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4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
+44 1206 571003
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good44%
  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We are visiting Colchester for a few days with my mother in law and her husband. Popped in to the Playhouse as Merryl has been before. I must say that Playhouse provides a unique experience. We ordered drinks 🍷 at the bar and then found...More

Thank Charlie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ir is as other people describe it . A mus if a spoons fan . And a great place to have a meal or just a coffee . Have done both . No complaints . Worth the walk

Thank s g
Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, you won't find this Spoons on the High Street. Such is the nature of Colchester that you'll find it down a parallel one three streets away, slightly down a bit of hill from the town centre peak of Colchester itself. Guess that its something...More

Thank JackcomebackDawson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have popped into this venue several times. I love the setting. It a big spacious pub with a huge bar. It is very popular with locals, I assume because of the “Wetherspoons” prices The food is good, We had the “Empire state Burger” filling,...More

Thank mike j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place, We liked the fact that there was still a lot of the old theatre fittings in place and the "Guests" up on the balcony is a nice touch. The place was quite busy but our food was with us quickly and was lovely,...More

Thank MollyMoo163
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to the playhouse many times with my family when we're in Colchester shopping etc. It's cheap for food and drink, I've never had to complain once. The staff are very polite, the food comes out very quick too. I love the theme of...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wetherspoons is a company who are hit and miss on the service/food front but you certainly can't take away the fact they are saving some great buildings from the bulldozer or redevelopment into living accommodation. I much prefer going into these Wetherspoons rather than the...More

1  Thank Toheem
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Went for steak night, food was OK, service at the bar was pleasant but the place itself felt grubby & understaffed. Lots of empty tables still had dirty plates & glasses on them & it didn't look like anyone was clearing tables at all. Clientele...More

Thank Angel57
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Went there not expecting to much, but was very surprised with the layout, it is well presented with the circle still there although you can't go up there it still looks great. The staff were very friendly and the service was very quick. I had...More

Thank phil v
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This shows Wetherspoons at their eccentric best. This large Edwardian theatre has been lovingly preserved and creates a great venue. The proscenium, the stage, the boxes and the circle all remain. In the boxes and circle are life-sized dummies of stars past and present. The...More

Thank David S
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26 June 2015|
Response from p137 | Property representative |
Hi, In answer to your question Under 18's are allowed in the Pub until 21:30pm during your visit you will need to be accompanied by a responsible person over 18 and you will also need to consume a meal and soft drink of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 571003
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