June 15th is National Beer Day (Who knew there was such a thing!)

It’s a chance to celebrate all things beer related, and if it’s your drink of choice, to drink some as well!

2 pints of beer rested on a table with Colchester Brewery branding on the glass

For beer lovers Colchester is the place to be. In the town centre we have some great pubs and bars selling real ale and craft beer. Below are just a few of our favourites: 

On Queen Street is the eponomously named Queen Street Brewhouse. There’s always a great selection of Belgian beer, real and craft ales available in this very original pub housed in one of Colchester's oldest buildings. They sell some bar snacks, and if you go on the right night, there may also be some live music from local bands.

A pump clip on a bar for a beer called 'Colchester No 1'

If you're looking for a tasty meal to go with your pint, visit the Three Wise Monkeys on the High Street. It’s an independent tap and smokehouse, housed in a 19th century  building which has been refurbished in a very contemporary urban style.  At the time of writing the owners are expanding in to the 17th century building next door, where they will be opening up a second bar and a micro brewery. The beer you drink will be well and truly local!

a wooden rack of 4 tasting beers from the three wise monkeys

At the other end of the town centre is the Church Street Tavern. It’s housed in an old solicitors office and is near to The Mercury Theatre, in the shadow of the Jumbo water tower. We recommend their downstairs bar, which is very casual, and offers light lunches to go with the craft beer that they have behind the bar. If you’re looking for something more formal, the upstairs restaurant, offers a full menu to go with your craft beer. 

The Church St Tavern exterior

If it’s a cosy & traditional community pub you’re looking for, then the Odd One Out on Mersea Road, The Foresters Arms on Castle Road or The Victoria Inn on North Hill Approach are the places for you. They all serve a “mean pint” and have charming outdoor spaces for you to enjoy your drink in summer, and real fireplaces to huddle by in the winter.

Colourful Bottles of Mersea Island Beer sit on a branded box on the grass

Wherever you choose to go, make sure to try a locally produced ale. Our borough and it's surrounding area is home to the Colchester Brewery, Other Monkey Brewing, Mersea Island Brewery, Harwich Town Brewing Co, Watsons Brewery and many more. Check out our local CAMRA branch's website for a full list.

We hope you've enjoyed our run down of some of Colchester's beery highlights! As ever, if we've missed anything, or you have a recommendation for us, leave us some info in the comments! CHEERS!


Colchester Food & Drink Festival
Food / Drink Festival
The Colchester Food & Drink Festival

The annual Food and Drink Festival returns to Castle Park

The Thinking Drinkers : Pub Quiz
The Thinking Drinkers

Think and Drink at "history's greatest ever pub quiz", at Colchester Art Centre

Wivenhoe Pub Trail
Walking Route
The Black Buoy Pub Wivenhoe

A self-guided walk, created by The Wivenhoe History Group around the twenty-four current and former pubs in Wivenhoe.



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