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The Company Shed

Mersea Island, Colchester CO5 8PA, England
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Ranked #35 of 352 Restaurants in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Variety, freshness, politeness - all served in a shed. Seriously the best selection of fresh fish and shellfish I have tasted. The locals try to keep it a secret but as the Times publicised it then it stays that way no longer!! It is a shed though!! Its clean and the staff are friendly and get their children involved as... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

had family visiting so thought it would be a fun experience to have a trip out to 'The Shed' We arrived expecting to queue but were surprised to find empty tables instead!! We asked if we could clear one of the tables & sit down but were asked 'if we had put our name on the list' as we hadn't... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The plates are not uniform. The tables have plastic cloths. the floor soon gets messy. there are no waiters or waitresses. You have to queue for ages or put your name on a list. Blah Blah Blah. THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE, not a lesson in fine dining. Before you take any notice of the 'quality' issues, the seafood platter that... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's not a level 5 restaurant by any means and, in our opinion, the TA "certificate of excellence" is not fully deserved - but it does have a "kings suit of clothes" mythology that creates the impression that it is. Truthfully it is a "company shed" providing a novel eating experience by serving mostly "bought in" sea food in a... More

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Burnham on Crouch, Essex, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have talked about visiting this place for years and today we finally made it. We were not disappointed. We arrived early for lunch around 11.30am to secure a table without a wait and this proved to be a very good decision. Parking is a challenge at this end of town and we had to park some distance but the... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

went there for a girly lunch and a catchup, went in to be told there was an hours watie, so poped to the pub for a beer which we didn't mind doing. buy the time we came back we were both really hungry and excited, the staff were lovely and explain how it works and we ordered our late lunch.... More

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was taken to The Company Shed at the end of July for a Birthday surprise by my two daughters and grand-daughter. I hadn't heard of it before, let alone West Mersea, but I'm so glad we went! We arrived around 12.30 and my daughter rushed in to what literally looked like a shed and I was beginning to wonder... More

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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168 reviews 168 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Wish that this had been open in the evening. It is such a small place and as such has a limit to how many it can cater for. The array of seafood is fantastic. The family who owns this have fished for oysters for nearly 300 years. we saw some diners eating a seafood platter between them and I have... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We arrived just before 12 on a weekday, to learn we would have a 3 hour wait. We've eaten here before, but I am not willing to queue for that long, and it isn't as though there is much to do in the area. If you are staying on the island and want lunch near lunchtime, I see some possibilities.... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There cannot be many restaurants where the food is extremely good and reasonably priced; the service cheerfully welcoming but casual and the décor accurately described as a "shed". Its not an experience that everybody likes but we revelled in the atmosphere. Best to go as a large group, go early and take your own bread and wine. There is a... More

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