The Barn

Brook Road Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE
British, Afternoon Tea, Gourmet

Top offer

2-course dinner menu £17 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 178 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (63)
  • al fresco (17)
  • breakfast (34)
  • business (20)
  • child friendly (10)
  • dinner (138)
  • entertainment (12)
  • large parties (60)
  • lunch (82)
  • luxury (45)
  • private dining (49)
  • romantic (61)
  • trendy (10)
  • value (55)
  • views (11)
  • By Ben I from Clacton-on-Sea
    22 April 2019

    All good

  • By Lloyd R from Colchester
    20 April 2019

    The starter and main courses were good, even though we had to ask to give our order. The courses were not introduced and no interaction from the restaurant staff. We also felt the wine list had very little detail. The evening was good and will be going back.

  • By Eve H from Kelvedon
    17 April 2019

    Very enjoyable experience, lovely food and excellent service.

  • By Jane K from STOWMARKET
    13 April 2019

    Beautiful building. Friendly staff. Delicious food. So good I had my wedding reception there!

  • By Anita D from Little Maplestead
    13 April 2019

    Our first visit here and we loved it. Stunning barn in a lovely setting; excellent food & a warm friendly atmosphere

  • By Carol C from Epping
    13 April 2019

    This was a belated mother’s day tea, and my mum was not disappointed, she absolutely loved it, as she was also accompanied by her granddaughters x

  • By Keith W from CLACTON-ON-SEA
    13 April 2019

    We went for a birthday celebration and it was a evening of really great food and service. We all enjoyed it very much. Great setting, lovely staff.

  • By E from Halstead
    6 April 2019

    Went for our wedding anniversary Food 1st class as we're the staff nick the chef cooked my steak to perfection My wife had lamb livers again perfection have already booked again

  • By David Ronald S from Witham
    6 April 2019

    Excellent. The food was first class, the young waiters/waitresses were efficient and delightful.

  • By Kerry F from Cressing
    6 April 2019

    Having eaten at the Barn for many years I treated friends to a meal on Saturday and was very disappointed in the food I received the duck spring roll was dry and under seasoned and my main of chicken breast was so over cooked it was inedible which the gentleman clearing g the table noticed as I had not eaten it, the dauphinois potato which should have been rich and creamy was crisp and dry over cooked basically. As the rest of my party all appeared to be enjoying their meals I did not want to make a fuss but to say I was disappointed was an understatement having raves about everything about the restaurant to my friends who were visiting for the first time the service was however to your normal standard excellent

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

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