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The Crown - Colchester

Old Ipswich Road Ardleigh, CO7 7QR ColchesterSee map

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  • Average price £25
Lamb duo
pan-fried lamb rump and a cheddar-topped shepherd’s pie, with seasonal vegetables and a red wine jus
Steak & mushroom pie
slow-cooked beef in a red wine sauce, topped with puff pastry, served with mash, seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy
Chicken & thyme pie
in a creamy chenin blanc sauce, topped with puff pastry, served with spring onion mash and seasonal vegetables


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  • Paul R.
    Paul R.

    September 5, 20221 review


    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.
    Graham P.

    August 10, 20221 review


    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.
    Douglas O.

    June 27, 20221 review


    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.
    Julie W.

    May 27, 20221 review


    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.

    April 24, 20228 reviews


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

  • Elaine F.

    April 13, 20221 review


    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.

    March 8, 20221 review


    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.

    November 17, 20211 review


    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.

    August 18, 20211 review


    The waitress was rude and the food was not good.

  • Kevin B.
    Kevin B.

    August 1, 20211 review


    Food was very nice

  • Paul L.

    July 31, 20211 review


    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.

    July 13, 20211 review


    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.

    July 11, 20212 reviews


    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.

    July 4, 20211 review


    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.

    June 30, 20211 review


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

  • Linda S.

    June 21, 20212 reviews


    There was a really nice atmosphere in The Crown. Plenty of staff. It felt very COVID safe. Good size portions served piping hot. Nicole our server was very friendly and professional. We would return there and recommend The Crown Ardleigh

  • William I.

    June 5, 20211 review


    Excellent food and service. There were 3 of us and we each chose a steak meal with different options, medium rare/medium to well done and well done and all three were cooked to perfection.

  • Duncan P.

    May 25, 20211 review


    I had the Pate. While very tasty there was far too little toast for the amount of Pate. Another t pieces of toast would do the trick beautifully. Please DON'T reduce the amount of Pate other wise not worth the money.

  • Michael D.

    February 13, 20201 review


    very good clean, friendly staff service good.

  • Fleur C.

    December 7, 20191 review


    Very pleasant Sunday lunch at The Crown, Ardleigh. Food was very good - we had 2 courses, starter & main, which were good quality. Service was good, once we the server arrangements were clear.

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