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Balkerne Restaurant

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

Monday - Closed all day
Tuesday Lunch - Closed
Tuesday Dinner - 7.00-7.45
Wednesday Lunch - 12.00-12.45
Wednesday Dinner - 7.00-7.45
Thursday Lunch - 12.00-12.45
Thursday Dinner - Closed
Friday lunch - 12.00-12.45
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 and Thursday 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 Friday, 18 May 2018

Delicious food and beautifully presented. We felt that everything was prepared and served with fresh, high quality ingredients; TLC and as though it has been made as an occasion, especially for us! A great deal of thought and care was given to correct presentation and our server was helpful, courteuos, professional and discreet. It was a very relaxing, pleasant atmosphere and so lovely to go somewhere where nothing is too much trouble to please. Why would we ever want to go anywhere else, we asked ourselves. Well done to all the staff and students!

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Excellent hospitality and value for money. Very good food and a fantastic training experience. A minor ordering error was corrected very quickly and did not detract from the experience. Very well worth the walk from town.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Very welcoming and knowledgeable about menu. Staff looked very smart.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Really good evening. And great value. Always enjoyable, especially fine dining, but would love to see small investment in soft furnishings to match quality of food and general service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Been several times and certainly not been disappointed n fact quite the opposite.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

From booking up to attending the evening, the staff were excellent. On the night the waiting staff were very good, and attentive, the food was also very good, the wine was lovely, the lady explaining the wines was very knowledgeable, my family and I were very pleased with the evening

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Food amazing with wonderful wines beautifully matched with each dish. Fantastic evening!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

We had a lovely evening, the information about the wines was excellent, a throughly enjoyable experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

An excellent evening again at the Balkern Restaurant. It was an Italian Themed Night with a glass of Preseco to start. Served by charming young man called Conner George. This is brilliant establismment serves all in house prepared and cooked food by the students. Trust me this is a must visit. Check it out.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Unfortunately not as good as last time. Less choice and less skill on show. A set first course and a set desert too. I have to say that it was disappointing and didn't represent value for money.

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Dear Mr Piatkowski, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your dining experience with us on Wednesday 9th May. We are now closed until September, but do hope that you will consider dining with us again next year, where we hope we can improve the experience for you. Kind regards Stephanie Humphrys - Reception Duty Manager

Responded On Thursday, 24 May 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Excellent as ever. Faultless

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Very polite staff and just the right level of interaction.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

Fabulous meal for all of us. Food and service were superb. Well done to the students for their professionalism and hospitality. Will definitely recommend!

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Excellent food and service throughout the 17/18 academic year. Looking forward to September for our next meal there.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

The baked sea bream in papillote was very salty this time as the one that I had last Friday 20th April, was superb. Apart from this, my friend had a roast pork dish with mash and gravy and she found the food was cold and the salad accompaniment was not suitable for a roast lunch. She had expected boiled/steamed vegetables.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

Great food and wonderfull value as always served by helpful and willing students

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Special Steak night tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed our steaks with home made fries and a peppercorn sauce. As usual the meal was up to high standards we've come to expect from the young chefs at the Institute. With an excellent starter and an amuse bouche, and complimentry glass of wine, what a great evening. We also sampled a cocktail that a young lady at the institute(who's name i'm terribly sorry I have forgotten) had invented and won a prize for. It was brilliant, but with a double shot of alcohol we had to stick to only one glass. The students prepare and cook "all" the food in house. So if you want real food, pleasant atmosphere and a great price, support your local students and book a visit to the Balkerne Restaurant you won't be disappointed.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Excellent as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Spanish evening food was mixed in preparation, cooking styles and quality. I have to say it wasn't the best meal we've eaten here. A lot of fried / griddled food led to indigestion later on! The starters and the soup were really lovely and plentiful and very well presented and varied. The main tapas course was not so good and the paella was overcooked and sticky. Not a high point. Deserts were also mixed with fried doughnuts included! Could have done with a bit more variety of cooking styles. Value for money was excellent though! Service was terrific as usual. It won't put us off returning as I think it was probably more to do with ther choice of food presented this time. The menu was a set one. 8/10 this time, but a good effort nevertheless.

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Great Spanish themed evening, interesting and tasty selection of food, delicious.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

My members were very happy with everything and are rather keen to repeat the experience. Thankyou for all your help with the arrangements etc.,

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Dear Mrs Cantwell, we are glad to hear that you and your guests all enjoyed your lunch last week. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to re-book again for next year. Many thanks.

Responded On Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Although the restaurant looks better now it’s still quite old fashioned. I came with quite a big group and we all had a lovely time, the food was delicious and the service excellent. Ethan seemed really confident and helpful, attentive but not intrusive. My only real

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable evening . Delightful , well mannered students . Delicious food.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 March 2018

This is the 27th year the George Young Birthday Lunch has been held in the Balkerne Restaurant. It says much for the quality of the food and for the excellence of the service from both the experienced staff and the students that there has never been any thought of holding it elsewhere.

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Visited On Friday, 16 March 2018

As always excellent food, service and atmosphere Thank you Neil & corinne

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