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Jun 1, 2014 01:31 PM

Colchester Essex-- what's good to eat?

My sister and I want to explore the Colchester area, which of course means food. Unfortunately all the Chowhound reports are well over five years old, and things may have changed. So do any of you know af eating places other than the Company Shed where we might get some interesting, or at least satisfying food? Local or ethnic, informal or semi-formal, but food is the thing

Thanks, and I will write back as I always do when I find something worthy.

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  1. Hi there -

    My parents live there and mainly rate places outside the town centre. My personal experience of places in town have been not bad, but average - will you have a car to do some exploring further afield?

    Saying that there is a Chinese and a Caribbean place on St John St which I have not tried that could be ok. The Chinese seems to have some Sichuan specialties in the window so I am keen to know how good they are compared to what we get in London. The Caribbean sells the usual staples, and I am again, curious. - Solid and simple Cantonese food here.

    Na-Ree Thai on North Hill is not bad for more mainstream cuisine, Pad Thai etc but I found most renditions of dishes a little sweet. Their Som Tum was good though.

    Albatta in Sir Issac's Walk is actually great value for Middle Eastern. Portions are massive and fresh despite the somewhat inconspicuous storefront. You can get all your staples here, mint tea, shish, shawarma, humus etc - not a dubious-looking doner in sight. They have just renovated a Sisha and Al Fresco dining area at the back.

    Portofino on Haven Rd has been given rave reviews but again, since I haven't been back home in ages I can't second those.

    Would be keen to hear your recs and if you do have a car I can be a little more helpful! :-)

    6 Replies
      1. re: curioussheridan

        Could be a challenge - I always understood the food attractions in this area was the oyster places and smoke houses out towards the sea.

        1. re: PhilD

          It is - but the Shed is on Mersea Island which is only accessible by car. The pubs and seafood places in the villages/towns on the Essex and Suffolk coast are very good but again there is no public transport.

          I will ask around for more Colchester recs :)

          1. re: ShekhaV

            So maybe without a car it's not a sensible food excursion?

            1. re: PhilD

              But Mistley and Manningtree both have rail connections, and The Mistley Thorn is just a few minutes walk from the train station, so I assume there are also other trainable towns-- and possibly a nice pub or two in central Colchester?

              1. re: curioussheridan

                Good luck - it will be interesting to hear how it goes.

      1. re: Foxeyblue

        Thanks, Foxeyblue,
        The Stockwell looks interesting. Anyone been there?

      2. Hi curioussheridan, I'm heading to Colchester next month. Any tips on places to eat?

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        1. re: LondonLass

          With the OP only posting a few days ago, I suspect they havnt been yet. You'll have seen ShekaV's recs, upthread. If they're not what you're looking for, you may need to be more specific.