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Discover our secret garden in Colchester

Published by Harj Grewal

From the park and the beach, to the sanctuary of your own back garden, nothing beats sitting alfresco in the great outdoors when the sky is blue and the summer sun is emanating its warm rays.

Britain in August is an outdoor playground, where eating and drinking with family and friends becomes an everyday occurrence. It is, after all, fleeting that we get the privilege of days warm enough to enjoy meals in the open air, in a country famous for its rain. So when the weather strikes, us Brits spring into action, making sure not to waste a minute of nature’s precious nectar when it shows its smiling face.

With the UK experiencing one of its best summers on record, including registering the hottest ever day in July, there couldn’t be a better time to reveal that The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester now has its own secret garden – perfect for lazy long lunches in the sun and enjoying a crisp glass of something cold when the temperatures soar.

Located at the back of our historic Colchester hotel, our secret garden has recently undergone a full transformation, with new furniture and alfresco dining facilities, to allow our guests to enjoy British summertime in style. From the beautifully manicured new lawn – perfect for slipping off your shoes and feeling the soft grass underfoot, to the stunning olive trees which make you feel like you are on a Mediterranean escape – not forgetting the plant-covered pagoda, where you can while away an afternoon cozied up to someone special.

We’ll be serving our full brasserie menu and beverage selection to patrons seated in the garden, so there’s no need to miss a minute of this glorious sunshine when you dine with us from now on. Whether you want a healthy light salad, a Sunday roast dinner, or one of our chef’s mouth-watering burgers (topped off with an onion ring stack) you’ll be able to have it all delivered direct to your table, which enjoys glorious 360 sunshine.

What more could you ask for when it’s the weekend and the weather’s nice?


Tables in our garden can be reserved on request, or are otherwise available on a first-come basis. We recommend calling ahead to avoid disappointment, especially if your party size is large.

You can reach our reception desk on 01206 866677 and if you’d like to stay the night at our historic hotel in Colchester, you can find details of our latest offers and the best room rates by booking with us direct on our website.


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