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The Company Shed

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Mersea Island, Colchester CO5 8PA, England
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner

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  • 224
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  • 29
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  • 16
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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent casual seafood dining experience

What is there not to like? An excellent little place. You might need to be patient, but it's worth it! We arrived about 1240 on a Friday lunchtime - all of the tables were full, but we were offered a table if we returned at 1340. There was nothing for it, but to head to the Coast Inn for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
PicnMix_UK
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Essex
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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west of england
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Second visit because it is an enjoyably different dining experience but had an hour and half wait (from 1.45 to 3.15pm) despite empty tables when booking and when eating. They just must have been short-staffed in the kitchens. Fish platter is really nice but expensive. Scallops lovely but expensive for only 3 scallops. probably our last visit as it is... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Have been to this restaurant a couple of times before and it is ok. Fancied lobster so had a drive back there on Sunday, you cannot book this restaurant you are advised to go along before 12 noon and queue. Due to parking difficulty we didn't arrive until 12.20, saw no queue so waited in a car park for the... More 

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Essex
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106 reviews 106 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

What is there not to like? An excellent little place. You might need to be patient, but it's worth it! We arrived about 1240 on a Friday lunchtime - all of the tables were full, but we were offered a table if we returned at 1340. There was nothing for it, but to head to the Coast Inn for a... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Great seafood in rustic surroundings, you won't get fresher seafood than this. Need to get there early as is very popular. Nice choice and some hot options too. Take your own wine. A unique laid back experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

me my husband and my sons went to the company shed because I had heard of it through my colleagues we thought it would be a great day out but we were wrong. we waited ten minutes to get a table and when we finally got one we were not served. we waited for an hour and the children were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

we eat here often,allways good service and the food is fresh from the sea,take your own bread and wine,best seafood in essex

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We decided to visit The Shed on a sunny Tuesday lunchtime for the first time in a long while, to celebrate my husbands birthday. Our 7 month old baby was contented and dozing in his buggy. On arrival there were several empty tables but two very unfriendly members of staff who made two differing excuses that there 'was not room... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

After 8 years of being vegan, mostly for environmental reason, this was a great place to not be vegan. My reasoning: freshly caught produce = low carbon footprint. I actually ate my first fish in the Oyster Bar (disappointing), but this was the place where I felt it was worth it. What an incredible restaurant! Efficient, intelligent and friendly staff.... More 

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Southborough, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Went here on recommendation of friends, as it was one of their birthdays and we wanted to treat them. This is one of those "quaint" eateries where you sit at tables a la school dining room, bring your own bread, drinks, butter etc. Seemingly very popular as apparently attracts queues in summer, although we were "lucky" and got a table... More 

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Poole Dorset
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

With some friends we went to the Shed on a Thursday lunch time. The weather was cold but bright and there was no sign of a queue- we walked straight to a table. The food that we had was good, but not brilliant. A lot of people recommend the Seafood Platter, which was probably OK; but when you consider it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mersea Island, Colchester CO5 8PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?