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Food @ The Mercury

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British, Contemporary
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Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT, England
+44 1206 368100
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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411 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had tickets booked for the panto, so as we were early we came for coffee and cake. We were thinking of eating here before, but the menu was very limited. So we opted for coffee and cake, except no cake. So coffee and tea it was. Ok , but service not amazing. As we only wanted drinks we had... More 

Thank Janie1969
Colchester Essex
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A good location for the theatre, so should be really geared up for pre show meals. However although the timing is fine, i.e. meals are served efficiently, the actual menu choice is abysmal! We ate there last night and the main course choice was salmon and prawn fish cakes, beef lasagne, or macaroni cheese. Not inspiring, we both chose fish... More 

Thank Wallybeans
Colchester, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The pork belly, which three of us chose as a starter, was quite superb, Sadly things went downhill rather rapidly thereafter. One companions' instant reaction to his steaming beef lasagne was (correctly): "This has been in the microwave for much too long!". Three companions chose this as a main course and none could finish their plate. The restaurant does, fortunately,... More 

Thank AlanWells32
East Anglia
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68 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We had a Pre theatre meal before seeing Much Ado About Nothing at The Mercury Theatre. The restaurant was very convenient for the evening performance, the staff were attentive and the food was much better than we expected after reading some poor reviews. Unfortunately there wasn't much atmosphere-possibly because the evening pwrformance wasvery poorly attended. We both had salmon with... More 

Thank crystalpearl
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We've really enjoyed eating here - we've been once for lunch before a panto and it was really good and once in the evening - we weren't going to the theatre afterwards, so as soon as the performance started we found we were the only ones in the restaurant! good for service, but from that point on, not so great... More 

3 Thank EmmaCCC
Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Having eaten here twice in the last 2 months, to say it was disappointing is an understatement. The 3 choices available on any given night lack any kind of imagination & are what most people would eat on a weekday at home (eg sausages & mash, pasta, gammon etc). The food is bland to the extreme & when asked for... More 

1 Thank Skeith205
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The staff were really friendly and we received attentive service. The restaurant itself is well presented and comfortable, but they do need to look at their menu. A starter of a onion tart for me and a greek salad for my partner were nice, but very easily put together. For the main course we had baked cod with new potatoes... More 

1 Thank Dave R
Tendring, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

As a restaurant attached to the Mercury Theatre this is obviously convenient for pre-show meals. It has a limited menu but the food is always hot and tasty. I wouldn't eat here other than for pre-show convenience.

Thank Rachel1369
Colchester, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Each show is now matched with one of 10 menus (all of which can be viewed online and the menu available on the night of your attendance is also indicated online). Yes there are only three options for each course but they are very well designed. My main quibble - and it's not a minor one - is that you... More 

Thank AlanWells32
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

This is right next to the Mercury theatre and it's so convenient to eat before a show. The food has always been variable but in our most recent visit it was very poor with little choice. It says it all that the much better neighbouring establishments are usually full and you can always get a table here. It is convenient... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 368100

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