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The Minories Galleries

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Address: 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 712437
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A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the...

A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. Gifted to the town by the Victor Batte-Lay Trust, and occupied by Colchester School of Art. The Minories provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. The building has gallery spaces and a popular café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

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Far better than firstsite for food and drink!

If you're looking for good, healthy food, friendly service and the chance to sit out in the sun (or shade), The Minories is a good bet. Interesting menu (including some great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for good, healthy food, friendly service and the chance to sit out in the sun (or shade), The Minories is a good bet. Interesting menu (including some great homemade cakes), cosy atmosphere, and good service. The garden is a delight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Different exhibition over the year ,housed in an old converted house, some rather wacky,very nice historical garden ,with seating outside so you can consume the food from the establishment ,rather relaxing and quiet and tranquil.

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Thank fruitbun
Colchester, Essex, Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We meet here with a group quite often through the summer and can chill out with our lunch in the garden after a tour of the exhibits. There have been many interesting works on display, the tours are interesting. I have also done drawing classes here and had a great time. The cafe has recently been taken over by Tiptree... More 

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Thank AndPoochMakes5
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

A quick glance in the gallery rooms and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd arrived in the middle of a house removal - lots of empty space and a few forgotten items haphazardly placed on the floor. Nevertheless, on our way through to the cafe some of the sculptures provided a source of amusement (and/or bewilderment) to myself and my... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Just popped in one day with friends whilst in the area, and thought it was great. Lovely little place - would be great for a wedding or special occasion - just a little bit different. Great café too!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

My day trip to Colchester proved fruitless in my search for Old Masters - Dutch, Flemish, Italian, anything! Here the large gallery had the usual twigs, stones and upside down legs. Perhaps these should be in the Firstsite Gallery next door which seems to have very little on show. Nice cafe at the back.

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Thank christy21040
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

I love it here! Visited a few times, loved the cafe been for breakfast a few times and food has always been lovely! People are chatty and welcoming! Also love the shop!

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Thank hlanders87
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This breakfast has everything you want including refills. The garden is great for a sunny morning too. Need to remember to visit later in the day as they serve alcohol.

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Thank samearley
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

A very old mansion with some art work, a tiny shop and cafe with garden and a small turreted building. Displays do regularly change

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

artists and talented students exhibit their work here throughout the year, the gallery is used to its full potential with a beautiful garden ideal for summer and a great restaurant which makes good food that suited for everyone!!

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