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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, 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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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Great food in a friendly atmosphere, a lovely way to have lunch with our friends.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

A most enjoyable visit. Food was very good and the service from our waiter excellent. We would like to commend Miles who waited at our table for his service which was very good without being over the top.We wish him success in his career.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

All students were helpful and eager to please. We felt privileged to be helping the youngsters of today on their work journey. Good luck each and everyone of you.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

The first course - bacon jam, egg etc was equal to the best ever eaten (ditto my guest). Excellent meal overall.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Another very enjoyable meal. Imaginative and well-presented dishes - we loved the desserts - and good value for money. Students and supervising staff friendly and helpful. Congratulations to all concerned.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Looking forward to our next visit

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Wonderful place to eat. Attentive staff and lovely food.

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Visited On Friday, 21 September 2018

Really accommodating and friendly staff. It was a pleasure to dine there and looking forward to a return visit! Thank you very much and keep up the great work!

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Visited On Thursday, 20 September 2018

Fantastic food, excellent service and friendly staff. Booking an event was made simple and easy with no fuss or hassle. I would strongly recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 May 2018

The food was outstanding and we both enjoyed every aspect of our evening 10 out 10, would highly recommend a visit.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Made comments on card on the day. Group of five. Attend frequently. All enjoyed the food very much. Personally consider the best meal for long time. Waitress quietly efficient.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 May 2018

We were a party of 25.Excellent lunch, the food was delicious and the service was good too. Hope to return again next year

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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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