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After the siege of Colchester in 1648, Parliamentary soldiers came looking for John Wenlock, a loyalist who had long suffered for his support of Charles I. When they eventually found him, he was hauled to the Crown Inn, where he was brought before the rest of the troopers and their commander-in-chief who were lodged there.

A country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character, our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, book a table online and enjoy some quality time with those you love the most.

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Pub reviews


Simelia Afroz

6 months ago

We had our Christmas meal. It was the first time we went there. I am not from Colchester, would have been nice if the road had some sort of marking to ensure which way to enter. Other than that, the waitresses were amazing, kind and friendly. The food was really good! Might have to go back again for the toffee pudding. It was delicious. The atmosphere was very nice and felt very Christmassy.

Javier Hernandez Garcia

7 months ago

I am on a visit trip from the Netherlands and visited the Crown today. Deciding the menu's I was helped by Rio, my waitress for the afternoon, who advised me on the menu. The place was very nice and warm, and I enjoyed my food close to the fireplace. I had mushrooms as a starter and the lasagne as the main course which were very nice. My compliments to the Crown team, especially to Rio, for making our evening amazing with quality food.

Sonia Perez Garcia

7 months ago

I am here on holidays from Spain, we were taking to The Crown Ardleigh. Arrived early PM and we were greated by Rio, we had a table near by an open fire which was very pleasant on a cold afternoon. She was very attentive and helped us in selecting one of the two menu's. We chose scolaps and lambs, which was delicious. I hope to return when I will come to England in the near future. Had a wonderful afternoon.

Charles. W.

7 months ago

Lovely warm pub with great food. Definatley coming back to get the burgers our friends had as they looked so good. Only critism was the toilet area being so hot it was almost unbearable.

Ross Boyle

10 months ago

Have a look at these 2 meals. They are both children’s meals prices at £8 each and at the point of the photo neither child had eaten a mouthful. 2 members of staff have confirmed that this children’s portion of fish is correct. Absolutely ridiculous. Also the children’s turkey and sausage meal is supposed to come with a sausage and no amount of arguing will ever convince me that a sage an onion stuffing ball is a sausage!! * To be clear. I did raise this with the staff at the point of being in the restaurant and they confirmed the portion size was correct. My point is the portion size is ridiculous and not in line with similar restaurants in the area. I ended up giving my 4 year old child some of my food. The point about the sausages wasn’t that is wasn’t rectified but that the staff were trying to convince me a sage an onion stuffing ball was as sausage.

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Mon11:00 – 23:00
Tue11:00 – 23:00
Wed11:00 – 23:00
Thur11:00 – 23:00
Fri11:00 – 23:00
Sat11:00 – 23:00
Sun11:00 – 22:30
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