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.
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.
Leffe Blond 6.6% ABV
Smooth and subtle 6.6% – Leffe Blond is an authentic blond abbey beer with a slight hint of bitterness to it.
Purple Dog Blonde ale at 3.9% ABV
A locally brewed blonde, a hoppy ale made with a blend of German and Czechoslovakian hops to create an overall mild bitterness and citric aroma.
Fullers London Pride 4.1% ABV
Tawny coloured premium ale- The iconic Ale of the capital, London Pride is an all British affair that unites a nation of beer drinkers. It’s brewed with entirely homegrown hop varieties- Target for bittering and Northdown Challenger and Goldings for aroma- but the soul of the beer is unquestionably in the malt.
Jake The Snake at 4% ABV
Superb pale golden quaffing ale with subtle floral hop aroma and balanced maltiness. A golden ale by Mighty Oak Brewery – Hops: First Gold, Mount Hood – Malts: Maris Otter pale
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.
Doom Bar 4% ABV
From Sharp’s Brewery. A Cornish amber ale with an enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. Our most popular ale!
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.
Strongbow Dark Fruit 4% ABV
Crisp apple cider combined with a refreshing blend of Dark Fruit, delivering Strongbow’s signature cut-through refreshment.
The great Gin selection of UK and world Gins with a fantastic variety of Tonics to match the Gin of your choice.
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.
Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin - 40% ABV
Rhubarb juice extracted using a traditional fruit press and blended with Harringtons Dry Gin creating a sweet and tangy rhubarb explosion.
Visited to attend the pub quiz on Monday, loved the content (film, tv and music). Good atmosphere - and the food smelled lovely (though I didn't eat plenty of other... read more
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
I’ve been going to the purple dog for many years now, since I was a student. It’s a no frills pub that always has a good atmosphere and (on the... read more
Great spot in the middle of town. Good grub and service. Great place to retreat from the shopping! Very vibrant probably due to the footfall. recommended.
Visited here with a couple of friends on a Sunday afternoon, it is I think the oldest pub in Colchester. We had drinks and food and it was really good... read more
Maybe I'm getting old, but when visiting the "oldest pub" I was expecting something a bit more traditional. The place was very modern looking inside with only the odd wooden... read more