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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 Friday, 07 December 2018

I attended the Christmas Lunch with friends - three of whom had never been to the Balkerne Restaurant before. We were all very impressed with the quality of both service and food - from the warm welcome we received upon arrival to the exemplary display of turkey carving at the buffet table. Well done to all of you! And thank you for getting the festive season off to such a great start

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Fantastic food and service and value

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Always enjoy our visits & meals

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Great service, friendly staff. Good food, always a pleasure to bring friends along to try the place.

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

A stunning meal, the food was beautifully prepared, the quantity was very generous and the students were friendly and confident. I needed to help myself to a welcome drink as the invite had been forgotten but the drinks were delicious. I loved every minute, the student serving us was excellent and everythign was great, well done

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Very enjoyable lunch. The students looked very smart in their suits. Looking forward to lunching there again in January.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Excellent value for money experience, where superb food is cooked and served by students who are learning the job. Both students and tutors are delightful and very attentive.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

We had a lovely evening. The servers were very professional, attentive and charming. The food was faultless, very good quality and exceptionally good value for money. Looking forward to returning.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Cannot recommend this place highly enough. All food prepared and cooked on site to a very high standard by a dedicated team of young chefs. and all at an exceptional price. Once tried you'll become a regular like us!

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Excellent all round

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Another superb and interesting meal, staff are all helpful and friendly. Have booked two further meals which we are looking forward to

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Excellent food, and service, provided at a thoroughly realistic cost. Enjoyment to be had while helping aspiring [largely young people] in the catering world to move forward in their professional careers. A Win/Win situation for all, while providing a most enjoyable dining experience for your clients....us!. Thank You

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Lovely food, great atmosphere - the background music was just the right level. Our waitress Skye was very friendly and helpful and the whole lunch was excellent value for money. It was the first time my friend had visited the restaurant and she was very impressed. We'll be back!

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Visited On Thursday, 08 November 2018

Love coming to the Balkerne Restaurant, lovely atmosphere and the food is excellent. All the young students are so polite and cheerful. Can't wait to come back soon.

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 October 2018

all good, as always. thanks.

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Visited On Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Excellent as always.

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Visited On Tuesday, 30 October 2018

As always, lovely food and excellent service

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Another enjoyable lunch

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

We were very pleased with the food and service in general, but would just like to say that the Spiced Pear Crumble 2 of us had, was a very small portion....but more importantly was almost cold, as was the custard. Which was a bit of a shame. Tasted nice fhough.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Had a lovely evening. Already booked to come again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Delicious food, well presented. Good service, students friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

CHEFS - it's such a treat to eat here. You are always made to feel welcomed. You are well looked after. The students are always very helpful and serve with a smile. As for the food - well - it really is first class. I've been coming for several years now and never had a bad experience. I bring many friends so they can enjoy the experience too. It's always a special treat. Long may you survive. I look forward to many more delicious meals with you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

As every, superb lunch, all dishes were amazing and I don't think you can get a better meal in Colchester, especially for the price. Very good service too.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Amazing food every time, well worth a visit

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Everything as wished, food could not be faulted neither value, due to relocation we missed coming back for over a year, tasty and well presented food, friendly staff congratulations to all especially considering it is only the start of the new academic year. Wishing the Course leaders and students all the very best. Pam

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