Balkerne Restaurant

Here at the Balkerne Restaurant we endeavour to serve modern cuisine. Dishes that take seasonal produce and then give them a modern twist by pairing essentially British ingredients with European and Asian Flavours, and using modern, up-to-date cooking techniques. For those that want to experience the ultimate in modern dining, why not try our Wednesday and Thursday evenings? These evenings are run by our level 2 students front of house and level 3 students in the kitchen.

Booking for this restaurant is essential in order to avoid disappointment.

Opening Times

Wednesday to Thursday Lunch
12.00pm – 12.45pm
Last order at 1.00pm and restaurant closes at 2.30pm

Tuesday Dinner
7.00pm – 7.45pm
Last order at 8.00pm and restaurant closes at 10.30pm

Wednesday to Thursday Dinner
7.00pm – 7.45pm
Last order at 8.00pm and restaurant closes at 10.30pm

Please note: All restaurant opening times and prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Wednesday to Thursday lunch
3 courses inc. coffee – £13.00 per person

Tuesday Dinner
3 courses exc tea or coffee – £17.50 per person

Wednesday to Thursday Fine Dining
Amuse bouche, 3 courses, exc. coffee and petit fours – £20.00 per person

Sample Menus

Group / Private Bookings

If you require exclusive use of the Balkerne Restaurant, please contact the Events Manager to arrange. A maximum of 50 guests can be accepted in the restaurant. A surcharge will apply for parties with less than 35 guests.


Bookings of six or more guests in the Balkerne Restaurant require a deposit of £5.00 per person. Deposits are required to guarantee your booking, which in turn guarantees assessment opportunities and qualifications for our learners.

Deposits can be paid by cash, cheque or credit/debit card at the CH&FS Reception or at the Online Store. (Please make cheques payable to Colchester Institute, and send to the Balkerne Restaurant, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LL.)

In the event of a full or partial cancellation, the deposit is non-refundable.

Dietary Requirements

Vegetarian and gluten friendly alternatives are included in our menus. With prior notice, we will endeavour to produce dishes for other dietary requests.

Contact Us
(01206) 712452