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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, 03 April 2019

34 of us had an excellent meal, food & service good as usual. The attention to detail is excellent & we hope to return next year

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Great value for money.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

A very enjoyable evening, well handled by a young team

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

We had a very enjoyable evening,everyone seemed relaxed and the staff were lovely.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

We had an absolutely fantastic evening in every way, on Wednesday. We have nothing but praise for the enterprise in raising such an amazing amount for a very deserving cause, especially as it was in memory of a student and friend. Not only were all the elements marked above excellent, the raffle prizes were also superb and it's testament to the hard work of everyone involved that they were procured. We are never disappointed with our evenings in Balkerne Restaurant and this one was no exception. Well done to all concerned. Joyces and Yelvertons

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

What a delight !Very friendly and efficient students and staff and delicious meals . Love coming and having a meal there in either the Balkerne Restaurant or the Colne Bistro . Congratulations to all the students and staff ( not forgetting those behind the scenes as well !!)for all their hard work and making a lunch visit such a pleasurable one. Thank you we will be visiting again very soon

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

George Young started his annual Birthday Lunch in the Balkerne Restaurant in March 1992 and hosted it every year until his death early in 2010. From that year on the Friends of George Young have continued with that lunch in his memory. In all that time the quality of the food, the atmosphere, the value for money and the service have never been less than excellent. Grateful thanks especially to Steve, Stephanie and Denise for ensuring that this extremely high standard was maintained this year.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 March 2019

We had a fabulous evening with delicious food and attentive staff. Best food in Colchester. Have booked to go back soon.

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 March 2019

We always enjoy coming and introducing friends to the Balkherne Restaurant. We find that everybody we've taken so far loved it but not many seemed to know it exists!

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

We had a great visit to your restaurant on a cold blustery day. Everyone was very attentive. The only slight negative was several of us chose a dessert that was no longer available and although we were offered something else all the others were the cold alternatives and we all fancied something warm with custard. We are not put off returning though so well done everyone

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

We thought that the tutor in the restaurant was a bit over the top and butted in when the waitress was in conversation with us which we thought was rather rude.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 March 2019

That French Apple Tart was too die for and the quiche purchased was delicious.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Our members thought the meal was very delectable and the staff and students were very proficient and welcoming. We look forward to our next visit.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Cool evening!

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Our BEXARA Group of 50 members were very satisfied last Friday and cannot wait to come again. Excellent food, service and general attention . First class parking arrangements for our coach -a BIG thank you to ALL. We will be back

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Visited On Thursday, 07 March 2019

Food was very tasty and nicely presented. As always, the student do a very good job at the restaurant. Service was also very good yesterday.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 March 2019

There were ten of us for dinner and we all had a beautiful evening at the Balkerne Restaurant. We were warmly welcomed and made to feel very relaxed whilst receiving the best quality food and service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Fabulous food, very well presented and cooked. Some of the waiting staff clearly very nervous, but hey, we all started a new job at some time. Will deffo come again and recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 March 2019

We had excellent service throughout our meal, our waitress Lucy was very attentive and efficient.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Excellent communication before coming to the evening. Couldn't do enough for us on the evening.

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

Everyone in our party of 10 thoroughly enjoyed their meal and congratulated both Staff and Students A really first class experience Thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Food absolutely excellent, well cooked and presented. Great choice of menu options too. Staff very friendly and couldn't do enough to assist. Restaurant slightly lacking atmosphere due to bright lighting (I assume for training purposes), but value and quality certainly outweighs this.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Fantastic food, lovely service

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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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