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Colchester : Michelin's recommendations

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Colchester became a Roman colony under Claudius in 50 AD. Its oysters soon became famous, and remain so today. After the Conquest, the town became the site of the largest Norman keep and one of the richest priories in Europe. The oyster remained the main source of wealth until the Middle Ages, when wool took over. Today, Colchester very much epitomises the economically thriving southeast of England.

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Tourist attractions Colchester : Things to see and do

  • Castle Interesting

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    Built with 4-m thick walls on the vaults of the Roman Temple of Claudius, its massive dimensions (46 m by 34 m) are one and a half times those of the White Tower in the Tower of London. It is now a museum housing one of the largest collections in Bri..

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  • Flatford Mill Interesting

    Flatford Mill Champ Centre

    Constable's house (his father was a miller), the mill from 1773, the cottage of Willy Lott and the river valley are the subjects of his most well-known paintings, including The Haywain, Boat Building and Flatford Mill.

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  • Only the skeleton remains of the 12C priory, yet it gives an idea of its size. Built, like the castle, of Roman brick, only the piers, west front (with the earliest circular windows in Britain) and the 37 m nave now remain.

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Hotels Colchester

  • Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel Three stars Three stars Three stars

    East Street GB - Colchester CO1 2TZ

    Prix Prices from : 63 £

    Situated within a 14th-century coaching inn, the award-winning Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel is located just a 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of historic Colchester. The Rose and Crown offers guests both modern and oak-beamed rooms, which all ..

  • Wivenhoe House Hotel Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars

    Wivenhoe Park GB - Colchester CO4 3SQ

    Prix Prices from : 79 £

    Surrounded by pretty manicured woodland and tranquil lakes, this 18th-century house is next to the University of Essex campus. It offers a unique brasserie restaurant, luxurious accommodation, free WiFi and free parking on site. Each en suite room a..

  • Premier Inn Colchester North/A12

    Ipswich Road GB - Colchester CO4 9WP

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Restaurants Colchester

  • Church Street Tavern Quite comfortable restaurant 

    3 Church St GB - CO1 1NF Colchester

    Modern brasserie run in a relaxed, efficient manner. The trendy, shabby-chic bar serves cocktails and light bites. The upstairs restaurant offers British classics with Mediterranean influences; the early evening menu is great value.

  • Le Talbooth Very comfortable and pleasant restaurant 

    Gun Hill GB - CO7 6HP Dedham

    Delightful hotel restaurant with numerous private rooms and a lovely terrace, in an attractive riverside setting. To celebrate its 60th birthday, it was cleverly and subtly updated, with a zinc bar and stunning Italian chandeliers. Menus are light an..

  • Crown Traditional and pleasant pubs serving food 

    GB - CO6 4SE Stoke-by-Nayland

    Smart, relaxed pub in a great spot overlooking the Box and Stour river valleys. Globally influenced menus feature produce from local farms and estates, with seafood from the east coast. Well-priced wine list with over 25 wines by the glass. Large, lu..

  • Sun Inn Traditional pubs serving food 

    High St GB - CO7 6DF Dedham

    Brightly painted 15C pub in the heart of a picturesque village. Relaxed dining room and beautiful wooden bar stocked with real ales and homemade sausage rolls. Hearty, rustic Italian dishes - many available in two sizes - and a large selection of tas..

  • Milsoms Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    Stratford Rd GB - CO7 6HW Colchester

  • Memoirs Comfortable restaurant 

    65 West Stockwell St GB - CO1 1HE Colchester

    The town's old Victorian library is a grand, impressive place, with high beamed ceilings, wood-panelled walls and a big stone tablet depicting the Great Exhibition of 1853. The equally large menu of classics has Portuguese touches.

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