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US$4 - US$14
Cafe, British, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews lunch flatbread eggs benedict beans chilli pie lovely garden lovely little place wholesome food enjoyed our food served quickly all day breakfast tea and cake visited today be visiting again my mum staff were attentive
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Reviewed 6 December 2020

My partner and I visited today for a late lunch and I was absolutely dying for an all day breakfast. It didn’t disappoint. My partner had scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on a waffle (with my unwanted mushrooms). Staff were friendly, everyone was Covid compliant....More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 2 November 2020

48 Hours before another lockdown the Sky was blue and the air was quite warm..and with Timbers full go next door to its "sister" venue at Cafe 21..and a seat in the bright Courtyard for lunch..as usual Alli and her team meet and greet with...More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 5 October 2020 via mobile

Found this gem through trip advisor. Excellent service and food, will definitely be visiting again when next in Colchester.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 October 2020 via mobile

I first came here with friends for breakfast and the food was amazing! We had a mixture of the fry up with the waffles and the eggs benedict with the salmon was so tasty! The staff are really helpful, nothing is too much trouble. Have...More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 31 August 2020

The cafe looks nice from the outside so enticed us in when walking by. Going in we were lead to a room that looked tacky with distressed plastic table cloths and ugly decor. I think with some effort that space could look and feel cosy....More

Date of visit: August 2020
simonm812, Owner at Cafe 21, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2020

Dear Aron, Thank you for your custom and for reviewing our little cafe, Cafe21. Its such a shame we didn't meet up to your expectations which clearly must be very high, as we do actually have an incredibly professional team, who have been working under...More

Reviewed 26 August 2020

My mum and I’s favourite place to go for lunch. Always super impressed with the food and the service, Great vegan options too. All time favourite for us!! Definitely recommend a visit :)

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 25 August 2020

We were delighted to see that Cafe 21 has reopened. We popped in for lunch and all the favourites were still on the Menu. Obviously there are fewer tables now but they are taking care with the Covid safety measures. Food was delicious and well...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 16 August 2020 via mobile

Everyone was so nice and polite, food was delicious, we had the mushrooms and halloumi flatbread, just the most yummy thing ever! I had a nice soy iced latte and it even had some foam on top! The crumble was delicious, honestly, very nice, recommended...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 31 July 2020

We were escorted to a secret garden area behind the cafe which was in dappled shade and informal. It was lovely. The male waiter knew exactly how to handle gluten free and asked if I was just intolerant or celiac. It was reassuring to know...More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 15 July 2020 via mobile

Came here on the way to the Castle. Wide ranging, good value menu. Served quickly and staff friendly. Enclosed garden with large umbrellas so still good if raining. Beef chilli was warming and tasty. Toasted roasted vegetable sandwich got thumbs up too.

Date of visit: July 2020
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    How is Cafe 21 rated?
    Cafe 21 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4