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Restaurant recommendations

Yes, once again i need restaurant recommendations.

Martin's mum and dad are coming on friday and we need to find a decent restaurant as it's for his 21st. The only idea i have come up with is the rose and crown, anyone know what its like? Or the Lemon tree, but is that really pricey, anyone know?

More suggestions would be gratefully recieved, not indian, thai or chinese though, we always end up somewhere like that.





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The Lemon Tree was amazing the first time I went - and pretty good last time - it costs about £50 for dinner for two including a bottle of wine and puddings and tip and stuff.

The Bakehouse in Wivenhoe got a really good review from my friend. Actually is that what it is called?! Hmmm I'll find out.

I've also heard the North Hill Brasserie (I think that's what it is called) is good but from what I can see of it I'm not sure if I'd agree!





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Is that the Rose and Crown in Wivenhoe? Its foods okay. It's standard gastropub stuff. Not quite a restaurant really.

The place in Wivenhoe near the Rose and Crown opposite the video shop is supposed to be really nice. Can't remember the name though. It might well be the Bakehouse.

I should plug the Circle of Seasons the restaurant my housemate works at, but I won't as it seems pretty awful.

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No, i mean the rose and crown near rollerworld, i think thats what it is called, maybe im wrong, the big black anad white one hmmm... I looked at the lemon tree website and it doesnt look too bad, martins parents are paying, so i dont know why im concerned about the price!





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Valentino's on Wivenhoe High Street is brilliant. It's just before the Bakehouse on the right as you walk down. Quite a small place, a nice family-run kind of atmosphere, the food's great and not too expensive. They're a pizzeria, but they do other kinds of Italian dishes too.

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Check out the restaurant near the bridge going up towards town from tesco. I think its called The Old Siege House, its in a big tudor building. The food is great but expect to pay for it!
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yeah the seige house isn't bad, the set menu is not exactly cheap but you pay £15 for three courses and coffee so for a large number of people costs won't spiral out of control.

Don't know about other places, the nice little italian place next to castle park has closed, there are no good food pubs and all the curry houses here are rubbish. So eating out isn't one of colchesters strongpoints.






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posted on 23-4-2006 at 17:28 Reply With Quote
John, as per usual you are wrong which a shame really as you are a lovely lad

Recommendations (dependent of many aspects)

Zizzi: Chain italian in the town centre. Friendly staff, nice ambience and layout and good quality food. Prices and menu can be found at www.zizzi.co.uk.

R&C: Rose & Crown on Eastgates. Specialises in indian/french fusion cuisine and although not financially crippling can still be a bit harsh with drinks on top at the end. Lovely bar to drink in after though with an open log fire.

Siege House: Bit pricey but you get what you pay for. High quality service and a good food selection to be had. The steak with curry sauce was gorgeous and their lemon sorbet is to die for.

Le Maison Talbooth: The creme de la creme around these parts. If you are seriously interested ring to make sure they have space to make a reservation. Part of the Talbooth 'chain' and one of the few 'to be seen' places around (Ipswich Town footballers have weddings there and b-list celebs dine when in the area for whatever reason.) Just outside of Colchester but under a tenner in a taxi and well worth the trip.

As for other suggestions, the Lemon Tree is OK but I don't ever feel really comfortale in there for whatever reason. The Warehouse in the town centre may be worth taking a shufty at as well. Round the back of The Playhouse and quite unique with it's two level lay out. 3 course meal starts at just under £15 and not heard anyone complain about it to date.

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If any of your party are under 4 ft 7 then go to zentral where you'll eat for half price
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Well we wanted the lemon tree, but they have a jazz evening, so we have made a reservation at cafe rouge, anyone know if its any good? or should we just cancel now?





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Well we wanted the lemon tree, but they have a jazz evening, so we have made a reservation at cafe rouge, anyone know if its any good? or should we just cancel now?


its not bad, but i felt it a little overpriced but then i remember enjoying what i ate and its quite nice i guess, i think vegetarian options are very limited if that bothers anyone on the party

On a side note its all glass windowed and i felt uncomfortable at having loads of people staring at me while i ate, but this may just be me being weird.






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The best place to eat in colchester is Bella Pais. It is a little Greek restaurant on St JOhns Street. It isvery well priced and the prtions are HUUUUUUUUGEEEEEE! I have lived in colchester all of my life and it is definitely the best. I was so full up but I couldn't bear to leave the lovely food so I continued to eat until I was almost in tears from the pain!






