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 Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Re, Fish & Fizz Night. As usual the food and presentation where up to the Institutes high standards. All the courses where exemplary and with the Presecco, you cannot find this quality at this price anywhere else. Highly Recommended.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Beautifully cooked food and well served - can't wait to come back

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Our waiter Michael was excellent. Such good interpersonal skills and enthusiasm. We will definitely return. I did email yesterday but haven't had a response.

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Very good service and attentive staff. Food was food but could have been seasoned better..

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

We love coming to The Balkerne, everyone is very friendly and polite. The food is beautifully cooked and served. Our last waiter was a very polite young man and couldn't do enough for us. His name was Celab and it was only his second service, he did extremely well.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

An amazing environment for future chefs and front of house students to learn, while enjoying excellent food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 November 2019

2 comments on the portion size of the plaice. Very happy with my duck and lamb meatballs

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Excellent food and service as always. Fantastic opportunity for students to progress as proved by the successes of many of your past students

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 November 2019

A very enjoyable meal. We were very impressed with the young staff's appearance and delivery.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Super quality food , presented well by attentive and pleasent staff. Special mention for our waitress Elly, whos happy demeanour and detail to please was commendable.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

I am the organiser of a group who attend an annual lunch at the Balkerne Room. We find the service is impeccable, the staff and students are so helpful and polite, The Institute Staff are always show great care and attention to our needs. The menu is always varied and appealing and the food is excellent and very good value. Always a wonderful visit- thank you so much.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The food and service were superb. My partner said it was the best meal he's ever had and we've eaten is some extremely fancy restaurants!

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

The food and service was amazing! We had a large group and requests were taken for our booking in advance, with options for those with dietary requirements. Students and staff went out of their way to accommodate us. We were made to feel very welcome and we will be booking again! Thank you!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 October 2019

No complaints, everything was excellent.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Our front of house waiter called Ben was truly amazing. A very professional young man that will go far. The food we had was amazing. Thank you from Table 87

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

The young people who served us were delightful, helpful and smiley.We had very good lunch and enjoyed our selves.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Great service and great food

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Excellant value for money. Students were great. Very enjoyable lunch with my friends.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Excellent service. Lovely meal

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

My dining experience was excellent. The students were very professional and attentive with their service. The food was outstanding and delicious, I am looking forward to dining with you again soon.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Had a great meal and great service as usual. Looking forward to next time.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

We really enjoyed our dinning experience. The students were smartly dressed, smiley and attentive. My lunch guest has eaten in a lot of top London restaurants and was highly impressed with the food and service. My only small criticism is that we felt a little rushed between courses. However when we asked to be allowed a few minutes this was politely accepted. Over all a very gòod expriance, the mocktail on arrival was a pleasent suprise gesture, especially as i was driving. Thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 October 2019

The restaurant comes back after the summer break with its usual exemplary food and service. I cannot fault this place. We have two more bookings and the Christmas Special to go to! Treat yourself and go to the Balkerne Restaurant, you won't be disappointed.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 October 2019

The 3 course dinner was the equal or better than the gastro pubs and Restaurants in and around Colchester. Well done to the chefs.

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Visited On Friday, 27 September 2019

Excellent networking lunch. I have received numerous comments on the excellent food and service. A fantastic team.

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