Balkerne Restaurant

The Balkerne Restaurant offers a selection of English and International cuisine and wines. For those that want to experience the ultimate in fine dining why not try our Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Bookings for this restaurant are recommended. Menus can be found below.

View of the Balkerne restaurant


Monday to Friday Lunch
12.00 noon – 12.45pm

Tuesday to Thursday Dinner
7.00pm – 7.45pm

Last order for lunch at 1.00pm, for dinner at 8.15pm.  Restaurant closes at 2.30pm and 10.30pm respectively.

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


Monday lunch
A la carte menu – dishes individually priced

Tuesday – Friday lunch
3 courses inc. coffee ~ £12.50 per person

Tuesday dinner
3 courses inc. coffee ~  £17.50 per person

Wednesday and Thursday fine dining
Amuse bouche, 3 courses, inc. coffee and petit fours ~  £21.00 per person

Group/Private Bookings

If you require exclusive use of the Balkerne Restaurant, please contact the Restaurant 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 6 or more guests in the Balkerne Restaurant require a deposit of £5.00 per person, to guarantee the reservation. Deposits can be paid by cash, cheque or credit/debit card at CH&FS Reception. Alternatively, you can send a cheque, made payable to Colchester Institute, to the Balkerne Restaurant, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL. In the event of a full or part cancellation, the deposit of £5.00 per person is non-refundable.

Dietary Requirements

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

Telephone Number: (01206) 712452