“ Cuisine: Bistro / Address: The Minories 74 High Streeet Colchester, C01 1UE / Tel: 01206 765131 „
The Love Bistro is like a hidden gem in Colchester, a place which has loads of different types of place to eat and drink. So what makes it different?
For a start rather than being a cafe or bistro on it's own, it is within "The Minories", an art gallery so you almost wouldn't know that the love Bistro is there unless you happened to stumble across it. However, despite being "hidden" it is centrally located within the town centre of Britain's oldest town - it is just opposite the castle and just a stones throw from the town's bus station.
The Love Bistro serves good home-cooked food to a very high standard and is run by the same people behind one of Colchester's best sandwich bars "Food Life".
You can get sausage and mash, bubble and squeak, homemade burgers and deep filled ciabattas alongside "specials". For those just popping in for coffee and cake there is always an array of delicious cakes sold by the slice as well as scones and individual cakes and muffins.
The milkshakes are to do for - although if you're eating you probably won't have room as they're HUGE!! They come with whipped cream, a flake and maltesers on top so you've been warned - they're not for the faint-hearted!
There is a very cosy feel within the bistro and it is rustic in decor with a lovely mosaic. In the summer you can sit in the gorgeous walled garden and a BBQ is set up on Sundays along with live jazz.
Compared to some cafes, people have said that The Love Bistro is expensive but as the food is so nice, the portions so large and the atmosphere so relaxing I think it represents good value.