“ Address: 156 High Street / Colchester CO1 1PG „
Popped over for a brunch, ordered food, took them quite a while to make it, then they mad it wrong, although we told the bar lady what we want 3 times, never asked what side we want for the dish that comes with a side dish (soup, salad etc), they just brought it with salad, the roll itself was verry small. The all day breakfast was quite small :( cost £7.99... I was expecting it to be a bit bigger for this price, we ordered food at 12.20, before 12.00 AM the breakfast is only £2.99, so I do not really get why the price is so extremely different, eggs were overcooked, dry and burned.. Was not impressed at all.
The Duchess is the kind of pub that you may walk past several times before you even realise it is there, but once you find it you wonder why you haven't been in before!
Situated at the end of the high street next to the Williams & Griffin department store, the pub has been open for just over a year (it was previously called the Wig & Pen).
Very tastefully decorated, the pub has comfy seating, low lighting and pictures of Colchester in times gone by on the walls.
Some nights a pianist plays in the bar adding to a chilled out feeling (although not if you sit too close to him - it's quite loud then, as we have found out!)
The drinks are priced competitively and the food is very nice and reasonably priced. My first visit to The Duchess was for a work's Christmas meal and since then me and my husband have eaten there several times, enjoying our food each time. The sharing platters are particularly nice and good if you can't decide what to have!
Being on the high street, the pub is fantastically placed for a drink or bit to eat after work if you work in Colchester or a stop off during a shopping trip for a it of lunch and it feels one of the calmest places to be if you've been rushing around in shops!