The Barn

(272 Reviews)
Brook Road Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE
British, Afternoon Tea, Gourmet

Top offer

2-course dinner menu £20 per person

Available for lunch and dinner daily, excluding Saturday evenings and Sundays. Subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Offer excludes service.


Main course: £20
Food spend: £36

Opening hours

Wednesday to Friday: 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00.

Restaurant description

With a stunning vaulted ceiling lined with rustic exposed beams, The Barn dates back to the 16th century, and has been lovingly converted yet retains its rural charm. Enjoy a selection of classic and modern gastro dishes, including children's menus, making this a versatile setting for the whole family.

The Barn menu spans the entire day, and starts off with all-day breakfasts and brunch options, with dishes like American-style pancakes with smoked back bacon and maple syrup. The a la carte menu includes vegan dishes like carrot and beetroot terrine with homemade bread and grape chutney, with hearty mains including whole lobster with garlic butter and skinny fries. There are generous sharing platters that are perfect for groups, and hearty burgers and steaks from the grill.

Enjoy classic afternoon teas at The Barn in Colchester, while the dessert menu features other British flavours, with choices like apple and fig crumble with cardamom and rose water ice cream. There is also a diverse wine list served, with bottles from the old and new worlds.

A beautifully picturesque rural setting, The Barn is a charming spot for all-day dining, and sits 5 minutes' drive from Marks Tey Rail Station.

Customer reviews for The Barn
(based on 272 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (87)
  • al fresco (27)
  • breakfast (49)
  • business (33)
  • child friendly (15)
  • dinner (201)
  • entertainment (24)
  • large parties (91)
  • lunch (128)
  • luxury (62)
  • private dining (81)
  • romantic (99)
  • trendy (23)
  • value (87)
  • views (17)
  • By David H from Colchester
    14 November 2019

    Lovely building, good food, friendly staff, first class

  • By Richard L from Northwood
    6 November 2019

    Wonderful ambience , impeccable service, and very good food.

  • By Margaret S from Colchester
    30 October 2019

    Food and service were both very good

  • By Patricia P from Marks tey
    27 October 2019

    Excellent service and ambience.

  • By Ray T from ROMFORD
    26 October 2019

    The Barn is a beautiful venue with excellent food and service. We have been many times and always have a great experience. The Irie J night must not be missed. Great singer and the duck is to die for.

  • By Ayres C from Colchester
    26 October 2019

    Great food and as always great service

  • By Nicola W from Colchester
    26 October 2019

    I thought the food was lovely. Although no gluten tree option for bread before the starter, the service for drinks was rather slow and there was a lot of glasses on our table, we didn’t have wine and the glasses weren’t removed which made the table very full. There wasn’t a lot of atmosphere in there I felt it was missing something? Quite old fashioned in places....and the bar area felt very empty.

  • By Mrs Jacqueline W from COLCHESTER
    26 October 2019

    very enjoyable meal. service was excellent and the food was superb

  • By Colin B from Colchester
    23 October 2019

    Lovely food, good service, relaxing atmosphere. The only thing that spoilt it was we were charged full price on a 2 for 1 booking offer. I then had the embarrassment of querying it in front of the person I took to dinner and we then had to wait while the problem was sorted out. I had confirmation of the offer which made it clear enough but not for the staff at the venue on the evening it would seem.

  • By Sally M from Frinton on Sea
    20 October 2019

    Arrived, greeted and seated at the bar. Given menus so that we could look through at our leisure and drinks request taken. Shown and taken to our table but we had to wait approx 45 mins for our meals to arrive. Roast meats were all luke warm. Roast potatoes were nice. Side vegetable were warm but rationed. (4 julienne carrots, 4 pieces of stem broccoli and a tablespoon of red cabbage to share amongst 4 diners) Dessert menu choices were taken and these arrived at the table promptly. There was some confusion over the bill, however the maitre d did bring this to our attention and we were able to highlight what we actually ordered. Staff were all friendly and professional.

Restaurant Location Map
The Barn
Brook Road Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE

Available offers

  • 2-course dinner menu £20 per person
  • 2-course lunch menu £20 per person
  • Afternoon Tea - £14.50 P.P.
  • Lunch a la carte
  • 2 for 1 Early Bird

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