Made onsite, Mersea Island based Cowabunga Pizza offers a delicious range of fresh pizzas. A great place to take the family, with a child-friendly environment. Now also selling ‘Pizza in a Pan’ kits! Delivery available.
Made & Found
Made & Found is a café with a difference. As well as offering a delicious selection of locally sourced food and drinks, this café also sells local handmade and vintage items. Also dog friendly! Currently offering postage of orders. Takeaway available. VO, GF.
Tub & Cone
Located on Crouch Street, Tub & Cone have a fantastic menu of ice-cream flavours, with a choice of wafer-cones of exciting styles, waffles, chocolate dipped strawberries, drinks, and more. This is a delightful place to go for a irresistible treat. Delivery available via Just Eat. GF
Yak & Yeti
Located at 14 Magdalen Street, just near St Boltoph’s Circus roundabout, Yak & Yeti is the ideal venue for a delicious meal created with the best ingredients, giving the diners a fine Nepalese & Indian accord of flavours, and tastes. Takeaway and delivery available. VO
Based in Marks Tey, this Americana themed diner offers a delicious range of similarly themed food and drinks. From breakfasts to burgers, coffee to soft drinks, plus vegetarian options. A choice of desserts is availble to finish your meal off. Takeaway and delivery available.
Located on Trinity Street, Timbers is an inviting independent food and drink venue. With a great choice of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and classic meals, Timbers, is an enthusiastically recommended place to eat! Staffed by a great team who will ensure you get fantastic food, great drink, and excellent service! VO, GF.
Gunton’s is a family owned grocers and coffee roasters which has been serving Colchester for over 80 years. Their café is located upstairs and offers their own locally roasted coffee.
Best Days Vintage
You’ll find a warm welcome and a listening ear at Best Days Vintage, who offer a café area for all to visit. Promote positive wellbeing is a big part of what they’re about. A selection of coffee, tea, and soda is available.
At Tokyo Sizzle you will find a delicious menu, giving dishes for all, including vegetarian & vegan choices, along with sides and desserts, all freshly created whilst you wait. You can also buy Japanese beer and wine, or soft drinks to accompany your meal. Takeaway and delivery available.
Dice & A Slice
Located on Queen Street, Dice & A Slice offers a wide range of coffee and other beverages, along with some tasty food options, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. You’ll find light lunches, pies, lasagne, and more, all whilst you play a game with a friend. Accessible and dog friendly. VO, GF.
La Dolce Vita
With fabulous food, made with quality and authentic ingredients, La Dolce Vita is yet another great dining experience in Colchester. Offering a mouthwatering menu, including freshly oven-fired pizza, fish dishes, pastas, funghi, steaks, and more.
North Hill Noodle Bar
With a thriving atmosphere, and a bustling team, the North Hill Noodle Bar is definitely popular. Its quick service, and great quality dishes with excellent portion size are just the ticket! Run by Chris and Ting, you really must book yourselves a visit here one day soon, booking recommended. Independent, local, great – we love it! Takeaway and delivery available.
The Sandwich Co.
Located on Hythe Hill, ‘The Sandwich Co.’ is your delicious and filling, breakfast, lunch, and drinks, completely sorted! With the hot food prepared fresh for each order (cooked using Rapeseed Oil for a better taste), fresh breads and baguettes for the ‘made-for-you’ sandwich menu, all served with a big smile, all makes for a great place to stop-in. Takeaway and delivery available.
The Nourish Co
Run by a fabulous team, who are extremely friendly, welcoming, and completely engaged in offering visitors the best experience, with freshly prepared food, all set in a great venue! When you get a business owner who is entirely enthusiastic about their produce, you know you will always get the best as a customer! VG
With all Turkish cuisine, kebabs cooked over an authentic charcoal grill, with fish and vegetarian options, along with Turkish lagers and cold drinks, this is a great place to go for a brilliant meal. Mirra is a brilliant place to go, but not just at the weekend. Why not get away from the kitchen at home by visiting Mirra during the week or lunchtimes!
No.10 Museum Street
A fabulous café opposite the Colchester Castle entrance gates, offering lovely Al-Fresco seating, for those sunny mornings where you can just relax and watch the world bustle on by, or a comfortable seat inside where you can keep warm and take some time to rejuvenate as you enjoy a delicious bite to eat, with a great choice of drinks! VO, GF.
The Old Siege House
Owned and run by Darren and Nadine, The Old Siege House, has a well established place in Colchester. With excellent food, great chefs, and quality service from the team, you’d be hard-pressed to find a finer dining experience. English and European foods, choices for all dietary requirements, with theme nights designed for your enjoyment, it’s all here for you. Takeaway available. VO, GF.
