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“Lovely as always”

Balkerne & Colne restaurants
Ranked #2 of 543 Restaurants in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$29
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Balkerne Restaurant and the Colne Bistro are open to the public, staff and students during term time.The Balkerne Restaurant offers a relaxing dining experience. Award winning menus offer contemporary British and International cuisine using freshly prepared ingredients, many from local suppliers.The Colne Bistro offers a casual dining environment. A lively atmosphere and popular meeting point
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Popped along today for their 3 course lunchtime special offer (3 courses for £10!) As always, food superbly cooked and presented, always a good choice of all 3 courses and enthusiastically served up. I started off with a starter of pigeon and the wife had a risotto, followed by guinea fowl for me and sea bream for her and finished off with a passion fruit tart for her and cherry and almond torte for me. All very tasty! All the staff have excelled themselves again this year already! Will most certainly be coming back here for more treats!

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Stephanie H, Front Office Manager at Balkerne & Colne restaurants, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that enjoyed you lunch with us in the Balkerne Restaurant and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

A large group had a lovely Christmas meal here and a great meal was enjoyed by all although the lamb shank was the one course which proved not up to expectations. It was well cooked so tender and fell off the bone but was lacking in the flavour you expect from this dish. Apart from that the evening was very good with the students on to form providing excellent service. I would recommend eating here to experience good food with good service delivered by lovely students.

Thank DavidG1946
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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Love this place and we had a great Christmas dinner. Friendly attentive service & well presented tasty food. And great value for money too. Definitely worth a visit if you have not been. Starters were sublime, duck pancakes in a chilli sauce and baked goats cheese. Mains were even better and the roast turkey with all the trimmings was superb as was the baked bream. Puds were good too & all washed down with a lovely St Emillion.

Thank R2737RUtonyp
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

myself and husband thought we would give the balkerne a go as we are quite keen on using the facilities in the area
the restaurant was actually more atmospheric than i thought it was going to be and we had a fabulous experience overall
the wait staff are all very new and quite nervous but they do a fabulous job all very well presented and very polite and respectful , always on hand with water ( as i dont drink :) )
we were presented with an amuse bouche of salmon on squid ink thing which was very delicious , my starter was the terrine which was wonderful as was my husbands beef starter , mains were a good portion size and again absolutely fabulous , we even ordered a side of mashed celeriac and carrot which was simply to die for , for dessert we both chose profiteroles choc and honeycomb which were divine ,
to be honest i am astounded at the level of food that we were served and i can honestly say i havent had a nicer meal in ages , i can usually easily put in order my fav course from best to worst but they were all amazing and i simply couldnt rate the at less than 5 star for each course , including my husbands which i also tasted ,
you will not be disappointed with the food served and the wait staff are only going to go from strength to strength , i wish all the students the very best in there futures and will most definately be visiting again
many thanks to our server ( gerard / jarrod ?! ) table 5 :D

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This is such an amazing place that showcases the future talent of our local trainee Chef’s and Hospitality persons.
Service from start to finish amazing these young people will go far in their chosen field with the mentoring and teaching the get.
The food was woahhhhhh truly wonderful and a credit to the Students that prepared and cooked these wonderful dishes.
An amazing place that everyone should try once
We will return again as we have done over the years to support this fantastic place.

Thank Lesley S
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