The Barn

4.3
515 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Welcome to the award-winning Barn Brasserie. Our stunningly-restored 500 year-old Grade Two listed restaurant has a reputation for excellent food, fantastic service and amazing value. Tucked away in the picturesque rolling north Essex countryside, and yet just five minutes from the main A12 close to Colchester, the Barn is open seven days a week serving light lunches and dinner. We also offer a Private Dining facility, and seminar room.

Our extensive yet carefully selected menus are designed to match the beautiful and stylish surroundings. Food is cooked to order and to your individual taste and requirements by our expert and experienced team of chefs. Fresh meat, fish and vegetables, sourced from the very best suppliers are used to create a range of dining experiences catering for every taste. Whatever the occasion, the Barn Brasserie team promises to make your visit with us not just an enjoyable one, but a memorable one
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm, Afternoon Tea & Coffee 12pm - 4.30pm, Dinner 6pm - 9pm
Saturday: 9am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 9am-4pm
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Phone number
01206 212345
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Contact
Events Team: 01206 212345
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Parking Details
We offer free ample on site parking.
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Entertainment
Every Friday night live Pianist
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 515 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service needs to be sharper. We were left for 20 minutes before we could place our order and that only happened because I collared a waiter. I did notice two of the senior waiters just chatting near the entrance not focusing. After that it was good: I think something was said.

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KC
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food once again. Great value.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a return to a restaurant that we used to regularly frequent and we were not disappointed by either the food or the service the only negative for the beer drinkers in our group was that there was no draft beer on offer something that perhaps could be looked at as there used to be draft beers on offer. All in all a good evening and a venue which I am sure we will be visiting again

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FT
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the Atmosphere, the presentation of food, the very happy, friendly waitress. Plenty of choice & was delivered quite quickly after ordering.
Main Course, the food could have been hotter, the plates were cold so assume that they were not warmed at any time.
Liked the ambiance of The Barn.

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KC
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again very good food and value for money

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A
Cornwall
9 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, friendly and beautiful food

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NP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was very busy and the waitresses where rushed off of their feet so the service was not quite as good as it has previously been. I had a slight problem with my main course and this was quickly addressed. This will not deter us and we will return again

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday and used our tastecard. Great value for money, friendly staff. Food was great - I would recommend the whole Lobster and my husband enjoyed his steak. The house champagne was lovely too!

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J
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I ordered a prawn and avacado salad, 5 prawns, no avacado at all and no dressing on the leaves, so it was just leaves really. It was Christmas so I understand they are very busy. The pudding was not great either although my husband enjoyed his starter and pudding. Very nice staff.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

went for breakfast on christmas eve and food as good as ever with friendly courteous staff but a bit let down at the breakfast coming out at completely different times with two of the party of four halfway through their breakfast after of course waiting a whike for the other two to come as indeeed courtesey demands. also could not get the attention of anyone to highlight this. Otherwise as good as always.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is the second time we have been. Don't get me wrong the food is amazing and the place is stunning but this wasn't the best experience considering the first time that was faultless.
Again your coffee machine is not working a month after our first visit where again it was not working?! so had to choose different drinks.
To be fair it was busy but no way packed to the rafters but the food took a while to come and the toast came a good 5 mins after the breakfast then it wasn't toasted and had to wait to get a waitresses attention to get some butter. I know they are only little things but the first Experiance all this was spot on and the service the young man gave us is the reason we came back as he was great at his job and showed he cared.
But the thing that really annoyed me I'll be honest is after ordering a pot of tea with our breakfast a waitress came round with jugs of coffee and tea and offered one to us clearly giving the impression that this was a kind gesture so we said ok and had two very small cups of tea I even then joked with my partner if they better not charge for that!!! But when I received the bill you actually charged £2 per cup for what was clearly presented to us as a complimentary tea. I have just got back from gleneagles hotel in Scotland one of the best and most expensive hotels in the world and they did not even charge me £2 for a bog standard cup of tea so very annoyed and surprised by that would you also charge for a tap water or to heat a babies bottle up?!
We will be back but thought I would be honest of the service and hidden charges we experienced.

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NW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue, fantastic food and attentive staff too. Brilliant.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having a wonderful lunch with fiends, I did not hesitate to book straight away for a pre Christmas Celebration.
Excellent on all counts

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d
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinner. Went with an old girlfriend had the fish platter to share for our starter. I had the chicken friend had the lamb all were excellent... With only 5. Weeks till Christmas the barn was decorated beautifully for the festive season and we had the pianist playing which was an added bonus.. Perfect night out

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time and the food was great celebrating my birthday good value for money using the tastecard

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue combined with good food ,excellent service and live entertainment made it a great evening
Thoroughly recommend Barn

