The Purple Dog Pub – one of Colchester’s oldest pubs

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  • Refreshing Drinks at The Purple Dog Pub Colchester

A place of refreshment since 1647

Serving award winning ales, beers and wines

We are a pub situated in the middle of Colchester town centre. We offer a wide range of food, coffee and drinks in the day and then turn into the top rock & indie venue at night. Friendly atmosphere from both staff and customers.  


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Please check pub blackboard and Facebook page for daily specials! 

We cannot guarantee any dish is free from nuts or nut derivatives, nor that fish dishes do not contain fish bones. If you have any food or drink allergies or intolerances, please speak to a member of staff before placing your order.

Join us for a drink!

At our pub, we proudly offer our guests to taste our award winning ales and beers brewed from carefully selected barley, wheat and hops.

Heineken Extra Cold 5.0% ABV

From the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam comes Heineken Extra Cold. A beer served at sub-zero temperatures to achieve a one-of-a-kind drinking experience. This new form of Heineken has taken the world by storm and has finally embraced our sunny shores.

Heineken Extra Cold is Heineken that is plunged to -3 degrees by state-of-the-art technology and served in super-chilled glasses so you get the crisp and light flavour of Heineken – while remaining true to the original recipe.

San Miguel 5.0% ABV

The UK’s number 1 Spanish lager, it is a pilsner style lager, golden in colour, sparkling with a generous white creamy head. The taste is full bodied with a refreshing balance of bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malt. (Vegan Lager)

Carlsberg 3.8% ABV

Truly an international brand served in 140 countries worldwide. A blonde, crystal clear pilsner style lager with a flavour of hops, grains, pine needles and Danish summer apples and a harmoniously balanced taste. (Vegan Lager)

Fosters 4.0% ABV

A light-coloured lager style, it presents full malt character with a balanced clean hop bitterness. Combined with a slightly hoppy, but yeasty/malty nose, Foster’s lager is a full bodied beer with excellent drinkability.

Birra Moretti 4.6% ABV

Birra Moretti premium Italian Lager a quality beer made in the traditional way which is a result of a production process that has remained unchanged since 1859. The best raw materials are used to make Birra Moretti, as well as a special blend that gives it a unique taste and fragrance.

Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale 4.1% ABV
Darkstar Hophead 3.8% ABV

Hoppy golden ale

Fullers London Pride 4.1% ABV

Deep copper with malt and hops

Ghost Ship 4.5% ABV

Pale Ale with a good assertive pithy bitterness and a malty backbone. It is brewed using Rye, Citra and a blend of other American hop varieties to create a great citrus flavour.

Our Guest Ales

We rotate our Ales on a regular basis, please ask our barman for more details.

Aspalls 5.5% ABV

A Suffolk cider, created to celebrate 275 years of cider making by 8th generation brothers Barry and Henry Chevallier Guild. Fruity, dry, racy, thirst-quenching, lip-smacking.

Browse through our great selection of gins, vodkas, rums and whisky’s

Premium Gins

Tanqueray London Dry - 43.1% ABV

One of the most awarded Gins in the world.

Bombay Sapphire - 40% ABV

World famous Gin, every drop contains 10 hand-selected botanicals from locations around the world.

Gordon’s - 37.5% ABV

250 years ago Alexander Gordon started his distillery creating a recipe for a brilliant tasting Gin.

Monkey 47 - 47% ABV

Unusual Gin from the Black Forest in Germany.

Sipsmiths London Dry Gin - 41.6% ABV

A classic traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex and aromatic.

Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin - 37.5% ABV

Gordon’s with a natural sweetness of raspberries and strawberries made only with natural fruit.

It's a Gin Ting - 42.5% ABV

Gin infused with Passionfruit, Mango and Elderflower

Hoxton Coconut & Grapefruit - 40% ABV
Hoxton Pink Gin - 40% ABV
Boe Violet - 41.5% ABV
Lind & Lime - 44% ABV
Verano Lemon Gin - 40% ABV
Jaffa Cake Gin - 42% ABV

Orange and chocolate gin, made with real Jaffa Cakes!

Whitley Neil Gin - 43% ABV

Rhubarb & Ginger, Raspberry, Blood Orange


Smirnoff - 37.5% ABV

The number one vodka brand in the world

Absolute Vanilla - 40% ABV
Absolute Mango - 40% ABV
Absolute Passionfruit - 40% ABV
Absolute Citron - 40% ABV
Grey Goose - 40% ABV


Captain Morgan's Spiced - 35% ABV
Kraken - 40% ABV
Duppy Share Spiced - 37.5% ABV
Chairman's Reserve - 40% ABV
Diplomatico - 40% ABV
Plantation - 40% ABV

A pineapple dark rum

Dead Mans Fingers Spiced - 37.5% ABV
Dead Mans Fingers White - 37.5% ABV
Dead Mans Fingers Mango - 37.5% ABV


Bells 40% ABV
Jamesons - 40% ABV
Glenlivet - 40% ABV

TripAdvisor Reviews

  •   Waited half an hour for our meals. My daughter had a hair in her burger and my lettuce had grit in it. Very surly bar staff and chairs and tables... read more

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      Came here with my friend as it was her birthday today as heard good things about this pub. We sat by the window I ordered a burger and she had... read more

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      We found this pub after a disappointing venture to find the priory, signage made finding anything in the town awful. Thank goodness for the Purple Dog. Staff were so friendly... read more

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  •   Co1 went to the purple dog on Tuesday it was only my second visit to this pub and I wasn’t disappointed our burgers were amazing just cooked right juicy,tasty and... read more

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      Very happy with the purple dog one off the best burgers I have ever had I give it a 5 star ⭐️ from me

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      Good size portions, though pub was chilly. This ruins a meal in my opinion.
    Beef was tender and well cooked but gravy was slimy like brown wallpaper paste. The stuffing... read more

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