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The Purple Dog

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 03/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Purple Dog
Updated 03/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Bar, British, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter had lunch here after moving her into Uni. Fabulous food and excellent service. Changed my coke after I’d orders one online and came with ice, I hate ice in drinks. I asked for a spare glass to remove the ice but they kindly...replaced the whole coke. Our food was delicious but my daughter was unwell and couldn’t eat hers such a shame as she did say it was amazing. My burger with Brie and onion relish was to die for. We will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

Seriously that was the worst full English I’ve EVER had, the bacon was only just cooked the egg was snotty, the hash browns were dripping in grease and the beans tasted of aftershave and how can you make toast untoasted REALLY PURPLE DOG £10 for...that garbage .More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

Very nice meal - all day breakfast and a pint of San Miguel. Staff very friendly nice atmosphere. Music a bit loud for me but ok. A very pleasant experience

Date of visit: August 2021
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lee m, Owner at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2021

Many thanks for the 5 stars and we are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 May 2021 via mobile

Co1 went to the purple dog on Tuesday it was only my second visit to this pub and I wasn’t disappointed our burgers were amazing just cooked right juicy,tasty and all gone too soon and the portions aren’t stingy either and I made sure this...time I had dessert chocolate fudge cake and boy I admit I struggled to finish after such a good main meal but you certainly get a lot for your money there and it was better than it looked ( and it looked absolute great) and we will be returning here as as far as I’m concerned it’s the best burger in Colchester town certainly worth a visit. Oh and I have to say the staff were so efficient and very Covid safe was an absolute pleasure to go there and I can’t wait to go again waist band depending! LolMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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lee m, Owner at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2021

Many thanks for the 5 stars and I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal with us and we look forward to stretching that waist band once again! ha Kind Regards

Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

I always like going here. Quick service and lovely grub. Reasonable prices. Lovely and cosy, with a sheltered smoking area

Date of visit: November 2020
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lee m, Owner at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars

Reviewed 26 December 2020 via mobile

Very happy with the purple dog one off the best burgers I have ever had 😊😊 I give it a 5 star ⭐️ from me

Date of visit: December 2020
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lee m, Owner at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2021

Many thanks for the stars!

Reviewed 26 October 2020 via mobile

Popped in with the kids and our puppy for a quick lunch. Food hit the spot, it was cosy and the staff were friendly. Just what we needed, thank you.

Date of visit: October 2020
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C8283YEleem, Owner at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2020

Thank you! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us

Reviewed 27 September 2020

According to several online surfaces this pub meant to be the oldest one in Colchester however it's looking few hundred years old from the outside but having a really modern look inside. Straight to the point though we were about to leave because of the...lack of available tables but suddenly the host came after us saying they have a table free for us. It was an extraordinary action from her. Well done! I am always a bit sceptical with dishes named after the pubs or restaurant as their signature dish, but your Purple dog burger is tasty really. Table service was fast and efficient. I would love to go back again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Paradise800847, General Manager at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2020

Many thanks. And I’m so pleased I got to seat you in the end. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 21 August 2020 via mobile

Birthday meal.. Perfect meal 😊 Came in today for a meal with the family.. Got seated straight away, Food all came out piping hot.. All came out at the same time.. And didn’t have to wait long.. Fantastic portion sizes.. I had the southern fried...burger.. Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had out for a while.. I’d highly recommend the food.. Will certainly be back.. 😊👍 Thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Paradise800847, General Manager at The Purple Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2020

We are so happy you enjoyed your birthday meal with us :) Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 10 August 2020

I went there today for something to eat and a drink, upon entering there seemed to be confusion on what to do and where to go etc, staff didn’t seem to have any kind of structure to run smoothly, when I finally got to make...my order I was very disappointed, I ordered ham, egg and chips, the chips were fine and they were quite generous with the ham, but the eggs were disgusting, I wouldn’t like to guess how dirty the frying pan must have been, and whilst sitting in the garden you can actually smell old over used cooking oil.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Martin T
5 October 2021|
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Response from Paradise800847 | Property representative |
Hi You can just turn up, we look forward to seeing you
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Kb16775
20 June 2021|
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Response from lee m | Property representative |
Hi. Yes we allow dogs inside out in the garden as long as they are kept on a lead. Many thanks
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Essexlad
21 October 2020|
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Response from Paradise800847 | Property representative |
Yes we do have heaters outside. Not at the very top of the garden at the moment.
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Yes, The Purple Dog is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Purple Dog is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5