Where to eat Pub food in Wivenhoe: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 22, 2020 Vivienne Hutton

Discover Restaurants offering the best Pub food in Wivenhoe, Colchester, including The Black Buoy, The Whalebone, The Anchor Pub, The Horse and Groom, The Court House, The Greyhound Pub, The Rose & Crown, Turtle Bay - Colchester, Donkey & Buskins, The Wooden Fender

10. The Wooden Fender

Colchester Road Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7PA England British, Pub, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +44 1206 230466 http://www.woodenfendercolchester.co.uk/
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4 based on 788 reviews

The Wooden Fender

Parking: Car park Price range ££ Specialties Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee Services Takes bookings Walk-ins welcome Good for groups or parties Good for children Catering Table service Outdoor seating

Reviewed By jonathangS6248FA

Great traditional pub in Ardleigh. Good standard menu and a great selection of specials - all amazing quality and beautifully presented. Good value, and some of the friendliest and helpful staff I've come across. The perfect traditional pub - I wish this was my local!

9. Donkey & Buskins

Layer Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0HU England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +44 1206 734774 http://www.donkeyandbuskins.co.uk
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4 based on 394 reviews

Donkey & Buskins

Reviewed By Beechstreet2013

We decided to go out for Lunch & also decided to give the Donkey & Buskins another try , I phoned and made a reservations to be sure we got a table they were most accommodating suggesting a couple of times they had tables available we settled on 2.30 , we arrived at 2.20 and went to the bar ordered a drink and told them that we had a lunch reservation , the guy behind the bar sorted our drinks and advised us that the table would be available very soon it was just being cleaned , on time we were shown to our table and given the Menu’s which was extensive as well as the Roast options , we choose the Roast Beef & my partner had the Roast Lamb as we were away from the main bar area we decided to ask if our Dog was able to join us to which we were told of course our Lunch arrived quickly it was piping hot and absolutely delicious with lots of freshly cooked vegetables , we ordered another drink & also decided to have a sweet which also arrived promptly.Well done to everybody would definitely recommend & return .Even though the final bill was mixed up it was sorted.Thank you

8. Turtle Bay - Colchester

138-140 High Street, Colchester CO1 1YJ England Caribbean, Bar, Jamaican, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +44 1206 560555 https://www.turtlebay.co.uk/locations/colchester/
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4 based on 278 reviews

Turtle Bay - Colchester

Turtle Bay is an informal, immersive dining experience. Across our 44 restaurants (and counting), we bring the Caribbean sunshine with our signature dishes, cool island cocktails and classic beats. Our guests love our cocktails and mocktails as much as ou

Reviewed By J6033AVtonyg

Always difficult to rate a place based on one meal but even if it's the first visit or 100th visit the quality of the food should always reflect how the restaurant wants to attract your future business. Food was overcooked which I find hard to understand bearing in mind I have cooked it myself at home and enjoyed in other restaurants. I'm not a professional cook. That aside the service was ok and generally the prices are typically average high street charge. Hello J6033AVtonyg,Thank you for you review, we're really sorry to hear this! The Guest Experience Team would love to get to the bottom of what went wrong here. If you would like to send any further details to us, please email [email protected] We do hope that we have the chance to make this up to you in the future. ❤️

7. The Rose & Crown

The Quay, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9BX England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi [email protected] +44 1206 826371 http://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/essex/rose-crown-the-quay/
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3 based on 302 reviews

The Rose & Crown

Reviewed By Sayithowitis2000

Myself and my friends walked to wivenhoe from Brightlingsea for dinner and we thought we would try the rose and crown, I hadn't been for along time as the food is always rubbish and it still is!I recommend people go to the fish shop up the road or the black boy or greyhound pub they are much much better!

6. The Greyhound Pub

62 High Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AZ England Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar [email protected] +44 1206 825573 http://thegreypub.com
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4 based on 136 reviews

The Greyhound Pub

Reviewed By AJJP1

My family , a party of 6, called in today , completely without research after a walk .I can’t say anything but positive . Very nice seating area in the garden . Good varied menu. Very friendly service at the bar by staff . Dog friendly.Our meals were really lovely . The Caesar salad one person had was immense and really stole the show . A def return for our family , thank you .

5. The Court House

Harwich Road, Great Bromley CO7 7JG England Bar, British, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +44 1206 250322 http://bromleycourthouse.co.uk/
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4 based on 183 reviews

The Court House

A warm welcome awaits you at this beautifully refurbished, family run 17th century inn offering a wealth of facilities... Jonty's Bar ~ stocking finely kept real ales, crafted lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks Tearoom ~ serving a selection of teas, c

