Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 5.28mi
  2. Distance: 43.36mi
  3. Distance: 46.85mi
  4. Distance: 48.49mi
  1. Distance: 5.28mi
  2. Distance: 43.36mi
  3. Distance: 46.85mi
  4. Distance: 48.49mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 5.28mi
  2. Distance: 43.36mi
  3. Distance: 46.85mi
  4. Distance: 48.49mi
  1. Distance: 5.28mi
  2. Distance: 43.36mi
  3. Distance: 46.85mi
  4. Distance: 48.49mi

About The Crown - Colchester

The Crown in Colchester is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, book a table online and enjoy some quality time with those you love the most.

After the siege of Colchester in 1648, Parliamentary soldiers came looking for John Wenlock, a loyalist who had long suffered for his support of Charles I. When they eventually found him, he was hauled to the Crown Inn, where he was brought before the rest of the troopers and their commander-in-chief who were lodged there.

Our impressive black and white timbered inn with its pretty gardens dates to at least 1648. It's near Ardleigh Reservoir - a lovely walking area - and is a popular stop off for travellers from Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh
Colchester
Colchester, Essex CO7 7QR
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
International

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 23:00

Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01206 231946

Website:
http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/content/vintage-inn/en/restaurants/east/thecrowncolchester

Additional:
Bar Dining, Fireplace

The Crown - Colchester Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.3

service

3.5

ambience

3.8

value

3.5

69% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (3)
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Good for a Date (2)
Lunch (2)
Authentic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasions (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romance (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Essex)·Dined on 27 November 2016

Kind and friendly staff.

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·Dined on 26 July 2017

Lovely this venue. Never had a bad meal here but what really always lets this place down in the lack of staff. Waiting just over 5 mins at the bar with no staff around. Got seated at our table and took about 20 mins for a waitress to come up to take our order. Other then that a lovely place.
Please get more staff. This has happened several times now.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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food3
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 (Essex)·Dined on 11 July 2017

The middle section is by far the best on a Tuesday and Thursday because of the brilliant waitress - head and shoulders above everyone else!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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service2
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

One of the four meals was a substitute and very poor quality and value.

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 (Kent)·Dined on 26 March 2017

overall good value for money, service a little slow but understandable given how busy it was and my meal could have been hotter! but I would go there again

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 20 October 2016

Lovely warm and inviting family pub experience. Food is really nice and well presented. Service was rather slow and our starters were not cleared before our mains arrived. This is not a criticism of the hard work the staff were doing but relevant to our experience on this occasion as staffing appeared low. Didn't put us off and would go again.

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service1
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very slow service. Dessert took 45 mins. Not offered the meal deal. Venison sausages dry and overcooked. Disappointed.

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 (Essex)·Dined on 10 November 2017

The services was top class, couldn’t fault our waitress in anyway. However the food was such poor quality to the point I got halfway through my main and just left it as it took my appetite away completely. I had the garlic chibata with cheese which was just nasty. Then the pizza for main, the base was thinner than paper, to the point the cheese was thicker, the chicken was like sawdust it was so dry.

Nice restuart setting, good staff but food was so poor! I wouldn’t return in a rush when the rovers tye down the road has much nicer food plus 40% off mains on a regular basis.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on 24 September 2017

My wife and I have been to this restaurant several times before but on this occasion we very very disappointed where as before we have enjoyed a lovely meal but on this occasion it was very disappointing, for a start the beer I ordered tasted very bitter and had to ask for it to be replaced no apology was made only a comment "maybe the Barrell needs changing ".
When our main course arrived the waitress was amazed that I should ask for warm plates instead of the cold ones we were given, also the vegetables were cold,dry & a very little portion,trying to attract the attention of a member of staff was impossible so we just carried on eating what we could.
After our meal we were asked by our waiter "was everything alright "I replied no and explained about how our meal was and we had not enjoyed it, the reply was "sorry about that" and off he walked.
I tried to find a senior member of staff to complain about our experience but one was not available, I then paid the bill left never to return unless an apology is received,

Tags: Authentic
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 (Essex)·Dined on 5 December 2016

Having used the Crown for the last 15 years this was the worst experience I have had. The quality of the food was very poor, for my starter I had a prawn cocktail but what arrived was some old limp lettuce with a few partly frozen prawns and sauce. Historically this used to be presented in a glass with fresh lettuce and topped with a King Prawn. The service was extremely slow, having sat down at 1 pm we were unable to leave until 3.30 which I feel is too long for a business lunch. There didn't seem to be enough staff on duty and only one barman to serve on arrival causing large queues for drinks. Unless there is a change to the better I will not use this franchise again.

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