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Colchester : Michelin's recommendations


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

    st. High GB - Colchester CO1 1TJ

    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..

  • Flatford Mill Interesting

    Flatford Mill Champ Centre GB - East Bergholt CO7 6UL

    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.

  • St Botolph's Priory

    st. Priory GB - Colchester CO1

    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

  • Wivenhoe House Hotel

    Wivenhoe Park GB - Colchester CO4 3SQ

    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..

  • 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 ..

  • Premier Inn Colchester (Cowdray Avenue)

    Cowdray Avenue GB - Colchester CO1 1UT

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Restaurants Colchester

  • Le Talbooth Very comfortable and pleasant restaurant 

    Gun Hill GB - Dedham CO7 6HN

    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..

  • George & Dragon Comfortable restaurant 

    Coggleshall Rd GB - Kelvedon CO5 9PL

    Clean, bright and welcoming former pub with a sleek, contemporary style, encompassing topiary planters, marble tiled floors, antique mirrors, and art deco pictures and statuettes. Simple, well-priced menu with locally caught fish specials. Pretty ter..

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

    Stratford Rd GB - Dedham CO7 6HW

  • Baumanns Brasserie Comfortable restaurant 

    4-6 Stoneham St GB - Coggeshall CO6 1TT

    Characterful 16C building on the market square; its walls packed with pictures and prints. Globally-influenced dishes are made up of lots of different ingredients. Service is warm and welcoming and it has a loyal local following.

  • Sun Inn Traditional pubs serving food 

    High St GB - Dedham CO7 6DF

    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..

  • Crown Traditional and pleasant pubs serving food 

    GB - Stoke-by-Nayland CO6 4SE

    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..

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