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4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
+44 1206 571003
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good43%
  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“jacket potato” (4 reviews)
“steak” (12 reviews)
“curry” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Ive been to Playhouse quite a few times now and each time I have been so impressed with the customer service. All staff have always been very friendly and polite, especially Emma. What a delightful young lady. On my last visit she went out of...More

Thank meg2137
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I loved this place. It is an old theatre refurbished and made into a pub come restaurant. They have a good selection of real ales on tap plus an extensive menu with daily specials. I went on a Tuesday which was steak night and had...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I don't know how they do it,but they do it so well.Had a quick lunch whilst waiting for the other half. Steak,perfectly cooked and all the trimmings and a pint and for less than a tenner.It was packed,but lovely service from Sinead on this visit.Love...More

Thank UmpleB
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat ourselves on the "stage" and could clearly see the audience in the circle including the Queen, Barack Obama, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Marylin Munroe and even a dalek. Wetherspoons have a reputation for taking over quirky places but this is the best we've...More

Thank Jeffrey1809
p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi, Thank you for writing your review. Why not get yourself up on the balcony (as a cut out) we would love to see some customers on site. We love to hear what our customers think and its great to see the reactions. Try a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place to catch up with friends !good beer, lovely staff and quick service at the bar . Will be back soon !

Thank Petre Remus Z
p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. If we can help with finding and sourcing your favourite drink then please let us know and we will see what we can do. Glad to hear that you have had a good time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast , food cold again, the bill was wrong again manager would not say it was wrong but gave me my money back .!!. CHECK YOUR BILL.

p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for highlighting the issue with the bill and we have forwarded this information on our Head office who are now looking into this for us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went there as I needed to wait for the next bus. I asked a local that recommended to go there for good beer. What I found was a nice atmosphere, a friendly bar man AND I'd love to have such a choice of beers...More

Thank Matthias Z
p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you so much for writing your review. We are pleased that you were recommended to us and that you have enjoyed our range of beers. We wish you safe travels and hope to entice you back again in the future. Thank you once...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

We are visiting Colchester for a few days with my mother in law and her husband. Popped in to the Playhouse as Merryl has been before. I must say that Playhouse provides a unique experience. We ordered drinks 🍷 at the bar and then found...More

Thank Charlie H
p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for writing a review and its great to see you have been using the Order & Pay App. Our customers have been having a lot of fun with it and it certainly is keeping us on our toes. I'm hoping that we...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Ir is as other people describe it . A mus if a spoons fan . And a great place to have a meal or just a coffee . Have done both . No complaints . Worth the walkMore

Thank s g
p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for writing your review, We are right in the town centre and hopefully you didn't have to walk too far. I am pleased to see you are a fan and if you can try and pop down to Ramsgate - we have just...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Firstly, you won't find this Spoons on the High Street. Such is the nature of Colchester that you'll find it down a parallel one three streets away, slightly down a bit of hill from the town centre peak of Colchester itself. Guess that its something...More

Thank JackcomebackDawson
p137, Manager at Playhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for writing your thoughts. Its great that you found us and enjoyed your visit. I do hope your team won on the day! A great description you have given us and I do hope you visit us again in the future.

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26 June 2015|
Response from p137 | Property representative |
Hi, In answer to your question Under 18's are allowed in the Pub until 21:30pm during your visit you will need to be accompanied by a responsible person over 18 and you will also need to consume a meal and soft drink of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 St. Johns Street, Colchester CO2 7AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 571003
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