“ Address: 51 North Hill / Colchester / CO1 1PY / Tel: 01206 574 001 „
Colchester has loads of restaurants to choose from, but The Green Room (part of the North Hill hotel) offers something a bit different - a menu that changes depending on what's in season and is traditionally English yet modern and inventive at the same time.
A bistro, the restaurant offers "grown up" dishes in a calm and relaxing environment which is both friendly and welcoming. The dining area is green (I wonder why that is?!), the tables pine and the chairs comfy.
The staff are very attentive and nothing is too much trouble.
The quality of the food is amazing - even the fish and chips tastes like no fish and chips you have ever had anywhere else with chunky hand cut chips that are crispy on the outside and deliciously fluffy on the inside, and light beer batter that is perfect against the thick and juicy cod! I've also tried chicken there, and a pan fried cod and champ potatoes which had so many flavours going on it was like my taste buds were waking up with each mouthful!
We have had a basket of bread as our starter to share each time we have been there and it is lovely home-baked bread (which isn't too heavy) served with good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.
The desserts have got to be the best part of the menu though with loads of mouthwatering options that change throughout the year. Just before Christmas I had "Spiced chocolate fudge cake with black cherry compote" and it was to die for - a rich, chocolatey cake with a hint of Christmas spices with a thick covering of gorgeous chocolate fudge, served with a zingy compote that complemented the richness of the fudge cake brilliantly. The only problem with the desserts being so good is that it is very disappointing when you discover you don't have room to enjoy one! It's all so beautifully presented too that you almost don;t want to eat it - it's like a work of art on a plate :-)
At about £55-£60 for 2 people, the bistro is much pricier than some of the other nearby chain restaurants such as ASK and Prezzo (esp. with the 2for1 offers that they now constantly run) but for a special occasion it is well worth the extra money.