Reviewed By patricia b

Visited today 18th June almost empty in there more around the bar drinking. Young girl server came up to take our order. She said soup is golden vegetable so we both ordered soup. On the menu it stated with roll and butter. The soup arrived after a fair wait for it and so did the roll and would you believe the usual little butter pat which had already had the foil lid removed. I wondered why? Firstly the roll was a soft bap the type meant to be used for a Burger dry and horrible. Looked at the so called butter it was a margarine yellow colour. Tasted it guess what it was margarine, Ate the soup nothing special at all. When girl came back to clear soup bowls I said to her that is vegetable spread or margarine definitely not butter. Her reply I do not know I do not work in the kitchen, I said well tell them the roll was bad enough as it should be a crusty roll with soup. And on the menu it states butter so it is dishonest to then serve margarine. Now know why the foil lid was removed before being bought to the table. Because that would have stated no doubt margarine. Girl asked did I want to order anything else I said no. As it now stood out a mile they cut corners here trying to pass margarine off as butter what else would they get up to? Husband asked for the bill. When the girl brought it to the table I asked her what did they say in the kitchen about passing off margarine as butter. Her reply was so quiet barely audible it was obvious she had said nothing to anyone. As to her this was normal I should think cutting corners. here so why comment she was not surprised at all, If it had been a genuine mistake she would have said sorry and took the roll away and the margarine as I had spread some on the roll and bought me another. No this was no mistake. And in all my years of eating out have never been served butter with the lid already removed which says it all. Well you lost out as we never ordered dinners which we intended, And we will never come back there ever. No doubt most of your customers are elderly I am myself but not that daft that I cannot tell margarine from butter. We eat out a lot so you have done yourself no favours here at all.

4. The Horse and Groom

55 The Cross, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9QL England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +44 1206 824928 http://www.handgwivenhoe.co.uk
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4 based on 28 reviews

The Horse and Groom

A traditional Adnams pub serving a choice of 6 cask ales, lagers, ciders, spirits, wines and soft drinks. Home cooked pub lunches and breakfasts available Monday-Saturday 10:30am to 2:00pm. All welcome!

Reviewed By Taur033

We arrived en spec as another local pub had let us down and the team at the horse and groom couldn't have been more helpfulWe were warmly greeted and seated. Good food at reasonable prices There is a small carpark and beer garden at the rear

3. The Anchor Pub

High Street, Rowhedge CO5 7ES England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi +44 1206 728382 http://www.anchor-rowhedge.com/
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4 based on 232 reviews

The Anchor Pub

A beautiful Pub Restaurant set on the banks of the River Colne in Rowhedge Village. We are very proud of our home-cooked, on the premises, fresh vibrant, tasty, delicious food. All locally sought using local ingredients where possible, we offer traditiona

Reviewed By Bracken777

Hadn't been to the Anchor for a while but after a pleasant walk at a nearby nature reserve thought we would have lunch and it was really lovely ,good menue and our meals were of the highest quality and so fresh all cooked to order and served by a lovely professional waitresswho along with the young lady behind the bar always has a smile ,we sat outside on a lovely summer's day what a perfect setting ,certinaly won't leave so long next time

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2. The Whalebone

Chapel Road, Colchester CO5 7BG England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +44 1206 729307 http://thewhaleboneinn.co.uk
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4 based on 258 reviews

The Whalebone

Grade two listed Gastro pub situated at the top of the Roman River Valley in Fingringhoe, nr Colchester. Open everyday all year serving both lunch and evening meals. Craft ales, fine wines and soft drinks available. We pride ourselves on using only fresh

Reviewed By 677jackieb

We visit this pub several times a year mostly in the summer because of its lovely beer garden and pretty view although we rarely eat there because it’s a tad expensive. Previously it has been a very pleasant place with a nice cliental and atmosphere and we thought it would be ideal to take a close friend for lunch however when we visited yesterday something had changed. While the quality of the food was very good we waited nearly 45 minutes between ordering and receiving our food. When querying it was explained that they were prioritising people with young children which to be fair I could understand because these children were somewhat “disruptive” but nevertheless. While not the fault of the staff (the parents are entirely to blame) the children were noisy and ruined the ambience and we felt that there should have been a separate area for families - incidentally we are grandparents and understand children are children. People are paying a significant amount of money for their meal and should not have to wait 45 minutes and be deafened while eating. In closing I must stress that the staff were friendly and the food very good.Whilst it's not our standard code of practise to prioritise young children over adults, on this isolated occasion I felt it was the most appropriate course of action, given the situation.The child you referred to in your review had severe learning difficulties and to alleviate the infant's distress that day,I believed it beneficial to all involved, if the child was served their meal as quickly as possible.This was the only table that was prioritised over yours.This did add a 20 minute delay onto the normal expected food wait of 20-25 minutes, to which I can only apologise.

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1. The Black Buoy

Black Buoy Hill, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9BS England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +44 1206 822425 http://www.blackbuoy.co.uk
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4 based on 277 reviews

The Black Buoy

As a freehold pub, we offer a range real ales and lagers. We serve excellent British pub food which is all home-cooked by our chef and our in-house team. The wine list contains fascinating choices from near and far, with something to suit all palates. Hig

Reviewed By stevegI2660JZ

Unable to stay this time so just visited for meal following day at Colchester Zoo with grandson. Once again,Lovely serviceGreat food- half portions of many for 5 year old rather than just the ‘same old....’Array of drinks, many not so common but again top drawer. Thank you. Hope to stay with you next time. S,J and M

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