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The Crown - Colchester

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

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

Once again, great food and a relaxed ambience in the Crown. Our 'go to' restaurant this side of Colchester.

Andy Kinsey 16 November 2016
from Colchester

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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

4.1 ((((* (based on 62 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (44)
  • lunch (35)
  • value (24)
  • large parties (15)
  • private dining (15)
  • child friendly (10)
  • romantic (10)
  • business (8)
  • afternoon tea (5)
  • al fresco (4)
  • trendy (4)
  • luxury (3)
  • breakfast (1)
  • views (1)
  • ((((( 16 November 2016 by Andy Kinsey from Colchester

    Once again, great food and a relaxed ambience in the Crown. Our 'go to' restaurant this side of Colchester.

  • ((((( 13 November 2016 by John Close from Essex

    Very good

  • (**** 10 November 2016 by Anthony Currie from Stowmarket

    We have dined here several times with no problems but this last time was a nightmare. There were four of us in our party, we had a drink in the bar then went to our table, as it was fairly quite we was told we could sit where we liked. After at least ten minutes no member of staff had come over to us, we had to flag a waitress as she passed by. Eventually our order was taken, we didn't have long to wait for the meals which we all enjoyed, the empty plates were collected soon after. No one came to offer us a sweet menu so again we had to flag down a passing waitress, she brought us the menus but never came back to take the order. Then, you guessed it, we again had to flag down a waitress, it's as if we didn't exist. Finally we got to order 4 mini puddings with various coffee liqueurs . The coffees came first unfortunately, ten minutes later we had to call a waitress to find out what's happened to the puddings, she came back to tell us one of the puddings was no longer available. Eventually, well after the coffees were drunk we got our sweets. As I stated we have been several times so I know this is not the norm, but any first timers won't come back. We certainly didn't leave a tip.

  • ((((( 8 November 2016 by Mandy Battista from Suffolk Coastal District

    Beautiful food and helpful friendly staff

  • ((((* 22 October 2016 by Christian Tralau from Colchester

    Not enough staff at the bar to take orders, quite a queue. Food very good. Best feature: the setting and very nice inside too.

  • ((((( 13 October 2016 by Shirley Nicholas from Colchester

    Staff very welcoming nice setting very clean & homely
    Food was excellent would recommend the Salmon with roasted sweet potatoes & roasted vegetables followed by Eaten mess was a good choice also another good choice was the Curry followed by a small pudding & coffee good food & good service
    Would defiantly recommend & will be back

  • ((((( 8 October 2016 by Andrew Waugh from Colchester

    We all had an enjoyable evening and the food was excellent, look forward to our next visit.

  • (((** 4 October 2016 by Steve Luckie from Ardleigh, Colchester

    We visited on a very busy Sunday, but the service was very good. We would like to see gluten free options. None of the menu catered for this particular diet only vegetarian. The waitress did ask the chef whether the dish I had picked out contained gluten and came back promptly with the answer. However, it would have been nice if I could have had a gluten free roast dinner.

  • ((((( 20 September 2016 by Christian Tralau from Colchester

    Excellent Service, food very good & well priced. Very pleased, will return. Soup served piping hot (which is GOOD) & Coffee & Mini Pudding a FANTASTIC idea!!! :) Superb setting too.

  • ((((* 12 September 2016 by Ian French from Colchester

    Warm friendly welcome. Food was pretty good in general. Prices were about what I would expect. We both rated the whole experience at 8/10.
    Bar service was on the slow side with our pre-dinner drinks arriving with the starter.

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