The Barn

(312 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 312 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (100)
  • al fresco (28)
  • breakfast (56)
  • business (37)
  • child friendly (18)
  • dinner (227)
  • entertainment (28)
  • large parties (102)
  • lunch (147)
  • luxury (70)
  • private dining (93)
  • romantic (113)
  • trendy (28)
  • value (97)
  • views (24)
  • By Kelie P from Guildfordd
    22 February 2020

    Food was excellent - service a big hit and miss and there was no atmosphere in the dining area.

  • By Brian I from Uplyme, Devon
    20 February 2020

    A very calm and relaxed lunch with family members, the service was friendly but also discreet and efficient. The food was very good indeed. The only very small quibble was that the heating was low although I recognise how difficult it is to get that right in a 16th century farm building converted into a restaurant. A very good lunch and a venue worthy of a visit ant time.

  • By Alice Clark C from Colchester
    20 February 2020

    The venue was beautiful and clean as usual, the staff were fabulous, however, the food for the first time was not great. I had a prawn cocktail that looked like and tasted like they’d got the prawns from Tesco value section, tiny and tasteless. Literally put in top of a small amount of lettuce. Definitely not to the barns usual standard, really disappointing. Main and desert were ok. Such a shame, we come here a lot and our daughter got married here. Will come back and hope it was just a blip.

  • By Hazel F from Colchester
    19 February 2020

    Beautiful surroundings, love meal, great service.

  • By David E from Colchester
    16 February 2020

    Myself and my girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed our meal and unlike our previous visit we didn't have different members of staff attending to us and asking us the same question twice!!!! The main lady who served us was friendly and helpful as was the other member of staff who brought us our drinks. My roast dinner was amazing!!!!

  • By Armonie M from Colchester
    15 February 2020

    Beautiful place with amazing food and wonderful prices! Will definitely return - me and my partner loved the set menu, and the gin menu!

  • By Martln F from Braintree
    15 February 2020

    As always, it was a sheer delight to dine at The Barn (in this case lunch). The general ambience is restful and the decor tasteful. The French head chef and his team produce wonderful food at unbelievably reasonable prices. The goats cheese on crostini was a perfect starter and the 'vegetable stack' was extremely tasty, with delicately applied seasoning. The accompanying vegetables and chunky chips (both extra side dishes) were also cooked to perfection. Dessert was a delicious brownie, accompanied by a superb double espresso. The whole experience was unrushed, with the staff politely attentive without being intrusive. We can't wait until our next visit!

  • By J S from Braintree
    15 February 2020

    Excellent steak, but overall very expensive.

  • By Steve K from Great tey Colchester
    14 February 2020

    Excellent food, experience,service & we will be back & highly recommend The Barn Brasserie.????

  • By Aaron T from Colchester
    14 February 2020

    The food was very nicely presented and tasted just as good, but unfortunately where we sat upstairs wasn't so great as I was facing what looked like a storage unit and leftover chairs were stored in the corners. However my girlfriend had a nice view past me. Also the service wasn't amazing on the night, we was only offered drinks once and had to be asked to be topped up. Only given one small amount of bread after 5/10 mins of sitting down and between course we was offered other tables orders. Overall the food was lovely, but the service and seating let it down.

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
  • Mother's Day Breakfast for £11.95 ppF
  • Mother's Day Dinner 6.00pm - 9.00pm £29.95
  • Mother's Day Lunch 12.00 - 2.30pm £44.95
  • Mother's Day Lunch 3.00 - 5.30pm £39.95
  • Afternoon Tea £19.95 pp

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