The Barn

(245 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 245 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (82)
  • al fresco (25)
  • breakfast (46)
  • business (28)
  • child friendly (14)
  • dinner (182)
  • entertainment (19)
  • large parties (81)
  • lunch (114)
  • luxury (56)
  • private dining (69)
  • romantic (85)
  • trendy (20)
  • value (77)
  • views (17)
  • By Thomas S from London
    18 September 2019

    Beautiful setting and wonderful food. The food is delicious and great value and the staff were really attentive to our groups needs.

  • By Gemma W from Colchester
    15 September 2019

    Beautiful setting, beautiful restaurant. The service was very friendly yet professional and the food was spot on. Tasty beyond expectations. We will be back again in a hurry!

  • By Derren E from Colchester
    14 September 2019

    Superb meal and service. Will our waiter was a great lad

  • By Gemma V from Essex
    8 September 2019

    Amazing afternoon tea - sadly let down by no service. We arrived were immediately served tea and coffee and again about 10mins later. Afternoon tea platters arrived about 15mins after that. I had pre-ordered 1 as gluten free - which had been confirmed on email. When I asked where my gluten free food was I got a blank look. Waiter came back around 10mins later will be 2 minutes. Around 20 minutes after that my food arrived (I would like to point out that it is excellent gluten free afternoon tea!) from that point we got nothing. For the next hour and a half we were not offered tea, coffee, water, checked if our food ok, nothing. We managed to call someone over for water for the table. One of our group then had to get up and find someone to request the bill, after she had finished serving another table. 20 minutes after the bill arrived we then had to get up and request someone bought a card machine to make payment. Such a shame - the afternoon tea both normal and gluten free was delicious. If the restaurant was packed out I could understand and it was busy when we arrived but by the time we left there were a handful of tables.

  • By Sarah G from Cambridge
    8 September 2019

    We love the Barn and have visited many times as my parents live nearby,but haven't been for a while. We were there for a birthday Sunday lunch. The staff were very young and friendly, but for the first time we felt things were disorganised, which has not been the case in previous visits. We arrived early and had a drink, but were not shown any menus and were not collected in time for our table, we felt that we might have sat at the bar all afternoon if we hadn't made ourselves known to be seated. Our order took a while to be taken, and we had to ask twice for the drinks we ordered, which arrived long after our first course. One of the dishes was cold on arrival and had to be sent back, when it came back, all the vegetables were missing. By this time most of our table had finished eating so we put up with it. It was a good meal, but spoilt by the disorganised service which we felt wasn't a lack of trying on their part but a lack of training and attention by the management. We didn't see or speak to a manager during the time we were there, and our experience would have been a great deal better if someone had been 'in charge', we felt the staff were just left to it.

  • By Julie W from Braintree
    7 September 2019

    There was a wedding in the main part of the venue which meant we were in the smaller room. The table were cramped and there was a bar in front of my legs so I could not tuck under the table comfortably. It was quite chilly too. The service was not that prompt and the position of the table meant the waiting staff had to regularly lean across us. The food was nicely presented, tasty and hot.

  • By Angela W from Braintree
    7 September 2019

    Enjoyed a very pleasant evening here with friends. Good quality food and service. We had to eat in the Colony Room as the barn was being used for a wedding.

  • By David Z from sudbury
    6 September 2019

    The food was very poor --served cold (supposed to be hot ) Excuse given that it was a big party evening --not good enough

  • By Julian R from Woodbridge
    1 September 2019

    A very pleasant experience in a fine old building Good service and food

  • By Mary N from Frinton
    1 September 2019

    Had afternoon tea. Pot was topped up regularly when askef. Not asked choice of tea first time but was later. Enjoyed scones. Sandwiches not very exciting. Cakes okay.

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

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