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4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
+44 1206 571003
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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“steak” (10 reviews)
“curry” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Had no idea this place existed as I am not local. Was brought here for lunch and although it was around 1pm the place wasn't overly busy but still had a good atmosphere. Served reasonably quickly at the bar and our food once ordered arrived...More

Thank 350Gail350
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went there a few times this week the lady boss is lovely always has time for you and very helpful food good and drinks great prices nice and clean large area a must if you in Colchester

Thank johnwatson1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favourite bar in Colchester, nice atmosphere, decor and the best selection of beers in Colchester. The only frustration is the time it takes to get served, it's a running joke amongst regulars now. Staff just walk around the bar aimlessly, stop for a chat...More

Thank Adam P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a Wetherspoons so you know what your getting,and this 1 does it aswell as any.Went on a Tuesday for the steak deal. I had an Angus and the Mrs a Barbecue chicken melt,both came out nice and hot and the steak perfectly cooked,you...More

Thank UmpleB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been to many Weatherspoons all over the country. But must say this is the best one for decor and atmosphere keeping the old theatre theme the building used to be. And unusual for this chain plenty of staff behind the bar all pleasant and helpful....More

Thank gjbell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Where to start... disinterested staff. Slow and poor service. Most staff have no idea what Ale or Lager is on offer, you have to walk them to the pump. Ran out of curries on Curry night, I ask you? Really! Just poor. Add in staff...More

1  Thank Keith v
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was visiting Colchester and found this lovely JD Wetherspoons. Lovely looking building, great staff and service and a busy nice atmosphere. Food and drinks are very well priced and the new app to order at the table is wonderful. Totally recommend this pub.

Thank moody900
Ella D, Public Relations Manager at Playhouse, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for such a positive review! We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and the building, we feel very lucky to be in such a lovely setting! Thankyou again, and we hope to see you again in the future

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

If you like Wetherspoons, you will know what to expect from the food and drink, reasonable food at good prices and a large drink selection. Unfortunately, there is no outside area, but it's nice to sit on the old stage and look at the gallery...More

Thank Jay3679
Ella D, Public Relations Manager at Playhouse, responded to this review

Hello, thankyou for your review, they're always a pleasure to read. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and were able to take advantage of some of our food and drink offers! Although in the early stages, we are hoping to expand to include an outside...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a lovely old pub which used to be a theatre. It still has a lot of the old decor and character of those days - I love the puppets, models and standees of old and new celebrities (not all theatre / film related)...More

Thank Jay-Marie08
Ella D, Public Relations Manager at Playhouse, responded to this review

Hello, thankyou for taking the time to write your review. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit! And if you think of any new audience members we could add, let us know! We are currently hiring more staff, and we will ensure our standards are kept...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

this is a really good Wetherspoons pub in a historic setting. The stage and balcony have been preserved to give a feel for an old music hall. We had quick and good service. The food was really good with no complaints. We tried local beer...More

Thank preic
Ella D, Public Relations Manager at Playhouse, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your review. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit, and hope you visit again in the future

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are the opening times for people under the age of 18? I'd like to spend some time with some friends but am just a few months away from being legal so I intend to drink soft drinks only. Will I still be allowed entrance in the evening?
26 June 2015|
Response from p137 | Property representative |
Hi, In answer to your question Under 18's are allowed in the Pub until 21:30pm during your visit you will need to be accompanied by a responsible person over 18 and you will also need to consume a meal and soft drink of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 571003
  • E-mail