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“valuable time with my wife” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Signatures

Signatures
Ranked #231 of 465 Restaurants in Colchester
Cuisines: European, British
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“valuable time with my wife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

Because of our busy family and work lives my wife and i get little time to go out quietly together and enjoy each others company and a good meal. We went to Signatures Restaurant on a Friday evening and had a fantastic experience. I would say fantastic meal but it was so much more than that. The service, ambiance, food were wonderful. I ate last week at the Hand and Flowers and had a brilliant meal. Given the choice between the two i would go for Signatures every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Worth a special trip, we will be back very soon.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Colchester, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Pampered with posh food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

The highlight of a stay at this hotel was the fabulous meal we had in the Signatures restaurant cooked by the regularly award winning head chef Paul Boorman. He is particularly interested in molecular gastronomy and this is clearly displayed in the menu and the food we were served.

I think the photos I have attached say it all, but the taste of the food was truly incredible!

If you are into fine dining as we are, you just have to try this restaurant. It is described as a three course menu but actually if you add the extras of palate cleansers and cheese course it's a six course meal. It was like going on a big food adventure with treats and surprises along the way and we didn’t want it to end!

Each course had many well presented with well thought out elements and all were prepared with skill and finesse to produce a visually tempting appearance, interesting combinations of ingredients and an explosion on the taste buds. It was truly a delight and felt like we had been treated the whole evening!

Signatures has left me wanting to return to try all of the other dishes on the menu. I can't wait!

As Arnie would say "I'll be back!" (you have to do the accent!)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Just_a_Giraffe
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London
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Food and Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

I originally posted this against the hotel but have been asked to post it here as well.

We spent the weekend there and it was really very good. The room was spotless, bed comfortable, huge bathroom, great service, wonderful food, totally fault free.

We ate in both restaurants but for a culinary experience have a meal in the Signature Restaurant.

An extra, we had two first class breakfasts as well. We have been fortunate to travel all over the world for business and pleasure. I can honestly say this is one of the best 'total packages' we have had the pleasure of experiencing.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TheScotts
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“afternoon tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

we visited here for afternoon , it was amazing , we sat in one of the beautifull lounges and had an amazing view across the gardens ,the afternoon tea looked fantastic and i could not believe it was all for me , we were made to feel very special ,i was very impressed with sevice and our waitress had very good knowledge of the old house and took time to share this with us ,she was kind enough to show us around the house and all the rooms and suites which can i say look amazing and i can not wait to stay in one ,we had a lovely afternoon and the service was very special

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lianneb572
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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

We came down from the Highlands for a one night stay in December. We ate in the cellar, the chef's tasting menu with matched wine. An extraordinary meal. Paul the Head Chef is a truly remarkable chef and an extremely nice man, taking the time to talk to us about his menu, kitchens and passion for food. This hotel is an amazing place and its hard to believe it's a training school for the hospitality industry. The students work alongside professionals creating a fantastic atmosphere of luxury and attention to detail. It's not hard to see why Wivenhoe is rated #1 after just a few months. Truly superb.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank janey b
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