The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester is a 14th century hotel which provides a peaceful setting and relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal funeral reception venue for you to celebrate your loved one’s life. From small gatherings of 20 guests all the way up to 160 guests.

We understand this is a difficult time, so our experienced team will guide you through the planning stages to discuss menu options, layout and any personal touches that you would like to add.

We’re more than happy to help you arrange a last minute funeral reception if required. And our longstanding relationships with local funeral directors helps our teams to quickly organise anything that you may need. We will listen to you and tailor the day to your requirements, allowing you to experience the day exactly as you hope for.

We’re ready to offer our guidance and support in any way that we can.

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For the convenience of your guests, looking for wake venues near Colchester Crematorium is likely to be near the top of your wish list.

The Rose and Crown Hotel is less than a 10 minute drive from Colchester Cemetery & Crematorium and 20 minutes from Weeley Crematorium.

We have 35 parking spaces in our hotel which are first come first served. The nearest public car park is Priory Street Car Park, which is a 13 minute walk from our hotel. Our car park has flat access to all communal areas of the hotel, making it suitable for those with limited mobility.

We’re close to Colchester town centre too, so there are great public transport links for anyone arriving by train or bus. We’re just 1.6 miles from Colchester train station.

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Includes unlimited tea and coffee. Any extra items are an additional £2pp.

Minimum 20 people (we can arrange a specific menu choice for fewer than 20 people)

King prawns wrapped in filo pastry, sweet chilli & cucumber
Chicken satay skewers
Pigs in blankets in a honey & mustard glaze
Mini sausage rolls – vegan option available
Assorted sandwiches – vegan options available
Smoked salmon Bellini, caviar crème fraîche
Quiche Lorraine
Vegetable spring rolls (V) – vegan
Broccoli & stilton quiche (V)
Cherry tomatoes, baby mozzarella & basil skewers (V)
Fruit scones with clotted cream & Wilkin’s strawberry jam
Chocolate brownie bites – vegan option available

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Room hire is completely FREE for all funeral receptions held at our hotel.

We offer funeral reception venues of all sizes, suitable for small intimate gatherings all the way up to 160 guests.

Audio visual equipment (LCD projector, DVD player etc) is available in all of our wake venues if you’d like to share photographs or videos on a big screen. Please ask us for more information about this.


The Rose and Crown Colchester is a great choice for your wake venue as we have 39 bedrooms available for friends and family who may be visiting from afar.

All of our rooms are available at a discounted rate for guests staying over after a funeral reception. Our team will be happy to talk you through this.

We have accessible bedrooms available and many of our rooms are on the ground floor, making them suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

Hopefully we can give you one less thing to worry about as our team is here to help you with all your funeral reception’s accommodation requirements.

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Best Western The Rose and Crown Hotel
East Street, Colchester,
Essex, CO1 2TZ

We’re located just outside Colchester city centre, five miles from Colchester Zoo and a 15 minute walk from Colchester Castle.

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