Restaurants in Colchester

Looking for a diversity of great places to eat, all within walking distance of attractions and entertainment? Colchester Town Centre is filled with the best places to eat & drink, from independent eateries serving gourmet food to family friendly bistros and cosy pubs.

Many of Colchester’s buildings show evidence of its rich history. Sit down for dinner in a Tudor wooden-beamed house, tasting the finest food while soaking in the town’s architectural past. Indulge in quintessential English cream tea in a Georgian red-bricked house; a fine setting for sampling the best jam in the world.

Grab a bite to eat in an English garden, try the local delicacies in an outdoor café in the best places to eat and drink close to the town centre and within easy walking distance of historical sites.

Below are some of the finest places to dine out or get a quick bite to eat:

Tiptree Jam with Cream Tea
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Town Centre Places to Eat

Church Street Tavern

This delightful restaurant positioned at the historical entrance to Colchester town centre is a perfect place to sit down for a meal or just a drink. Open both day and night, you can enjoy the English delicacies served at lunch and dinner, as well as a selection of beer, wine and cocktails.

The Green Room

Experience fine English dining in the heart of Colchester. Discover the best local produce in this award-winning restaurant whose friendly staff are only too happy to help you make the hard decision of which delicacies to try first.


Luxurious dining offering modern European dishes with a superior British touch. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and include Oysters from Mersea Island, Dedham Vale beef, Dingley Dell pork and East Anglian vegetables, all accompanied by carefully selected wine.

The George

Part of the newly refurbished George Hotel, this restaurant on Colchester’s High Street is conveniently located for a hearty lunch or dinner between sightseeing. From coffee and pastries to a full three course meal, the varied international brasserie menu has something for everyone.

Countryside Dining

The Barn Brasserie

The traditional atmosphere of this 16th century thatched-barn goes splendidly with the gourmet dishes served throughout the day. Just a few minutes’ drive from Colchester, you are sure to get your taste-buds tickled in a proper English timber framed barn.

Wivenhoe House Brasserie

Set in the beautiful grounds of Wivenhoe House, this luxurious restaurant will delight you with its mix of English tradition and contemporary appeal. Expert chefs create a fusion of great tastes sure to impress its guests.Talbooth


Located in the heart of Constable Country, this family run award-winning restaurant offers cuisine that is a skilful mixture of the classic and exciting. You will find high quality service in this stylish and contemporary bar and brasserie, offering all day dining.

The Pier at Harwich

Choose between first-floor dining with stunning views over the Stour and Orwell estuaries, or the ground-floor brasserie – oysters and champagne, or fish and chips! The restaurant specialises in locally caught seafood and it couldn't be fresher as much of the fish is landed in the harbour opposite.

Victory at Mersea

Make your way to beautiful Mersea Island to discover this cosy pub on the waterfront. With a contemporary touch to the traditional pub environment, experience the best of casual dining on your island escapade.

Oysters on Mersea Island. Photo: Visit Essex
Mersea Oysters

Other Places to Eat

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