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Grain

11a North Hill The old Joinery, Colchester, United Kingdom, CO1 1DZ
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Opening Information

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 6.30-9

Wednesday - 12-2 6.30-9

Thursday - 12-2 6.30-9

Friday - 12-2 6.30-9.30

Saturday - 12-2 6.30-9.30

Sunday - Closed

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Outside Seating Area
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About Grain

Tucked away in a cosy nook of Colchester is a venue at the forefront of modern cuisine within the area. Grain offers something unrivalled and unique to all of its gleeful diners, serving small plates that are bursting with the most sumptuous flavours. Diners are invited to create their own tasting menu, categorised into four main sections: garden, water, land and sweet, which change with the seasons, but never compromise on quality.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

The food was amazing, every single course was beautifully presented and tasted even better. The service from the waiting staff excelled! Would recommend to anyone looking for something special and different.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Fantastic evening with a great atmosphere, friendly staff who were also very helpful. Food was of a good standard and I enjoyed the smaller dishes but quickly became full. The restaurant is modern, light and airy.Will definitely return if we are ever in the area again.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

We had a lovely experience at Grain for Saturday lunch. The staff were friendly and professional, and very accomodating when we were late to our booking due to traffic. The food was incredible and a cosy setting. I’ll definitely be coming back.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Fabulous as always. So lovely to have such an innovative and exciting restaurant in Colchester finally!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Menu is ground breaking and exceptional. Staff are friendly and efficient, professional and well organised.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

We had a great meal. The standard of cuisine is very high: we think it should be a main entry in the Good Food Guide rather than just a Local Gem. Presentation is exquisite; service excellent. Prices are modest in relation to the quality of the cooking. We will return! (It would be helpful if there were a sign in North Hill directing first time visitors to the restaurant.)

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Divine food, beautifully prepared and presented in a cosy atmosphere with excellent service.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

A nice evening - great food!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

There aren't enough stars in the galaxy to rate this wonderful innovative eating experience highly enough. Welcoming, knowledgeable staff and a relaxed inviting atmosphere make coming to grain so pleasurable you'll be looking for any excuse to come back. And that is without even mentioning the food which is easily Michelin-star level. As a wheelchair user; to find somewhere in Colchester of this calibre that is disabled friendly with staff who are very happy to help is truly wonderful. I have been coming to grain since it first opened and I have made it my mission to visit as often as I possibly can.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Excellent food Would prefer greater choice of bottled beers including cask beers eh ghost ship

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Grain is still a go to watery in Colchester. However after several visits there appears to have been some changes that don’t feel right. One of note is the (apparent) sudden use of very large plates to serve what is notionally a tapas-like serving. There may be good reason for this in the owners minds. I like Grain for the ability to share meals, maze style, which is hard to do with the new plating philosophy.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Amazing

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We both felt this was the best food we had eaten outside of a Michelin star restaurant - bravo! The waitress was fantastic - friendly and attentive. The venue itself did not lend itself particularly well to creating a great atmosphere with its bittiness, but it was great to be able to see the chefs at work. Overall an exceptional dining experience - we'll be back soon!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Indifferent and perhaps a little disappointed with the food. We tried the terriaki salmon which was raw inside, we thought this was a bit off being served to a 5 year old. My wife also didnt like it. I tried the grey mullet, this was as salty as it gets, like someone had poured too much salt onto it. The chicken was nice, the lamb was under seasoned, the haddock was nice, the bulgar wheat was excellent. The Beet&Chocolate brownie was OK..Best dish of the lot was the Poutin. Overall lacking in the wow factor, reasonable cooking but at £40 a head I don't think we would return to Grain.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Simply excellent !!

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Great lunch as always; love that we have this on our doorstep! Would thoroughly recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Probably the best place to eat in Colchester. Fantastic.

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