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.

LAGERS
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
ALES
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.

CIDERS
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

Vodkas

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

Rum

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

Whisky

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

TripAdvisor Reviews

  •   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

    avatar thumb Laurabell1990
    9/16/2019

      Excellent pub in Colchester. It has history. More importantly great staff, excellent service and good food. I would definitely rate the Purple Dog as the best pub in Colchester.

    avatar thumb Keith v
    7/08/2018

      On day trip to Colchester stopped for lunch. Reasonably priced tasty food staff very polite and welcoming.

    Girlsawaydays
    6/23/2019
  •   A mate and me popped in for a bit of dinner late in the afternoon yesterday. The beer is always well kept. It's an ideal location. Yesterday we ordered the... read more

    avatar thumb Andrew W
    4/12/2018

      Popped into this lovely pub for lunch, we were actually on our way to somewhere else.... so glad we did pop in, lovely Inside. Beer garden to sit and enjoy... read more

    avatar thumb bossa17
    6/20/2018

      A good mix of people in here, one of the friendlier pubs in colchester, fair selection of drinks and not too overpriced compared with other options.

    avatar thumb robmooretravel
    11/19/2019

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