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“Can't praise it enough”

Balkerne & Colne restaurants
Ranked #40 of 489 Restaurants in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$30
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Balkerne Restaurant and the Colne Bistro are open to the public, staff and students during term time.The Balkerne Restaurant offers a relaxing dining experience. Award winning menus offer contemporary British and International cuisine using freshly prepared ingredients, many from local suppliers.The Colne Bistro offers a casual dining environment. A lively atmosphere and popular meeting point
Reviewed 27 March 2014

My husband and I have been meaning to eat here for some time and now regret we didn't go sooner. We did expect more of a canteen type venue but this wasn't the case at all. The restaurant had cosiness with a touch of elegance. We had a superb experience that in many ways succeeded restaurants like Memoirs, even without considering the actual price difference. Staff were warm, friendly and welcoming. Bar and waiting staff were attentive and yet not imposing. The food was heavenly in every single mouthful. I was reluctant to let my husband taste just one forkful of mine as I suddenly felt quite possessive of my food. However, tasting a little of his was delightful! Each course was so beautifully presented. Drinks were excellent value too. To pay £40 for a meal and drinks for 2 was unbelievable; you cannot get better value. If the lighting was just a little softer this would be severe competition for all the high end restaurants in Essex, in fact it probably already is . We will definitely be returning regularly to try the different ranges of cuisine and the lunch menus. Well done to all the staff, the students all have very bright futures ahead of them. I just wish you did outside catering, I would book you in a heartbeat.

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1  Thank BUBBELLEY
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Stephen F, Manager at Balkerne & Colne restaurants, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us recently.

We do have a pudding club coming up on the 12th June and student led theme nights in May.

Looking forward to seeing you again.

The CH&FS team

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Another wonderful lunch at the Balkerne. The quality of food and attentive front of house service is 5 star+. The plaice goujons were perfectly cooked, crisp and light with a delicious side salad and sauce. The Greek pot roasted lamb was very tender and melted in the mouth. Great value for money.

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Thank Brenda H
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Stephen F, Manager at Balkerne & Colne restaurants, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

The Plaice goujons are a particular favourite of mine. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us.

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

5 work colleagues for lunch..delicious throughout, from devilled kidneys, veg risotto, plaice and excellent main course greek roasted lamb and bass, lamb nicely pink with delish sauce and veg..i'm guessing we'll be back

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Thank Ellington W
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Stephen F, Manager at Balkerne & Colne restaurants, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

Thank you for coming back to us. Your comments and support are much appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

How did I not know how delightful this place is? We tried the 3-course lunch for £10, which was an incredible bargain, particularly as it featured one of the best desserts I have had anywhere. This chocolate orange mousse cake was not too sweet, but wonderfully orangey - utterly perfect. Be prepared that the serving of food may be a little delayed, but the front-of-house service could not be more attentive or charming. We will return very soon!

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1  Thank JayneColchester
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Stephen F, Manager at Balkerne & Colne restaurants, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a review.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

The CH&FS team.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We have just had a wonderful lunch at the Colne Bistro. A restaurant well worthwhile visiting when you are looking for somewhere to eat in Colchester.
Food and Service is of the highest standard and you will not come away feeling hungry.
This was the first visit for my husband although I had been several years ago, but we will definitely be visiting again.

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Thank Liz21543
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Stephen F, Manager at Balkerne & Colne restaurants, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Thank you for your comments, we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
The more customers we have the better experience we can give to the next generation of hospitality professionals.

Thank you for your continued support.

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