Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Colchester
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Colchester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 15 restaurants in Colchester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Colchester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Le Talbooth British, Modern restaurant in Dedham Gun Hill - CO7
The “stunning riverside setting makes for a very picturesque venue” beside the River Stour, in a half-timbered building with a terrace that can be seen in paintings by Constable. “The food is pretty damn good as well”, which makes it “ideal for a special occasion”. The restaurant celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and its cooking is traditional – even “a little staid” to certain tastes. But sometimes that’s just what is required: “sitting by the river on a sunny day after lockdown eating fresh local asparagus and then lobster was absolutely wonderful!”.
2. Milsoms Mediterranean restaurant in Dedham Stratford Rd - CO7
This ivy-clad Constable country hotel is a crowd-pleasing sort of spot, despite the odd caveat: dress up or down as suits, no need to book, and enjoy a “varied menu for every size of appetite”, ranging from mezze to dry-aged steaks and “sausages (well done) a specialty”.
3. The Sun Inn British, Modern restaurant in Dedham High St - CO7
This old coaching inn serves “great food” in the beamed dining room or elm bar, with open fires adding to the “busy, buzzy atmosphere”. Service can be “a little hectic” when “the pub is full of people having a great time” – but you can borrow a bike or a boat and make your escape along Constable’s peaceful and unspoilt River Stour.
4. The Crown British, Modern restaurant in Stoke-by-Nayland Park Street - CO6
“What a local” – this gastroboozer-with-rooms in Constable Country hits a “consistently high standard” with its “daily changing, handwritten menu” and “lovely atmosphere”…no wonder it's “always busy”.
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