Register my restaurant
The Crown - Colchester, Colchester
8 photos


The Crown - Colchester

Old Ipswich Road Ardleigh, CO7 7QR Colchester
Average price £25


The Crown - Colchester

Find a table

Book for free

Make a reservation on TheFork to earn Yums and enjoy exclusive loyalty discounts

Restaurant menu

Last update: November 2023
Duck & orange parfait
Smooth pâté in an orange glaze, with toasted artisan bloomer and red onion chutney
Garlic king prawns & chorizo
with artisan bloomer bread
Creamy garlic oven-baked mushrooms
In a cheesy cheddar sauce, with toasted artisan bloomer


Very good60 reviews











Real experiences from real dinersOnly people who have booked with TheFork or paid with TheFork PAY can leave a rating and review.
How do we calculate ratings?

What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Short waiting time
  • Maz V.

    Maz V.2 reviews

    October 18, 2023


    Unfortunately really busy and very very slow. Took an hour for desserts to arrive.

  • samuel b.1 review

    August 6, 2023


    We have been here a few times, quality is excellent. The staff were atentive. My only gripe is the sunday roast portions. 1 slice of beef, 4 small potatoes, half a parsnip and 1 yorkie for £21.50. The portions usally good sized, and to be honest if there was stome fresh veg it would have really brightened the plate up.

  • Jo F.11 reviews

    June 23, 2023


    Great ambiance. Varied menu. Pleasant service and fresh tasty food

  • Elizabeth C.4 reviews

    January 8, 2023


    Very helpful attentive staff.

  • Deborah H.1 review

    October 16, 2022


    Arrived to find car park fairly empty but several cars arrived just after which was a good sign! Restaurant fairly empty too which was odd as we hadn’t been able to amend our booking so just assumed it was full? Seen soon after arrival and seated. Not the best table as by the toilets and the service entrance/exit but ok. Took a while for waitress to arrive so when she did we ordered drinks and mains. Drinks took a while to arrive which was painful as could see them on the counter! Food didn’t take too long and it was lovely. I had seabass and my partner has the pie. Pie wasn’t full which was a shame but tasty all the same. We decided to have dessert which was cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. Cheesecake was a bit stingey in size but lovely. We both downloaded a free pudding voucher. Thought my drink was expensive - £3:05 for a Diet Coke when two glasses of wine were £7:10? Waitress was lovely. She engaged with us and we had some banter which is rare these days. All in all a lovely meal

  • Paul R.1 review

    September 5, 2022


    Received a very warm and friendly welcome from the Manager The level of service was excellent they were very attentive and nothing was to much trouble for them We will definitely be returning and will recommend the venue to others

  • Graham P.1 review

    August 10, 2022


    Very good food, little disappointed that several dishes were unavailable due to 'freezer issues' so we were limited to what was available. Service good.

  • Douglas O.1 review

    June 27, 2022


    The food was very good but We were very disappointed , as they had run out of beer, especially as all 4 of us were going to order . I'm afraid a pub with no beer is a very sad affair. We were not impressed. D. Ord

  • Julie W.1 review

    May 27, 2022


    We have been to The Crown several times and always enjoyed everything about it, my 2 friends and I visited last night but unfortunately there were a few hiccups. The service was ok although we waited a while for someone to take our order, then when our food arrived 2 of the 3 meals were cold so had to be returned. This left one person eating alone who had finished by the time our meals came back. I can’t fault the food on its return and it won’t put me off coming back, hopefully it was just a one off! The staff were helpful and friendly as always.

  • Lorraine N.8 reviews

    April 24, 2022


    Superb restaurant really worth a visit. Friendly staff and lovely food

  • Elaine F.1 review

    April 13, 2022


    Really nice surroundings, plenty of parking and easily accessible from the A12 (from both directions) - the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely go back again.

  • Amanda B.1 review

    March 8, 2022


    The restaurant has improved since i was last there. There was a lot available on the menu this time. Only 2 things not available The service was excellent.

  • Richard W.1 review

    November 17, 2021


    On arrival at the table the waiter advised us that only 2 starters from the menu were available and that a number of mains were not available and also that the only dessert was Banoffi Pie. This meant instead of enjoying a leisurely 3 course meal we only had a main course. Arriving at 7pm we ordered the food at about 7.10pm before anything else ran out. The food arrived quickly and our meal had ended by 7.40pm. So instead of a long evening it was cut rather short. I have ate at the Crown many times before but this was a most disappointing visit and I will be very reluctant to return after this experience. At least this was only a family outing rather than with friends who could have been making their first visit and getting a very poor first impression of your restaurant.

  • Jane T.1 review

    August 18, 2021


    The waitress was rude and the food was not good.

  • Kevin B.

    Kevin B.1 review

    August 1, 2021


    Food was very nice

  • Paul L.1 review

    July 31, 2021


    Always very happy with service at crown, service and staff very rude, especially barstaff. Waitress asked were we ready to order, replayed not yet, waitress came back and said most dishes were not available which left a very limited selection. When ready to order, asked if salmon was available, waitress did you not here what I read off to you, very condescending and lacking customer service. Will not be returning, and will pass on the bad service received from manager and staff. To family and work colleagues. Shame new management has taken over. Crown has now dropped down to a very low standard.

  • Karen C.1 review

    July 13, 2021


    Had a lovely evening with friends the food was good staff helpful and friendly atmosphere pleasant will definitely go again and recommend to other's

  • Geoffrey c.2 reviews

    July 11, 2021


    As always very friendly and attentive staff especially Natalie good choice of food and drinks - good venue to meet up with our friends for an enjoyable Sunday lunch

  • Kelly H.1 review

    July 4, 2021


    Found the service the food much improved over the last few times we have visited ,staff very good ,excellent food will continue to use keep it up thankyou

  • Geraldine S.

    Geraldine S.1 review

    June 30, 2021


    Nicely spaced out restaurant. Attentive staff the main meal was nice but the edible plant pot dessert was amazing!

Tripadvisor reviews

1167 Tripadvisor Reviews


More information

Opening time
Open today

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

Old Ipswich Road Ardleigh, CO7 7QR, Colchester, United Kingdom

Additional information


British, European, Burger, , , , , , , Pizza, , Sandwiche, , Christmas, Christmas and New Year

Frequently Asked Questions

Restaurants around The Crown - Colchester


Carluccios - Fenwick Colchester



CO1 1PN Colchester

£25 average price



CO6 4SA Colchester

£100 average price



CO3 0RH Colchester

£25 average price


CO3 8NZ Colchester

£20 average price

Are you a restaurant owner?

Register your Restaurant

Tell us more about you and we will contact you as soon as possible

Already a Client

Log in to TheFork Manager and contact us by Chat.