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The Layer Fox

2 Malting Green Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0JH, England
+44 1206 738723
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“sunday roast” (8 reviews)
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Bar, International, British, Pub, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2 Malting Green Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0JH, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Assured when booking that pub is wheelchair accessible but a two inch step is not negotiable for my heavy battery electric wheelchair. With heaving and shoving a couple of strong men got me in. Cumberland sausages, probably bought in, were acceptable as was my wife's...More

3  Thank Barry G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunday Lunch . Very pleasant smiling staff who were lovely . Broccoli and Leek soup, very good just shame the bread was not the Granary roll but baguette slices.. Prosecco comes in small bottles so 2 glasses , just be aware if you are ordering...More

Thank Jill B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wrote a very good review about this establishment in July 2016 and to be honest nothing has changed since then EXCEPT FOR ONE THING...…. shock horror, when it came to the food bill VAT was added on top??? If my memory serves me right...More

1  Thank FMBFeering
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place nearly 2 years ago now just by searching on google for nice places to eat. We absolutely love this place and visit as regularly as we can! Whether it’s to drink or eat we always have a great time. The bar...More

Thank Rosie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came back as visiting family nearby. The accommodation is fantastic, spacious clean and homely. Management has changed since our last visit, lovely warm friendly welcome, the selection of beers very good and the bar very welcoming. We didn’t eat there this time as has booked...More

3  Thank Heligirl73
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Been here a few times within last 6 months and it’s been lovely. Went today and there was only sandwiches available. I asked for white bread and got hovis out of a packet. Side salad consisted of only lettuce. Asked for a child’s menu, we...More

7  Thank juliedaykin1
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We had a few meals at this pub as we were staying at Rye Farm which is just down the road.The meals were very nice and a very clean place.

2  Thank judithc583
Reviewed 18 September 2018

For many years my friend and I have met every month for our get together at this pub,but yesterday was very disappointing.We both ordered the fish and chips which we have had many times, the batter was very dark maybe over cooked, the chips were...More

4  Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

We decided to come here for dinner with friends as it was a perfect meet in the middle for us all. We were welcomed very warmly by Tom where he let us choose any table we liked. Annie provided fantastic customer service, giving us many...More

1  Thank clarkemj94
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We had booked this restaurant as they said they could do a Sunday dinner for vegans. The Sunday roast meals were lovely according to the diners. The actual surroundings are also very nice. When I received my vegan Sunday dinner , having been informed of...More

5  Thank David E
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Cecily B
12 March 2017|
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Response from Jonathan C | Property representative |
Very much so, with good high chairs, free drawing kit, some cards and dominoes plus on Mondays and Tuesday between about 6.00 and 7.30, each child accompanied by an adult eats for free up to three courses from the children's... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$45
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Malting Green Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 738723
  • E-mail
The Layer Fox is at the centre of the rural village of Layer de la Haye near Colchester. Over 300 years old, it re-opened as a Free House under new management in the summer of 2015 having been completely restored throughout in cluing the toilets and kitchen. There are also four comfortable en-suite bedrooms in a separate building 20 yards from the restaurant thus quiet in the evening. There is a beautiful dining room open seven days a week, a separate bar with a roaring fire in winter plus a cosy snug with books and free newspapers. There are two terraces for sunnier days and free parking at the rear. All dishes are prepared and cooked on-site using local, seasonal produce whilst the menu is changed regularly. Children are well catered for with their own menu, high chairs and toys. Dogs welcome everywhere save the main dining room. Bicyclists, walkers riders and bird walkers are especially welcome and parties of up to 25 can be well looked after for but please book in advance.
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