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The Purple Dog

42 Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS, England
+44 1206 564995
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good46%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“burgers” (11 reviews)
“curly fries” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
42 Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This pub started life in 1647 and has gone thru many owners since then. But as the Purple Dog, it’s a great place to enjoy the local Colchester life as many have done for hundreds of years. Wonderful ambience and classic medieval setting / furnishings....More

Thank The-Royal-Road
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had some fish and chips and was pleasantly surprised to see how huge the portion was for such great value- the fish was clearly a high quality piece of cod, fried to perfection with a crisp outer layer. The chips were chunky and well...More

Thank Anythinggourmet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely staff, nice atmosphere, clean pub and the food was not bad at all. I ordered goat cheese sandwich and it was nice, paid extra £2.25 for a portion of curly fries. Good location, close to shops and main touristic attractions.

Thank MartaPastor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered a grilled chicken wrap... the Wrap size is good, it's huge. The salad is good, the package mayonnaise is good, but the grilled chicken... is the chef scared of the word seasoning? Chicken was very dry which was disappointing. The sausage and onion sandwich......More

Thank AtrociousTroll
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great start to a day out in Colchester. Lunch was an omelette for me and it was nice and fluffy. One of my friends said she’d had the best burger in ages. Good quality food and drinks and very friendly staff. Town centre...More

Thank Jos T
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I stated the time as the title of the review because i think this was significant! 2 members of staff serving, went down to one due to barrel change i guess, over lady served 5-6 people, some definitely arrived at the bar later than myself,...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We hade the dailz specials and were not disappointed! I had a mexican burger and it was huge and delicious, you can choose between chips, mash or homemade coleslaw as a side dish. The beer was also great, I love doom bar! Hope to visit...More

Thank Janne3333
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Great food. Lovely cosy pub environment. Let's kids in during the day to eat. Small kids menu but usual type of pub food. Specials are nice. Will be returning when in colchester.

Thank stip83
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Great food in a lovley pub with a small garden definitely worth a try lovley staff we visit once a week

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped for a quick pint whilst shopping with the boss, saw the food being served and could not stop myself ordering the Roast Chicken! Nice corner pub, serving a good selection of real ales, good value food, with helpful staff and clean toilets! What more...More

Thank ChazJJ
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:30 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 564995
Large range of great quality pub food
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