Situated on High Street in the town centre of Colchester, a stone’s throw away from the River Colne, the Brook Red Lion Hotel offers up a relaxed lodging with a warm and welcoming ambience that delivers that home away from home feel.
The historic venue goes all the way back to 1465 and has kept many of its Tudor features, with exposed beams seen throughout, a roaring fire bordered by a bare brick chimney, and an exterior that just epitomises the style of a good old Great British Pub. The hotel is also home to a wonderful bar and restaurant area, in which hungry patrons are able to sit back and unwind.
Offering a bit more of an informal atmosphere to that of the restaurant with the same exquisite fare is the Bar at the Brook Red Lion Hotel. Both guests of the hotel and those passing by looking for a bite to eat are invited to peruse a menu that is jam-packed with classic and modern dishes. Take the starters for instance, where the sweet chilli sauce accompanied duck spring rolls are wonderfully contrasted by the homemade chicken liver parfait. Not to mention the halloumi hummus, capers, salad and pitta bread, which provides a delectable vegetarian alternative.
The main event to follow is just as sumptuous and includes a glorious slow roast belly pork, which is served with mash potatoes, sticky red cabbage and a pot of apple sauce, a warming chicken curry with rice, poppadom and naan, and a range of succulent steaks. As for the more herbivorous members of the party, the cinnamon infused risotto, which comes complete with a roasted butternut squash, and the mushroom cream covered taglietelle and parmesan garlic bread, are two delectable options.
For the sweet tooth that is just begging for a little bit more, a dessert list that sports a refreshing fruit salad, a sweet-as-you-like sticky toffee pudding drizzled in a caramel sauce, and the quintessentially British savoury treat in the cheese board, allow for a stylish conclusion to any meal.
With several of the area’s attractions just a hop, skip and a jump away, including the iconic Castle Museum and Park and Colchester’s Natural History Museum, the Bar at the Brook Red Lion Hotel is in the ideal setting to enjoy a fabulous casual meal before, during, or after a day of exploration.