Café 21, is part of the trilogy of great cafés. With fantastic home cooked meals (with all the options you’d expect), served by a friendly and efficient team, you shall definitely enjoy stopping here for a breakfast, light-lunch, or hearty meal! A really friendly team, fresh home-made food, fantastically quirky old buildings. Lovely area to sit outside with the most enchanting leaning tree that gives a fantastic shade to the seating area. VO, GF.
With two entrances, lots of chairs and tables to sit at, a fantastic choice of treats, eats, and drinks, you can sit to tarry a while as the world rushes on by! With delicious hot chocolates themed with cookies or Maltesers, irresistible cakes and treats, along with their yummy menu, means Coastal Coffee, is a guaranteed smile-maker. Takeaway & delivery available.
With a friendly team, and a delicious range of food, catering for all diets and tastes, Caffe Sala is a fantastic independent outlet to take a break in. When your coffee is beautifully served, you feel great before you’ve even taken a sip. With seating downstairs, a labyrinth of rooms with more seating upstairs, you’ll definitely have a comfortable rest with everything you need. VO, GF.
Harpers Caffe, established 2013, offers a great range of healthy food, along with a “Slimmer Friendly” menu! You can find a choice of cold drinks, expertly created Italian coffee, light lunches, and all day breakfasts! A choice of hand-made, cakes, along with ciabattas, this is a great place to pop for a bite to eat and a coffee. Here you can find gluten-free options (please specify coeliac) and a menu that accommodates all. GF.
Dedham Boathouse Restaurant
Located beside the river Stour, in a truly gorgeous location. The Boathouse is unique in the area. Here you can enjoy a fantastic morning treat, such as fresh-baked croissants, with a great coffee to set you up for the day! You also have the fantastic Galley lunch menu, with some seriously tempting choices!
Marie and the team at Jenkins are always bright and bubbly, serving up a hefty sized breakfast (they have lots of options, including vegetarian). You should definitely call in there one day, it’s like a proper café, with mugs of tea, and regular customers.
Crouch St. Bakes
Crouch St. Bakes, where the cakes are all “Made by the Girls” which are not just nice, but sublime nice, and the coffee is perfect! Super friendly service, thrivingly busy, along with offering you the choice of delicious, cakes, and bakes, also with great teas, and coffees. This place is a champion of the phrase: “Small, but perfectly formed.”
Built in the 1930s, The Shepherd is a de.stination free house, situated just outside Colchester, and one mile from the A12. The Shepherd is an excellent pub/restaurant, offering some tempting choices on its menu. Serving great quality food, drinks and coffee, they aim to be a hub for the village and surrounding areas. GF.
Chappels of Colchester
Chappells offers you the best wines and cheeses, a great choice of delicious platters, freshly prepared salads, great coffees, delicious breakfasts, and of course the cake counter! The decor inside here is fabulous; wooden, rustic, great lighting, atmospheric, all whilst being airy and bright. VO, GF.
Sir Isaac’s Artisan Coffee
From the beautifully bright and airy decor and the perfectly placed, lavishly sourced, gift items, to the tantalising selection of coffees, and so much more! This is the place if you are after a quality coffee, great gifts, and perfect teas and hot chocolate. With a takeaway window for easy passer-by purchases and the counter within, you are completely looked after.
Welcome to Bakeoffee, a family run bakery and coffee shop. They bake, sell and use homemade products to ensure excellent quality at all times. The coffee beans are locally roasted and served at two strengths, so if you need awake up kick or just a mellow flavour then pop in. You can view their great menu and see the latest updates when you visit their Facebook page.
The Passage House
Located in Bank Passage, ‘The Passage House’, has a beautifully entrancing decor, with an enticing menu- all designed with a brilliant Turkish theme. They offer a delicious range of Turkish bakes, and savouries, as well as cakes, Turkish coffees, fruit teas, and much more…. with GF, Vegan, and Dairy Free, options, to all who call-in; everyone is welcome! Enjoy some time relaxing whilst enjoying the calm ambience, and plush and pleasant fittings that surround you.
Bad Owl Coffee
Bad Owl Coffee is anon trend coffee bar on the edge of town just by the police station. Serving the tastiest Coffee and fabulous food. They offer to the table freshly made sandwiches, salad boxes, bagels and baked goods – always freshly made on the day! Start your day right with a large coffee or an ice latte when the heat gets to much, or why not simply pop into our uniqulely decorated coffee bar.
Go 4 Cafe
So much great stuff goes on at the Go 4 Cafe. Also, the ‘Cafe Sospeso’ scheme runs here. Dog friendly, with disabled access and toilet, welcoming to all. Go 4 Cafe should be an absolute must for you to visit!
Serving traditional wood-fired pizzas, this brand-new pizzaria in the town centre offers a great range of pizzas, with brunch, main and cocktail menus coming soon. VO.