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Balkerne Restaurant

Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, United Kingdom, CO3 3LL
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Opening Information

Monday & Tuesday - Closed all day

Wednesday Lunch - 12.00-12.45 - 3 courses including tea/coffee
Wednesday Dinner - 7.00-7.45 - 3 courses including tea/coffee

Thursday Lunch - 12.00-12.45 - 3 courses including tea/coffee
Thursday Dinner - Closed

Friday lunch - 12.00-12.45 - 2 course roast of the day carved in the restaurant, followed by dessert
Friday Dinner - Closed

For all reservations of 6 or more people, we require a deposit of £5.00 per person. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a full/partial cancellation.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi

About Balkerne Restaurant

Located in our Colchester campus, The Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies (CH&FS) offers guests the opportunity to dine in either of our two restaurants – the Balkerne Restaurant and the Colne Bistro.
Every customer that walks through our doors is directly contributing towards the success of the next generation of hospitality staff – both chefs and front of house.

In 2008, the Balkerne Restaurant received the College Restaurant of the Year Award from Restaurant Magazine.
The process behind achieving this award is deemed, by the magazine, to be ‘the most comprehensive test a college can face in a real environment’ and goes to show the incredible determination and talent of the students at CH&FS.

Officially opened by its patron, Gary Rhodes, in October 2002, our multi-million pound purpose-built Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies provides excellent facilities and training for hospitality students and aims to give them a realistic sense of what it is like to work in the hospitality industry.

At the Balkerne Restaurant we endeavour to serve modern cuisine. Dishes that take seasonal produce and then give them a modern twist by pairing essentially British ingredients with European and Asian Flavours, and using modern, up-to-date cooking techniques. For the ultimate in modern dining, try our Wednesday evenings which are run by our level 2 student’s front of house and level 3 students in the kitchen.

For all reservations of 6 or more people, we require a deposit of £5.00 per person. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a full/partial cancellation.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Loved the 80s theme. I think everyone was pleased with their food and was so impressed with all the trouble you had gone to with the vegan meal. The only one negative for me was the lack of vegetables with the chicken.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Fantastic food and conscientious service

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

A great lunch. The calves liver + bacon starter was cooked to perfection; the liver very tender and bacon crisp. The highlight of the meal were the crepe suzettes dessert which were absolutely amazing.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Excellent as usual

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Visited On Thursday, 31 January 2019

Usual high standard of meal and service

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A great themed evening, with lovely food and drink and great service and value for money, really enjoyed it Thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Room very noisy lamb a bit tough but everything else well cooked and served. A great evening

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Had to wait for the main course but it was well worth waiting for!

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Unfortunately as my wife’s order was incorrectly taken, her chosen dish of duck ( which did arrive quickly) was dry. But apart from that everything was excellent and the students are a credit to the college. Thanks again, we will return. Alan Tower

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

My husband I love coming to Colchester Institute to eat either lunch times or on an evening in either The Colne restaraunt or The Balkerne Restaurant . On this particular occasion we visited bringing our friends who are visiting the U.K. from America for an extended holiday . I must say the they enjoyed the meal as much as we did and have asked that we all come again for another meal . Thank you

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Always an enjoyable experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

A very lovely place , with excellent food and good prices

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Great team, great theme and great evening. Will visit again.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 January 2019

Wonderful meal with excellent polite and friendly service .thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A very pleasant afternoon lunch I have been often thoroughly recommend it.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 January 2019

Please offer more wines by the glass! Unfortunately the choice is a little limited, and as I can't drink a whole bottle (!!) and don't like the limited choice offered by the glass I usually end up drinking tap water, which results in loss of revenue to you. Food and Service was excellent, very friendly and attentive. Thank you!

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Visited On Thursday, 10 January 2019

We were a group of 10 work colleagues who enjoyed a 3 course lunch at the Balkerne Restaurant. Good menu choices, excellent food and service was smooth. Great value for money, I would highly recommend to anyone.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 January 2019

an enjoyable lunch

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Visited On Thursday, 10 January 2019

Great really good food, live supporting the hospitality leaders of the future. Well done to you all for a great service.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Very good Christmas meal on Friday. Students were very attentive,polite and served the meal well. Enjoyed having a buffet this year. Some of the group didn't like not having custard with the steamed pudding,however when we rated the Orange sauce it was just right with the light pudding Everyone thought the meal was much better this year. Please thank all students for their work experience and the staff for making sure they have the skills necessary. Anne Barney

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Had a really enjoyable meal with my sister and her husband last Friday. My sister, husband and I had the traditional turkey meal which we all enjoyed. My brother-in-law chose the fish cake which he found wasn't as good. We always have a lovely time when we visit the Balkerne room. The students are all so caring and eager a real credit to the teachers.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

The meal was very enjoyable. My only negative comment is that the booking system was rather haphazard.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Happy, friendly students, very attentive, smartly dressed. The service was of the usual high standard. We love coming to the Balkerne !

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

amazing christmas menu and the service was fabulous as always ! so pleased we are able to support the college whilst getting something back , one of our favorite places to dine !

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

First time I have not given 5 stars for food. Very disappointed especially in the Turkey dinner. No flavour in any of the meat or sausages and thin watery and greasy gravy.

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