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Donkey & Buskins

Layer Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0HU, England
+44 1206 734774
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Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Layer Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0HU, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Have not been here for a while, as I am visiting friends in the area we decided to pay a visit and have a meal. Well I was not disappointed it was a lovely sunny day the garden and patio area looks amazing the food...More

Thank jin1955jan
Reviewed yesterday

Had a meal here 2 years ago when staying in area and was blown away with the food and service. Staying with a friend and called in for a meal on Tuesday this week and not disappointed, fantastic fresh and reasonably priced, loved it, so...More

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food is always divine, staff and owners are exceptional, regular guest ales, excellent choice in wines and spirits, amazing garden, always a friendly atmosphere. Could not ask for more!More

Thank RobUK7
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear RobUK7 Thank you very much for the kind review. We do try hard to get it right for our customers. We are always looking to improve and upgrade. We look forward to seeing you back at the Donkey & any future reviews. Kindest regards,...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Have always had a great meal here so was very excited when I heard they were doing breakfast. Fantastic breakfast, with a wide menu choice. Highly recommend the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs as well as the full English my partner had! We'll definetly go...More

Thank Gemma W
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Gemma, Thanks for the great review. It’s really appreciated. The breakfasts do look good and the team have been excited to start offering a Saturday morning breakfast club, long over due. Look forward to seeing you again soon. All the very best, Richard Morrison-Butcher...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We love having the Donkey as our local pub and they've just started doing a breakfast club on a Saturday. We gave it a try today and it's the best breakfast we've had in a long time. The food is brilliant and it was a...More

Thank Andrew C
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Andrew, Thank you very much for the great review, it’s really appreciated. We’re excited to be offering the Saturday breakfast Club and have had some great feedback so far. See you again soon. Very best, Richard Morrison-Butcher Manager Donkey & Buskins

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely little country style pub with excellent food and service. Reasonably priced. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Lovely atmosphere

Thank Dramas38
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Dramas38. That kind you very much for the kind words, we appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Richard Morrison-Butcher Manager Donkey & Buskins

Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I had hake from the specials board followed by creme brulee. Love hake, but it is a fish you rarely see on a menu. My partner had the mushroom and chicken pie, served with a very tasty gravy. Staff friendly and...More

Thank missbrowneyesxx
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear missbrown, Thank you for taking the time to leave a tripadvisor review. We appreciate your kind feedback & glad you enjoyed the food. All the best & hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards Richard Morrison-Butcher Manager Donkey & Buskins

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As this was my third visit this year I was not going to do a review, but the waitress asked me to, so...... With such a great resturant as the Layer Fox just up the road, the Donkey and Buskins has a big challenge on...More

Thank X7326steven
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Steven, Thank you very much for leaving a detailed review. We welcome reviews as development & learning feedback. All reviews get discussed with our chef team. We absolutely agree with you regarding the bombe, our kitchen porters should have informed you that the hot...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice pub been done up quite a bit since we last visited it many yrs ago. Food was very good. We both chose King prawns cooked with chilli & garlic served with chips & salad. I don't like salad so asked for veg &...More

Thank sue c
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Sue C, Thank you for thanking the time to leave the review, it’s appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the king prawns & desserts, they have been a very popular dish this summer. Noted concerning the carrots & parsnips, I will speak to the chef team....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday evening. My son and his girlfriend had been before and said how good the food was. I ordered the nut roast, after a long wait it arrived in a tepid state and had to be returned as it was so...More

Thank Kevin M
alan b, Manager at Donkey & Buskins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Kevin M, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and we are sorry you were disappointed with your meal. Things certainly don’t sit around in our kitchen for long so I was surprised to have read this. Obviously the must roast...More

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Rachel D
October 17, 2017|
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Response from DeniaKen | Reviewed this property |
I think it's open all day every day, but it is certainly all day at the weekend. Give 'em a call and book. Sardinian chef Iggy is a lovely guy, with some lovely Mediterranean dishes in amongst the usual pub fare.
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thugsy
June 22, 2017|
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Response from Sparkplug1234 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs allowed in the bar but not the restaurant. But you can eat in the bar or on nice days in the garden
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Fayebfitz
August 5, 2015|
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Response from Fred134 |
Use this pub regularly. Pub, staff and gardens are lovely. Children are the responsibility of the parents who should be watching them at all times. I would suggest this reviewer goes to grind his axe elsewhere.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$8 - $33
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Layer Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0HU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester  >  Layer de la Haye
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 734774
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