Balkerne Restaurant

Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, United Kingdom, CO3 3LL
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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 - 3 courses including tea/coffee (including roast of the day)
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
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Bar

About Balkerne Restaurant

Located in our Colchester campus, CH&FS (The Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies) 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.

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.

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.

All food served may contain trace elements of nuts. We are unable to provide a guarantee that any dish or product is 100% nut free. We will however label products that contain nuts in line with the recipe specification.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

Excellent food and friendly service.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

What a fantastic lunch. The calves liver & bacon and the smoked salmon starters were superb. This is not to take anything away from the mains and desserts which were equally delicious, Can't wait for our next visit.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

Had much better meals and service in the past. Shame.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Excellent

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 February 2020

It was unfortunate that the mushroom and cheese croquettes were bland with little or no taste and the lamb kebabs tasted highly of liver!! But apart from that all was good many thanks Carrie

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Visited On Friday, 07 February 2020

We had a very enjoyable lunch. The food was delicious and the service was very good.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

A lovely lunch - great value.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Would have been 5* had my cheese soufflé riven like everyone else's !

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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

We have a fabulous lunch the food was superb. The service excellent. Thanks to Louis he was very polite, friendly and attentive.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 January 2020

Most enjoyable meal.We can’t wait to return! Congratulations to all the staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Coffee Service a bit slow and not very good as we didn’t get what we ordered and had to wait 30 minutes for it. But food was really good. I would be looking forward to go again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Liver & Bacon excellent. Pie & Salmon very good Lamb was a little disappointing.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Good food with a worthwhile objective.

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

Such a good experience. Did feel sorry for our waiter as we had so many questions about the food which he had to go & ask about, maybe he should have been updated before service? He didn't mind & everything was done with patience & a smile. The chef was amazing - my friend, although vegetarian, didn't like the vegetarian option so the chef came out to discuss then "rustled" up something for her - really kind of her & it was delicious & presentation was amazing. Would definitely recommend to others

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

The best place to eat in Colchester

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 January 2020

I’d highly recommend eating at Chefs. The service is always attentive and the food outstanding. And unbelievable value too!

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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

Fantastic service, fantastic food,fantastic value for money.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 January 2020

We had a lovely evening at the Balkerne restaurant. The food was excellent, delicious, perfectly cooked and superb presentation. Our waiter Olly was very good, friendly yet professional and very welcoming. All in all a lovely evening out and i would highly reccommned the Blakerne to others

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Visited On Friday, 17 January 2020

Jack was amazing and the food was excellent

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Had a very enjoyable meal. The service and the food was fantastic. Have already booked again

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

Food and service was excellent my son David trained with you and now lives in USA after having a internship in USA and was just visiting good to catch up with Jenny

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Wonderful food. Really good service. A very enjoyable evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

This is an inspirational place to visit. We were given a friendly welcome and escorted to our table. We were introduced to our waiter for the evening Ben who certainly looked after us throughout the evening. This restaurant is staffed with 2nd and 3rd year students who are studying at the institute. The food was well cooked and presented. Having eaten in many places the standard here is very high. The restaurant was busy and had a lovely vibe. We had a great evening and all involved should be proud of the standard they have reached. Thank you. This is my review on Tripadvisor

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Tasty food, and generous portions at a good value for money. My only negative was that it felt a bit rushed and pressured, in that the waiters/waitresses were too keen to clear the table when people still hadn't finished their drinks. I do understand that that they were keen to clear the tables by 2.30 pm, however, I think this could have been handled better, as it was quite annoying to be kept being asked if we had finished when we were still drinking our teas/coffees.

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