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L
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Large party With a total spend of over £400 for my 21st birthday and from the off the service was extremely poor. It was as if they didn't know we were coming. There was no one there to greet and seat us, and the whole thing was so unorganised. You had to go into the main barn to order drinks, which was not made clear upon booking. With a disabled mother and a heavily pregnant guest this was inconvenient. Food-we were limited to one pathetic slice of bread each and when guests asked for more they were looked at with disgust and only 'allowed' what was left in 'our' pot. 3 people maybe got some. Failing to ask if we're ready or seated starters were served. The menu was on the table and was the same I'd pre ordered from. However when we got our main meals, half the guests were missing the sides and toppings. When we asked the waiter he was just confused- not his fault as he was clearly under trained. Manager eventually just brought what was missing on a separate plate after everyone has basically finished eating. No apology just 'who had the chicken' as if it was unreasonable to ask for what you're paying for. Absolutely no attempt was made to rectify the situation. After dessert a few members decided to order coffees which came half full and were under the impression these were a complimentary item as no additional cost was stated on the menu. When they asked for more to make one full cup they were charged for 2 coffees. I ended up have to go and find him myself, as if he was avoiding our party. I spoke him about the above issues and he couldn't have cared less. Gave no eye contact, or apology, or suggestion to rectify. I asked to have the coffees removed from
The bill and he did so gritting his teeth. He half served another customer whilst I was talking to him which is extremely rude. It was the most unwelcome and poor experience I have ever had. I certainly WILL NOT BE RETURING. Thanks for RUINING MY 21st birthday.

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M
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We chose The Barn for our son's 18th Birthday, meeting his Aunt and Uncle, who had travelled down from Melton Mowbray for the occasion, on site.
We were greeted pleasantly and offered the choice of whether to sit at the table or the bar. We chose the bar as The Aunt & Uncle hadn't arrived. We weren't advised whether we needed to order at the bar or whether someone would come and take an order.
The lady who greeted us (who was very pleasant) asked if we would like to see the childrens' menu for our son as it was available up the age of 14! We laughed that one off.
As no-one came for a drinks order I went to the bar and ordered drinks. The young lady preparing a gin and tonic overfilled the glass while adding tonic and poured the excess away, thereby wasting some of the gin.
We were offered to the table and we sat.
The staff were all very polite and personable.
starters ok.
Main courses -
Lamb - overcooked
Fish and chops - overcooked
Swordfish - raw in the middle
Lobster - not very much meat for a main meal.
Burger - fine
No-one offered to take away the other meals while the swordfish was taken away and a new piece cooked, so Uncle was eating his main meal after everyone else had finished.
No offer was made for any reduction in price or of drinks in reparation for an uncooked meal.
We weren't asked if we wanted any vegetables and no-one asked if we wanted any more drinks until we had finished the meal. However the water glasses were filled regularly, someone appearing and pouring without asking. Why not just leave a jug on the table.

All in all, lovely surroundings spoiled by disappointing service and food.
We won't rush back.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Barn is one of our favourite places to eat out.

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d
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The barn is one of my favourite places to eat, never had I had a poor meal.. Sadly on this occasion I did.. Order the duck which was a little tough.. The barn always offer sorbet Inbeween starter and main.. Sadly we were forgotten on this occasion when we raised it with the staff it was shrugged off only for us to receive it just before our coffee which was strange to say the least.. Little problems I know but it did put a damper on the evening... This will not stop me returning.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday, the food was good, all around great experience, its the first time my son.had been there,it lived up to expectation.will definitely be going back for afternoon tea.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good service, friendly and professional, good food.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my date loved The Barn, it was a lovely atmosphere and the most perfect location

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything was spot-on. Food was great. Service was first-class and most courteous. A very pleasant 90 minutes with friends and good food.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All up I was happy and so was my partner. The lamb was not the best quality and fatty with little taste but everything was very good.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Very disappointing as we really wanted to like this place.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely venue for a family gathering. I took my son for a 21st birthday meal
Lovely food but would ask for a bit more choice if you are a non fish eating vegetarian.
Nice surprise when he was given a plate with ice cream and a candle with dessert.
I have been to the barn a few times now, the service and food have always been excellent.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant surroundings, excellent service with a good menu, food well cooked and presented, enjoyed live piano especially as many of our favourite Enya songs were played.

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P
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening, with IrieJ entertaining. That made what was expected to be just dinner into something very special. Great value too.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the most lovely breakfast here this morning. We had the 'Big Barn Breakfast & the Egg's Benedict with Carved Ham, Fresh Coffee & freshly squeezed pure Orange juice. Our food was served very promptly and very hot and tasty. Our coffee was topped up and we were given a flyer about the forthcoming Dinner & Music nights. The service was superb, best we have had in a while...
Great value also and we shall be returning very soon.
We have already recommended to family & friends.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit for years. My previous visit the food was not good so pleasantly surprised by your current menu.

No complaints this time. Will return

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable lunch - relaxing surroundings - excellent service from Lois our waitress.

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C
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our family lunch very much, the waitress was very friendly and attentive and good with the children. It's nice to see gluten free options but unfortunately not much choice for a vegetarian.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Excellent food, excellent staff.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, food was very nice and very pleased with the service

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal here. The ambiance is lovely, there was a pianist playing whilst we were there. The food was excellent, and the staff as usual are efficient and unobtrusive, which all added to make it a lovely evening.

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our trips to The Barn Brasserie and everyone we introduce to the venue is very impressed by its character and ambiance. Beautifully developed and so far not had even the sniff of a bad experience. Highly recommend as suitable for both formal and informal occasions

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S
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely surroundings. Friendly and professional staff but service a little slow and had to ask to give order and ask for bill as wait was a bit too long. Food was delicious but the potato gratin was like warm. Didn't want to complain as treating my mum to lunch and didn't want a fuss to spoil our lunch.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firth time in so many months!! Every time our meals have been exceptional, service is always impeccable & such a lovely setting. In my opinion best restaurant in Colchester!

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