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US$9 - US$31
European, British, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was incredibly tasty and beautifully presented. Portions were on the larger side, so would advise turning up hungry. Service was brilliant too. Would highly recommend visiting!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If I was blindfolded and brought here, sat down ate my three courses still blind folded then there was the reveal at the end. I would be shocked to be told I had just eaten at a food college. Fantastic meal today, glad I didn't...have the blind fold as I had to see the care that was in my dishes. High end restaurant food without the price tag. So great to see the 1st year students working along side their 2nd and 3rd year peers and the tutors guiding everyone. There will be some fantastic restaurant hosts in a couple of years time. Four of us dined and we all had different dishes purposely to experience as much as we could, not a single fault with the meal.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have had two fantastic lunches at the Balkerne restaurant, since it reopened in Sept 2021, both were amazing, every course was the standard of a michelin star restaurant and superb friendly service. Both times had the most amazing vegetarian choice along with delicious choices for...meat eaters. The bread is also amazing and so good I always eat too much and don't have room for the gorgeous puds. By far the best place to eat in Colchester.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 22 October 2021

My first time here with a friend who's husband is a chef, so she knows her food and flavours. We were both impressed with the choice of food for lunch. The flavours and presentation matched that of a high end restaurant. The service was also...commendable. Such a lovely experience and wonderful to know that the students are so well trained and skilled from what they have learned. We will most definitely be back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 15 October 2021

This was our first visit since the lockdowns and we enjoyed our lunch very much. There were friendly faces to welcome us, the tables were immaculate and the ambience was just right. The food was beautifully presented, a good choice and very tasty. We were...served by Cam who was a pleasant, attentive and efficient server. The staff and students worked very hard to make our day extra special and we really appreciated it. Thank youMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 13 October 2020 via mobile

booked online - very easy, very good covid guidance in place. all staff were very pleasant, food hot and correct :) would recommend as a great place to eat. thank you.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 16 March 2020

An excellent 3 course lunch with friends. A good selection of starters, main courses and desserts. A friendly and efficient team was on hand to serve us. Great value!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 13 February 2020

Great meal and a treat at The Balkerne Restaurant - prepared and served by the COlchester Institutes best cookery students, menu was an exciting set of choices, all deliscious and prepared well. Great menu and decent service from the students. Booking is essential here and...three course dinner with coffee/tea was £22.50 with drinks extraMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020

Very friendly atmosphere, food prepared and served by talented youngsters. Over the school year you can see them grow in confidence. Excellent standard and great value.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 9 February 2020

This time popped into the Colne downstairs, as they had a 3 course offer for £8.50 per head. At that price elsewhere you wouldn't even get a starter! Food lovely, as always, beautifully cooked and nicely presented. Good choices across the 3 courses, which gives...the chefs plenty of practice in their preparation! As it was beginning of term, I suspect there was a new intake of students, so the waiting staff a little 'wooden' and needed prompting for most things but then they do have to learn and that's why they are there. Just need to brush up on a few things waiting wise but food great, as always. Charged £9 instead of £8.50 but no worries, as at that price who can complain?! Girl on the till just needed to know how to cancel and re charge the bill (which she didn't!)More

Date of visit: January 2020
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28 November 2019|
Response from TreesrgreenDoncaster |
Both restaurants can be found on Colchester Campus, at Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL Both are open to the public. Enjoy
25 October 2019|
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Response from CHEFSCI | Property representative |
Yes, we have one outside each of our restaurants.
8 April 2019|
Response from CHEFSCI | Property representative |
The Balkerne Restaurant is open for lunch Wednesday to Friday and for dinner on a Wednesday evening. The Colne Bistro is open for lunch Wednesday to Friday. We are open term time only.
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Balkerne & Colne Restaurants is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5