Restaurants & Bistros in Colchester

Colchester offers a huge choice for dining out that will suit all tastes and budgets. From no frills fish & chip shops to Michelin recommended restaurants, familiar chain restaurants to small independent eateries. You'll have no problem finding somewhere great to eat after a hard days sightseeing.

Head to Mersea Island to sample the world-famous Colchester oysters, or for the sweet toothed, seek out the less well know Colchester Pudding, recently rescued from obscurity by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Seafood platter. Photo: Visit Essex

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.

The Church Street Tavern

01206 564325

The Green Room

01206 574001


01206 575913


Countryside Dining

The Crown

The traditional atmosphere of this country Inn 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 vintage Inn.

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.

Le Talbooth

01206 321109

The Pier at Harwich

01255 241212

The Crown

01206 262001


Other Places to Eat