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Cafe 21

21 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN, England
+44 1206 626646
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
09:00 - 16:30 Hours
Cafe, British, Healthy, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
21 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN, England
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1 - 10 of 149 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went alone for a shopping break at around 14:00 early September. The seats were comfy, the indoor tables had checks-pattern plastic mats on, and it felt quite spacious and cosy inside. There are more seats at the back, which the back had loads of willow...More

Thank windywoody
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

I visited here on a Sunday lunchtime as we were looking for somewhere that was still serving breakfast. We had Eggs Benedict and a Full English and they were happy to swap the scrambled eggs for fried. We sat in the garden, which has a...More

Thank Claire A
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

I visited here with my daughter on 21st August. I had jacket potato with prawns & my daughter had the lemon chicken flatbread. Both were amazing & presented lovely too. The staff were friendly & welcoming. A nice lunch experience x

1  Thank Maxiene
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

A cosy setting in a quaint building away from the hustle and bustle. A small but beautiful garden with tables laid out with colourful tablecloths and a canopy of trees to shelter under. Staff very friendly and attentive. Good sized portions of food and attractively...More

1  Thank 1770jwa
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Really cute cafe, lovely to sit outside. Delicious food and very attentive staff. Calm atmosphere and lovely surroundings

1  Thank Alice P
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Now open Sunday’s and still serving breakfast dishes after 11:30. Eggs Benedict and Full English excellent. Happy to swap choice of eggs on Full English. Quiet garden under lovely shady Willow. Bacon and Sausage very good quality. Eggs poached/fried nicely. Hollandaise spot on and good...More

1  Thank Rik A
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We loved the garden arena at the back. The food was tasty and high quality, especially the waffles that my daughter had and the ladies were kinds enough to modify from the desert to breakfast type. We will be going back.

1  Thank Izabela S
Reviewed 13 June 2018

I had lunch here today with a few friends and we all enjoyed the food. All the staff were so friendly and efficient and very helpful. You are able, within reason, to order what you would like, and the staff try to accommodate your choices....More

1  Thank joyce h
Reviewed 11 June 2018

Lovely cafe with garden terrace. Great home cooking from great cakes and scones to generous sandwiches and hot classics like lasagne and curry. Great service. Best cafe in colchester.

2  Thank CharlotteO232
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed a tastey Welsh Rarebit and some pots of tea on the garden whilst doing a bit of work. I had fantastic service and the food was great. I lovely little hide away in central Colchester

1  Thank DougieK3
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 626646
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Cafe 21 is housed in a grade 2 listed building on Trinity St in the heart of Colchesters old town(just a few yards from The Library/ Marks & Spencers). Local,award winning suppliers bring us the best from the markets daily and We take great care turn the ingredients into mouthwatering savoury and sweet delights for all. Freshly baked sweet and savoury waffles, smoked salmon and organic farm fresh scrambled eggs, freshly baked scones daily,Banana & toffee porridge eggs benedict and so much more all help to make up a fabulous menu that changes with the seasons. Add to this- great coffees and a vast range of quality teas from all around the world, locally produced fruit juices, plus good wine from further afield and you have cafe 21. Pop in and try us- you'll love us!!
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