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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.
Colchester, Essex CO7 7QR
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30
£25 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Fireplace
The Crown - Colchester Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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,
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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