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August 2020: 

Website annaouncement: "After 4 long, hard but very rewarding years it is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to close the doors on this chapter of grain as of October 17th 2020.

To every single one of our customers, we have nothing other than sincere gratitude for your love and support since day one. Never more so than the last month since coming out of lockdown. There is no shadow of doubt that we would not have made it this far without you all.

Until our closing week it remains business as usual, you can still book online and over the phone. For anyone with vouchers outstanding we'd love to see you coming in too to make use of them."

Harden's says

Inspired by the likes of Clapham's The Dairy, Lyle's and The Clove Club in Shoreditch, two young chefs launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their own small plates focused, modern, British restaurant in Colchester. Paul Wendholt and Jordan Sidwell hope to open the venture by the end of summer 2016. Chefs and front of house staff will be multi-skilled, cooking in the kitchen and serving in the dining room.

survey result

Summary

£108
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Some of the best food in Essex” risks being a double-handed compliment, but this trendy four-year-old is winning ever-more awards and accreditations. The food (chosen from a menu with five sections, ‘garden’, ‘water’, ‘land’, ‘cheese’ and ‘sweet’) provides “a wonderful combination of flavours and the concept here of small plates works really well”.

Summary

£51
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Some of the best food in Essex” risks being a double-handed compliment, but this trendy three-year-old is winning ever-more awards and accreditations. The food (chosen from a menu with five sections, ‘garden’, ‘water’, ‘land’, ‘cheese’ and ‘sweet’) provides “a wonderful combination of flavours and the concept here of small plates works really well”.

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Reviews of Grain Restaurant in CO1, Colchester by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Grain restaurant.
Lloyd S
We last visited Grain back in January and ...
Reviewed 6 months, 18 days ago

" We last visited Grain back in January and would have loved to have returned earlier but due to the situation we've been in it hasn't been possible. So therefore we were hugely delighted that we could at last visit yesterday. This is a fabulous little small plates menu restaurant set in Colchester just behind the shops on North Hill road. Of course when we arrived things as we know are a little bit different. The welcome however wasn't it was just as friendly as before. We were then escorted to our table where they then put down a tray with your cutlery , side plate , glasses for water & napkins on it for you to then lay out yourself. This was in order to limit the touching of things from the staff. The tables had been separated to allow plenty of space in between and with hand sanitizer placed on the tables not in use. The team have taken the option of not wearing face masks but did keep their distance as much as possible plus sanitising their hands after each visit to a table. They said they just wanted to keep it as normal as possible and the feedback they've received has been positive which to be honest included mine as it was nice to see. Now it's time to move on to the reason we were here. As I said this is a small plates menu designed for sharing using excellent local produce. The menu consisted of four vegetarian , four fish , three meat , one cheese & four desserts. Our decision was easy because as we enjoyed the food so much last time it was only right as we said the our waitress that we would like to have the entire menu. We started with bread & butter before moving on to the first two vegetarian courses. These were remfresh baby carrots , polenta chip , tarragon , pesto & hay along with this came the whipped collets farm ricotta , essex figs , charred gem lettuce & honey. Both dishes were an absolute delight and bursting with an array of flavours. Next to arrive were the other two dishes from the vegetarian section. These were a green bean pakora with tomato , tamarind & berkwell which we could see why our waitress Summer said they were her favourite. Then your palate was delightfully refreshed by the courgette tagliatelle , basil , pumpkin seed & olive. We now continued to the Fish section which started with a smoked mackerel pate , charred mackerel , kohlrabi & soda bread and was delicious. Along with this came the soy glazed chalk stream trout with beetroot and a light horseradish which probably could have done with a slight bit more of a punch to it although it took nothing away from the dish. Next to arrive was the fabulous stone bass , brown crab mayonnaise & red pepper romesco along with the last of the fish courses the roasted cod , seaweed confit potato , apple & cider that amazing. Now we moved on to the Meat section and these were three fantastic dishes. The first was the lamb rump , sharwarma shoulder , potato , mint & tomato. The second was one of the best chicken dishes I've had a bbq suffolk chicken leg , crispy potato , bacon & peas. Then lastly heaven arrived in the amazingly rich beef sirloin , roast onion , black garlic & smoked bordelaise. We were then asked by Summer if we'd like the cheese course and we said with a chuckle yes keep going we're having everything. So yes it was time for Cheese which was a selection of three cheeses a gorwydd caerphilly , sparkenhoe blue & little rollright served with sourdough , crackers , oat digestives & crab apple jelly. Bring on desserts. Yes now it's time for my favourite part desserts and lucky for me their were four. So sit back because here they come. The first two were the strawberry pavlova with aged balsamic & basil ice cream that was nice and light and didn't overpower the dish. Along with this came a fantastically rich dark chocolate delice with cherries & amaretto that was to die for. The last two desserts were the raspberries , yoghurt mousse & pistachio ice cream before finishing with dutch quarter honey & raw milk ice cream. I really would highly recommend a visit here as the food is excellent and with it being a small plates menu you can have the option of trying many of the dishes. Thank You to Paul & Jordan for the amazing food & Thanks to our Summer for looking after us. It was great to be back and looking forward to returning once again very soon"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £18.00

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£8.50 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
11a North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1DZ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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