Dietary Requirements

No matter what your dietary needs are, Colchester is ready to cater. Between our 100% vegan and tasty plant based restaurants, gluten free cakes and afternoon teas, and coffee shops serving milk alternatives, good food will never be more than a stone's throw away.

Colchester has great options for gluten free diets, and vegan and vegetarian diets and we have dedicated pages for these dietary requirements.

If you're looking for vegan indulgence, try Hank's Colchester; this chain boasts a 100% vegan menu, including juicy heura patty burgers, saucy doner kebabs and comforting mac n' cheese, complete with vegan bacon pieces. Alternatively, for clean comfort, try plant-led Patch; this community-driven restaurant focuses on homegrown, local produce and offers a weekly 'chef's menu', complete with wine pairings.

For comforting Gluten Free lunch options, try Timbers, an independent family-run restaurant with gluten free core menu items and substitutes available. If you're looking for a touch of luxury, The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie boasts up-market Gluten Free dishes such as roasted cod loin with spring onion mashed potatoes, and roasted lamb with charred asparagus. They also offer a gluten free Afternoon Tea.

Gluten Free Options

All of the outlets listed have a selection of Gluten Free options available.

Cafe 21

Housed in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Colchester City, this wonderful cafe serves…

Plant-Based and Plant-led Options

All of the options listed feature plant-based and plant-led menu options.

Aburi

Experience dining in our beautiful, authentic Japanese restaurant located in Colchester. Our…

Al Pacino

Independent Italian restaurant and Pizzeria, located adjacent to Colchester Castle and the beautiful…

Cafe 21

Housed in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Colchester City, this wonderful cafe serves…

Caffe Sala

An independent coffee shop serving great coffee and a delicious range of cakes and sweet treats…