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The best place to eat in colchester is Bella Pais. It is a little Greek restaurant on St JOhns Street. It isvery well priced and the prtions are HUUUUUUUUGEEEEEE! I have lived in colchester all of my life and it is definitely the best. I was so full up but I couldn't bear to leave the lovely food so I continued to eat until I was almost in tears from the pain!


But their menu is soooo limited. Agreed on the portion sizes and quality though but there really isn't muhc choice.





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Well we wanted the lemon tree, but they have a jazz evening, so we have made a reservation at cafe rouge, anyone know if its any good? or should we just cancel now?


It really depends on what you want and what his parents are willing to pay - Cafe Rouge is nice enough but a bit run of the mill, the sort of place you could go if you are eating out for the sake of it. If you want somewhere special for the special occasion you could do a lot better for probably not a lot of difference in price.

Further to other suggestions, I recommend the Old Boat House in Dedham. Right next to the river, its glorious. Will be genuinely memorable, and is in lovely surroundings in Constable country.





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the bakehouse in wivenhoe is by the far and away the nicest place to eat in colchester although the siege house is pretty special too. it has to be said that colchester isn't exactly teeming with great places to eat though. lots of chain restaurants though like zizzi's and ask and i guess you know what you'll get when you go there.





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I like Fai's noodle bar, or the actual noodle bar itself - but given you said you dont fancy chinese, I'd guess that isnt much help


The beefeater near the station (the albert) is quite nice (u can usually get some money off vouchers from thier website) - same for the brewers fayre at the end of the ipswich road - not outstanding menus, but for the price they are not too bad.

Zizzi (spl) - the one Colin mentioned - is really nice too.

Ask and La Tasca on north hill are also really nice

(im not too keen on italin, so couldnt rate the food!)





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I am going out for dinner tonight. We are eating in the bar of the Rose and Crown near Rollerworld, any recommendations? Another good restaurant in Colcheater is Franco's, it's down one of those little alleyways just off of Head Street and it is lovely. The decor is a bit suspect but the food is tasty for sho! It is franch and italian cuisine I think, nice little family run place.






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I like Fai's noodle bar, or the actual noodle bar itself - but given you said you dont fancy chinese, I'd guess that isnt much help


The beefeater near the station (the albert) is quite nice (u can usually get some money off vouchers from thier website) - same for the brewers fayre at the end of the ipswich road - not outstanding menus, but for the price they are not too bad.

Zizzi (spl) - the one Colin mentioned - is really nice too.

Ask and La Tasca on north hill are also really nice

(im not too keen on italin, so couldnt rate the food!)


I really don't like La Tasca but then 'tapas' in general does not sit with me. If I wanted nibbles I would go to a wedding reception! Fais is good esepcially on a Sunday when they do a buffet which includes sushi. Muchos tastious!

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Franko's is by far the best.
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Also, on Queen Street - Prezzo is good.
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I really like the crown in ardleigh. its a special little place for me. The food is nice its well priced and feels all cosy inside.
The yew tree in great horksley used to be lovely when it had its calvery but i dont know what its like now without it. If youve got a bit more money to spend then the white hart in coggeshall is really nice.Has a name like a grotty little pub but it is actually quite a nice up market restaurant.





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Thankyou to everyone, martin picked up a menu from cafe rouge yesterday and it looks good, so i think we will stick with there. Hopefully, there wont be too many people to stare through the window in the evening, we shall see.....





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My mate is the head chef at cafe rouge i just thought i'd sahre this with you all as i still have till tomorrow to finish my essays and that just isn't enough of a challenge yet so need to waste time
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My mate is the head chef at cafe rouge i just thought i'd sahre this with you all as i still have till tomorrow to finish my essays and that just isn't enough of a challenge yet so need to waste time



Is he any good then? if so, is he working on friday?





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My mate is the head chef at cafe rouge i just thought i'd sahre this with you all as i still have till tomorrow to finish my essays and that just isn't enough of a challenge yet so need to waste time



Is he any good then? if so, is he working on friday?


He's not bad, the crayfish he did for our work crimbo dinner was rather beautiful but i've yet to sample his work at cafe rouge. i'm not sure if he's working or not i tend to not ask people about weekends anymore because i always have to work and it just gets me down if i hear that peeps get to have fun why i have to deal with drunk squaddies

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