Colne Bistro
(01206) 712452

An opportunity to dine at lunch and support the next generation of hospitality staff – both chefs and front of house.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday – 12pm to 12.45pm

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

Telephone lines are manned Tuesday to Friday, 10.15am to 2.45pm.


Tuesday to Friday Lunch

1 course – £7.00

2 courses for £8.50

3 courses for £10.50

Each Friday the Colne Bistro will have a themed menu.  Please contact CH&FS reception for further details.


Sample Weds -Thurs Lunch MenuChristmas MenuThemed Friday Menu’s


  • Carrot and coriander soup with croutons (v)
  • Red onion marmalade and goats cheese crostini
  • Deep fried chicken goujons with roast garlic and lemon mayonnaise
  • Warm mixed bean, pancetta and tomato salad with poached egg


  • Grilled salmon teriyaki and vegetable kebab with braised rice
  • Steak and ale pie with a puff pastry crust
  • Baked field mushrooms stuffed with sun blushed tomato, herbs, shallots and pine nuts (n,v)
  • Spinach and ricotta pancakes with a tomato, basil and cream sauce (v)


  • Lemon meringue pie
  • White chocolate and cherry mousse
  • Bread and butter pudding with toffee sauce

v = vegetarian
n = contains nuts

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
21st November to 14th December 2018
(excluding 23rd & 30th November)


  • Curried parsnip soup with parsnip crisps (gf, v, df)
  • Stilton cheese croquettes with spiced pear chutney
  • Prawn Cocktail (al, gf)
  • Creamy garlic mushroom vol au vent (al, v)


  • Slow cooked crispy roast belly pork with apricot and chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, sprouts, peas and carrots (n, al)
  • Butternut squash and chestnut risotto with crispy sage and butter and a Winter watercress salad (v)
  • Turkey, sausage and bacon burger sweet potato fries, festive slaw and cranberry sauce
  • Chargrilled salmon steak with dauphinoise potatoes and wilted spinach (gf)


  • Please see blackboard for today’s dessert selection

v suitable for vegetarians | n contains nuts | gf gluten friendly | df dairy free |al contains alcohol | d suitable for diabetics (no added sugar)

1 course – £7.00 per person | 2 courses – £8.50 per person | 3 courses – £10.50 per person
One bill per table, we are unable to split bills

While nuts and other nut derivatives are not used in every recipe, all food is prepared in an environment where cross contamination may occur. Should you have significant food intolerance’s, please advise a member of staff.

‘Pie’-day – 5th & 12th October, 2nd November

Curry Friday – 9th & 16th November

Italian Trattoria – 23rd & 30th November

Christmas – 7th & 14th December

Detox – 4th January

French Bistro – 11th & 18th January

‘Pie’-day – 25th January, 1st & 8th February

Greek Taverna – 1st & 8th March

Great British Menu – 15th & 22nd March

Fish Fry-day – 5th April

2 courses £8.50 | 3 courses £10.50

Reservations can be made at CH&FS Reception


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

While nuts and other nut derivatives are not used in every recipe, all food is prepared in an environment where cross contamination may occur. Before ordering, please speak to a member of staff if you have a food allergy or intolerance.

All food served may contain trace elements of nuts, we are unable to provide a guarantee that any dish or product is 100% nut free, we will however label products that contain nuts in line with the recipe specification.


Reservations are recommended but not essential. Tables may be available for walk-in customers.

Group Bookings

Bookings of six or more guests in the Colne Bistro 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 Colne Bistro, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LL.)

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

Pay Deposit
Private Bookings

If you require exclusive use of the Colne Bistro, please contact the Events Manager to discuss your requirements.

Conference / Meeting Facilities

We have the facilities to offer a meeting room for 35 people. Please contact the Events Manager for further information.