Top 5 Roasts in and around Colchester

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While Britain’s oldest recorded town boasts a rich history, with a heritage stretching back over 2,000 years, it is also home to some seriously delicious Sunday roasts. Explore the market town and surrounding area and whet your appetite with our guide to the best roasts in and around Colchester.

1. The Swan

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Wander into the heart of Stratford St. Mary, and you will find The Swan nestled next to the leafy banks of the river Stour. The beloved village pub, helmed by the Dorber family, has made an indelible mark since its opening and it isn’t hard to see why. The Swan focusses on ‘slow food’, using seasonal local ingredients from the best artisanal suppliers to produce exceptional dishes, and a truly mouthwatering Sunday roast menu. The friendly staff, and excellent walking paths nearby, only make a visit to The Swan all the more alluring.
The Swan can be found at Lower Street, Stratford St Mary CO7 6JR

2. Wivenhoe House

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Nestled in a large and historic park on the outskirts of Colchester, this luxury hotel boats an award-winning Brasserie with a reputation for its excellent food and service. Prepared with fresh local produce, their stellar Sunday lunch offerings are not to be missed. With high-chairs and colouring books available for children, as well as private and group bookings, this venue is perfect for an intimate lunch or a family outing.
Wivenhoe House can be found at Wivenhoe Park, Park Rd, Colchester CO4 3SQ

3. Milsoms

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Enjoy a lavish Sunday roast in spacious, contemporary surroundings at this countryside hotel. The Milsoms’ extensive offerings use locally sourced ingredients, including a ‘Breast of Devonshire Duck’, ‘Rump of Suffolk Lamb’ and a fillet of ‘Cornish Sea Bream’. All served with cauliflower cheese, roasted root vegetables, fricassée of green beans, peas and tenderstem Broccoli, you certainly won’t leave hungry!
Milsoms Hotel and Restaurant can be found at Stratford Road Dedham, Colchester CO7 6HW

4. The Shepherd

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Recently refurbished, The Shepherd has become a favourite amongst Langham locals for a top-notch Sunday roast. Situated in the village’s beautiful countryside, make the most of your Sunday outing and take a stroll around the area, take a tour of the country by bicycle, or visit a traditional family farm in the neighbouring village of Boxted, where you will find a year-round farm shop and the chance to pick your own summer fruit. A fantastic location, great service and excellent food – what more could you ask for?
The Shepherd can be found at Moor Rd, Langham, Colchester CO4 5NR

5. The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie

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Built in the late 15th Century, The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie is a historic landmark of Colchester. Named after the siege of 1648, the building’s timber frames still bear the marks of bullet holes from the fight. History aside, The Old Siege House is serving superb dishes with a modern European flare. Unsurprisingly, the attentive staff and fantastic food draw diners near and far, and you can expect a full house come Sunday lunch. Choose from a 2 or 3 course lunch menu, and take your pick of anything from a slow cooked English sirloin of beef with all the trimmings, to a duo of pork and pan roasted bream. For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert offerings are just as extensive, with a mixed berry sponge with custard and a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake sure to satisfy any cravings

The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie can be found at 75 East St, Colchester CO1 2TS


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