusty at all. The plate was very plain with no decoration at all, unlike the website photos.
It then got worse as unfortunately the medium rare steak that I had ordered had to be returned as it was actually so well done it was burnt. Whilst a completely new meal was prepared and bought to me it obviously meant that I had to eat alone as the others in the party had finished their meals before my replacement was ready. The vegetables on my wife fish dish were burnt but she decided to just leave them rather than wait for a new meal to be prepared. The replacement steak was better but still had a very over-cooked end to it and seemed to have a 'peppercorn' finish to it that was not on the menu? The price of the steak was removed from the bill by the waitress.
For wine I had ordered a Côtes du Rhône, Laudun, Château Courac 2012 from the menu at £34 a bottle. The bottle was opened and two glasses poured, the wine was very nice but, not convinced, I looked at the bottle only to find that it was a of 2014 Côtes du Rhône Villages. When I explained this to the waitress she spoke to the bar manager who apparently said, sorry it's new stock but it's all the same anyway...!
We decided not to have desserts, paid the bill (nearly £150) and left.

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3.0Dined on 22 December 2017

The front door staff were not attentive , we have to wait before somebody come and tell us where to go

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, the staff were all first rate. The food was outstanding, packed full of fresh flavours, clean ingredients and made by people who care. The restaurant is clean and welcoming, it doesn’t have a cosy charm to it but during a busy dining session, not once did I feel intruded upon or claustrophobic. I came for a Christmas meal with my friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time, it felt like we were only there 5 minutes and yet we had managed to while away the entire afternoon without a care in the world. It is not the cheapest by any stretch of the imagination but it is thoroughly worth it! Thank you Wivenhoe House

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5.0Dined on 12 December 2017

Beautiful food, staff and atmosphere. I would highly recommend, and will be going back very soon

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4.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Fish Friday is a lovely way to eat on a Friday evening. A great selection of starters from the buffet include everything from soup, pates, prawns etc -you help yourself to as much as you want and can return if still hungry.
The mains are mainly fish dishes with one meat dish or vegetarian options available. There are a number of different fishes to choose from.
The wine list is good and if you want something special just ask Lionel for his recommendation.

3 courses for £35 including a glass of prosecco is good value.

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5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

We attended, once again, for the Fabulous Fish Friday evening.
A terrific menu, and the selection of the help yourself starter was exceptional.
Overall, the restaurant takes some beating, but this special evening focus is really great value as well.

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5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Four of us attended the monthly Fish Friday Special last week. We had been a few months before and were impressed by the food and the service so were keen to return. We were not disappointed, this second visit was as good as the first.
Excellent food and service at a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Have had great experiences in the past but on this occasion the staff let themselves down. Drinks order was wrong twice but corrected. Although the restaurant was relatively quiet the waiter seemed in a rush. The main course came out cold and had to be returned. I will use it again a few weeks in the hope that this was a one off.

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5.0Dined on 15 November 2017

Always an enjoyable evening with delicious food with a well managed front of house service.

Hve become regular diners at the Brasserie.

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