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Boatyard Eatery, Colchester, Essex

Boatyard Eatery

3.9
3.9
133 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Daytime restaurant in the heart of Constable Country, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. Boat hire available in our fleet of traditional wooden boats to enjoy the river Stour and the surrounding countryside.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub, Deli
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01206 323153
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Dedham
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Essex

    Great for brunch

  • Essex

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Essex

    Great for scenic views

133 Reviews
  1. Loobylou

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    At the time of booking a key decider was a goid range of options on the menu. Sadly on the day the menu was significantly reduced and so did not meet our expectations . It is also more of a cafe than a restaurant experience Our table was very cramped for space making it very difficult for most of us to easily get in or out of our chairs. Servers were cheerful and the food OK but we won't be going back anytime soon.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible food, dogs barking in the restaurant. Long wait for food. Will never visit again.

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  3. Foodlover

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Loads of dogs inside the restaurant, owners using extension leads. Put me off going again, food was average so was the service. The view was lovely, but too many smelly dogs

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked requesting table for 8 outside a week in advance. Informing them we would be attending with 2 small babies and would need a shaded area. Arrived for booking and informed that they don’t take bookings for the outside. Thankfully we found some shade for the babies but there were several of my contact details on the booking for them to inform me of this. Parking also a total nightmare. There is ample parking in the restaurant car park but it is allowed to be used by members of the public who aren’t using the restaurant. Despite a sign informing customer only this is not policed.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Need not of booked no one around to acknowledge we arrived so just found a table Lovely food, good service stunning views. Main gripe no disabled parking available

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  6. LisaC

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good overall, lovely setting and great service

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a Sunday but there was no roast dinner which is why we went. No one informed us beforehand that roast was not in the menu. It was packed and there were queues out the door to order food. No table service available for people that had reserved. Menu was limited and we ended up with a ploughman’s that arrived with half the plate missing. It cost just under £70 for what was very average food for 3 people. Lovely location.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    A basic lunch, not the dining experience I expected. Noisy, crowded, very limited lunch menu. Staff non attentive, brought the food over then not seen again. Food is ordered and paid for in advance, customer goes to the counter to order and pay up front just like in a pub. In the past dining at the Boatyard was a treat, lovely food, varied menu, relaxing ambience. It was my husbands birthday, which I mentioned when booking but this was not acknowledged in any way. Altogether an average, underwhelming dining experience. Don't bother, we will not be going back.

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  9. VanessaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really lovely get together with friends, in a beautiful setting.

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  10. AngelaS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff always helpful friendly and pleased to see you. Menu varied and food always well presented. We had open fish finger sandwich and chips, fish and chips and vegan roasted vegetable tart and side salad and chips. Lovely views over the river Stour. Can’t wait for the summer to sit outside. Look forward to our next visit when we’re next up in Suffolk. Thank you!

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FAQs

Boatyard Eatery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01206 323153.

Boatyard Eatery is rated 3.9 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Boatyard Eatery

Mill Ln, Colchester, Essex CO7 6DH

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Dedham
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub, Deli
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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