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“Not usual high standard” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Old Siege House

The Old Siege House
75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS, England
+44 1206 973371
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Ranked #79 of 363 Restaurants in Colchester
Price range: $31 - $47
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Modern European Bar and Brasserie serving good value home cooked food in a relaxed atmosphere. Come and enjoy our Bar snacks or a full three course meal all prepared fresh each day.
Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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45 restaurant reviews
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“Not usual high standard”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The nine of us have been a number of times and always found very good service and food.
This time, Sunday lunch , however disappointed,we feel because the Manager was out until 4pm.Coats were taken and starters and wine ordered OK but there was a long wait till main course The roast beef however was so tough the three who had it could not eat it;To be fair the other mains were good. To follow, the apple crumble was good, but one of the party asked for a simple vanilla ice cream to be told this ran out a couple of days ago. A good discount was negotiated so overall we were satisfied but will have to consider calling again.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Still my favourite in Colchester”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

On a horrible, cold, wet and snowy day I decided we deserved a treat. Called to reserve a table at 6, for 6.15... No problem.

We arrived laden with shopping, cold and wet. Taken straight to a table in lovely cosy spot, wet coats taken away to dry. Our waitress was charming and attentive from now until we left, she is an asset to the restaurant.

Viognier/ Chardonnay I selected was delicious and v reasonably priced. We had scallops and duck tartar to start. Both divine, scallops could have been a bit warmer.

Mains were seafood lasagne and rib eye steak. My steak was gorgeous. Seared on the outside, rare but warm in the middle. Perfect. Rather a lot of water coming out of mushroom over plate and it didn't really add much in terms of flavour. Seafood lasagne, I am assured, was very good.

Dessert. A blackberry creme brûlée and chocolate fondant with brandy and grappa ordered. Creme brûlée arrived with what I was assured was the best shortbread ever! Unfortunately chocolate fondant suddenly became unavailable and I was offered chocolate brownie as an alternative. It was ok, but did not live up to previous courses. Bland, not gooey enough, my restaurant at work serves better I am afraid. However, our waitress gave us another complimentary digestif as compensation so after wine and two brandies, I was ok about Chocolate Gate.

One thing, and it is a pet hate of mine. Please don't ask me if I want black pepper before I have even tasted my food. Just put some on the table. Can I have some salt too?! However good your chef, we all have different palates. I find it patronising and arrogant that I am not automatically given the means with which to season my own food.

Overall, will be back. Was a lovely evening.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“High Expectations but did not quite deliver this time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

My family and I visited this restaurant on Sunday 3rd March to celebrate my sisters 40th birthday. Both Dad and I had read various trip adviser reviews beforehand and had really high expectations. Now don't get me wrong we had a lovely afternoon and perhaps our expectations were too high because of some of the reviews we had read. The restaurant itself is really nicely presented and well laid out with ample space around everyone but I have to say in my opinion is not geared up for families or children. My sister has a 5 month old baby and there were no baby changing facilities and when we ordered a fruit squash for our 5 year old son it was served in a glass so tall that when he took a sip through the straw it started a siphoning action and covered him in blackcurrant juice every time he finished sipping. We were sat in the window in front of a large radiator and it was quite a sunny day and as a result it was uncomfortably hot as a result but to be fair to staff as soon as we mentioned it they were able to open a small window which provided some relief. When it came to ordering we were told several dishes were unavailable which given it was 1pm on a Sunday was disappointing, once again on the theme of not being child friendly there was no child's menu or prices. A few of us chose the Brie in breadcrumbs for starter and it was stunning but for the children we ended up asking for some bread as there was nothing on the menu that was suitable or appealed to them. For main I chose Lamb shanks which were very generously sized and the meat just fell off the bone and tasted beautiful my only criticism was that it was luke warm and not piping hot. Dessert was hazelnut cheesecake and again it did not disappoint. For 6 adults and 2 children our total bill was just over £200 so was pretty good value. I have to praise the staff and management for the lovely atmosphere that they created we were not rushed through courses and were there for over 3 hours in the end and even then had to chase for the bill. I would definitely go again but next time with my wife and no children. Whilst our children loved finding the old bullet holes in the walls and the occasion of the family all being together they did not enjoy the meal as much, and we are still trying to get blackcurrant stains out of my sons best shirt.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Went with 3 others for a sunday lunch. Bit upset that the sunday menu not as variable as during the week. However although no fish available when mentioned waitress went out of her way to obtain grilled cod which was very tasty. 2 of us had the cod and the other 2 had lamb and chicken. All well presented and good flavour and tender. Varied usual deserts all well presented. Reasonable charges for food and wine

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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“Saturday Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We were in Colchester again last week so chose to have our lunch at the Old Seige House, we were not disappointed.
The service as before was fantastic with friendly, courteous attentive staff. I had to wait a few minutes for my coat to be put away & the waiter was so apologetic.
The food as before was superb - the soup mushroom,stilton & spinach was glorious, our mains were belly of pork, chicken & sea bream all of which were excellent. The desserts were all high standard. For four people - 3 with three courses, 1 two course, glass of wine each & teas & coffees bill was £115 this was great value.
Recommend this restaurant highly & will certainly visit again next time we are in Colchester.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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