Find this good restaurant, specialising in British dishes, close to the cathedral entrance.
Expect solid wooden tables, crisp white napery, nicely candle lit during the evening - and an atmosphere perhaps more akin to the 1950's.
Starters such as 'Colchester Oysters with Shallot Vinegar'; 'Duch Heart Terrine with Fig Chutney & Toast'; 'Wild Mushroom, Chestnut, Spinach & Dunsyre Blue Cheese Tartlet' and 'Ox Tongue with Onion Purée & Roasted Beetroot' set the style on a winter menu.
To be followed by 'Roast Free-Range Chicken Breast with Smoked Chicken & Ham Pie, Broccoli & Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes'; 'Pan-Roasted Breast of Romney Marsh Free Range Duck with Pan Haggerty, Curly Kale, Shallot Tart & Slow-Cooked Duck Leg'; 'Pan-Fried Monkfish Tail with Buttered Potato, Spinach, Bacon & Wild Mushroms' and 'Vegetable Wellington with Sweet Potato, Celeriac, Jerusalem Artichoke & Chestnut Mousse with Cauliflower Purée & Winter Greens' listed among the mains.
If you still have room you might be tempted by 'Upside Down Apple Cake & Clotted Cream'; 'Steamed Golden Syrup Pudding with Vanilla Custard' or 'Trio of Chocolate - Dark Mousse, White Chocolate Cream Cheese & Chocolate Chip Cookie'.
Lunch brings lighter fare ranging from sandwiches &light salads such as 'Walnut, Pear & Rosary Cheese' through 'Beer Battered Fish & Chips' and their popular pie of the day - such as 'Free-Range Chicken, Ham & Tarragon with New Potatoes & Curly Kale'.
Service is both professional & friendly.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-15.00; mains £9 to £13 (sandwiches from about £5)
- Dinner: all week 17.00-22.00; mains from £14 to 18
- Seats: 100
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page