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.

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.

ALES
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!

Our 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.

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.

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.

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.

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TripAdvisor Reviews

  •   Having moved to Colchester a couple months ago we finally found our favourite “local”. Staff are very friendly, waiting time for food is good and the prices are cheap. The quality of the food is outstanding with the best Sunday Roast we’ve had by far...More

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    10/07/2018

      We were a bit reluctant on entering this busy pub on a Sat. afternoon but was pleasantly surprised to receive quick service and found a table ok. The food was typical good pub grub and of sizable portions for the price and of a good...More

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    10/23/2018

      I brought my Mun to the Purple Dog to enjoy a nice Sunday roast as a treat for Mother’s Day. The atmosphere was pleasant. The staff were great and our waiter, Karl was very friendly. The roast beef dinner was superb. Very tasty.

    thumb Brian C
    3/31/2019
  •   We regularly pop in for something to eat when in town. Has a good choice and always has a specials board. Good pub atmosphere with good portion sizes. Consistent food. Always get the right order

    thumb stip83
    5/28/2018

      Wow what a find this place was. It came up from a Google search, so well done Google! Great selection of ales and staff knew what they were selling which is always a bonus!

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    5/18/2019

      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 and helpful. Food was great. Prices reasonable. Doombar available - my top choice. Some customers...More

    thumb Anne M
    10/12/2018

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