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The Crown - Colchester

Old Ipswich Road Ardleigh, Colchester, CO7 7QR +44 1206684707

((((* British
Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30

excellent service from staff and food also excellent

Brian Hobbs 19 May 2017
from clacton-on-sea

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As shown by the charming black and white timber design and the cosy log-fire, The Crown – Colchester is a distinctive 17th-century Tudor building. The hearty British pub cuisine can be enjoyed from the al fresco beer garden which looks on to the pretty countryside and is near to the distinctive Ardleigh Resevoir.

Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Crown menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Crown ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.

Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.

The Crown is just 11 minutes’ drive from Colchester Train Station.

The Crown - Colchester

Old Ipswich Road Ardleigh, Colchester, CO7 7QR

Contact +44 1206231946
Reservations +44 1206684707
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Customer reviews for The Crown - Colchester

3.8 ((((* (based on 103 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (69)
  • lunch (56)
  • value (38)
  • private dining (23)
  • large parties (20)
  • child friendly (16)
  • romantic (15)
  • business (12)
  • afternoon tea (10)
  • trendy (6)
  • al fresco (5)
  • breakfast (4)
  • luxury (4)
  • views (3)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((( 19 May 2017 by Brian Hobbs from clacton-on-sea

    excellent service from staff and food also excellent

  • (**** 8 May 2017 by Julie Pulham from Colchester

    Our experience was very poor. We booked a table but on arrival was shoved in a corner and left for sometime. I approached a waiter who informed us that we had to order food at the bar. He reluctantly took our order. After sometime the food arrived my friends dinner had no sauce as described on the menu. We finished our meal and asked for a dessert menu. We sat and waited for a long time while staff walked past us and seemed too busy laying tables and talking. Eventually we were served after I got up Again !!! and asked to be served. The meal was a reunion we an old friend and a special occasion. We left dissatisfied with how we were treated.

  • ((((* 5 May 2017 by Rachael Hart from Colchester

    Really nice, sirloin steak was a bit chewy but I think that's because I had it quite rare.

  • ((((* 4 May 2017 by Janette Stocking from Colchester

    We had a very enjoyable evening very good food

  • ((((( 2 May 2017 by Janice Austin from Stanway

    Had to send two roasts back as cold got two new ones without hassle and were very nice the waiter Rory was very helpful and very well mannered as a whole very enjoyable as the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere

  • ((((( 2 May 2017 by Mark Pickering from Colchester

    Very professional, especially Josh

  • ((((* 17 April 2017 by Gemma Tyler from Colchester

    Josh our waiter was really helpful and looked after us. The food was lovely as always.

  • ((((* 13 April 2017 by Clare Campbell from Colchester

    Nice atmosphere pleasant staff food hot tasted good. Shame both desserts I liked were unavailable, offered an alternative was nice would have preferred decaf tea as an option

  • (**** 10 April 2017 by Sally from Colchester

    We were really looking forward to revisiting the Crown for the first time in 5 years. The food was awful. The meat in the pie was terribly undercooked, the vegetables had been sitting around and clearly reheated. Limp and dry. The chips were tepid and to top it all, there was no toilet paper. We promptly left, vowing to cross it off our list of favourites. Massive disappointment and quite strange, as the restaurant was packed with mainly older generation diners. I could have cried..we have 4 kids and it was our first night out in about a year.

  • (((** 8 April 2017 by Sandra Hayes from Ardleigh

    Booking was easy.
    The service right from when I arrived was impeccable. I was shown to a table promptly. Unfortunately my friend got lost and didnt join me for nearly 1.5 hours, the young waiter was very attentive and made an effort to check on me while i was waiting. all staff we encountered were polite, smiled and engaged in conversation. They looked like they enjoyed what they do rather than it being just a job.
    The only negative thing that I can find is that as a vegan the menu is severely limited. The risotto would have been an option, but it has cheese mixed in it. The carrot etc burger was lovely but i had to have it without the brioche bun, it eould seem simple to provide a non dairy bun. There are no vegan desserts. It would be simple to have vegan ice cream which is readily avaiable.
    The menu is really good and varied, but just not for vegans.
    I believe that it is possible to eat good food without resorting to using animals, usually with cruel consequences.

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