Welcome to GreyFriars

During November we remain open to business customers for overnight stays and business meetings, with our Head Chef to hand in the Kitchen.

The show must go on!

Our Reception team are of course continuing to take Room and Dining Reservations for all customers for dates from Thursday 3rd December 2020 onwards. The Christmas decorations will be up and the smell of cloves, cinnamon and mulled wine will be wafting through the air! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

GreyFriars is an exquisite Michelin Recommended luxury hotel and award-winning dining destination. Created from a beautiful range of Grade II* listed C18th buildings, GreyFriars sits in its own gated grounds at the top of East Hill, in Colchester’s historic Cultural Quarter.

Close to the famous Castle, the ruins of the Norman Priory, the art galleries and musea, while only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and a flagship Fenwicks store, GreyFriars is the perfect location from which to explore Colchester, Constable Country and the wonderful East Anglian Coast and Countryside.

Explore our website and discover the elegant interiors, our fabulously appointed rooms and suites – perfect for an indulgent and luxurious stay.

Let us welcome you into Cloisters or the Rose Room, our award-winning restaurants, or come and relax in one of our comfortable lounges or the Baroque Bar and Terrace and enjoy a wonderful cocktail flamboyantly made by our master bartenders.

View our Autumn menus here in anticipation of savouring the fine dining, 5* Service and luxurious surroundings for which GreyFriars is renowned.

Looking ahead to Christmas, the choice is yours: view our Christmas menus and book your celebrations with us!

For your comfort and safety GreyFriars has enhanced safety measures in place, to ensure you, our loyal and valued guests, can relax in the knowledge that your comfort and safety is of paramount importance to us as always. Additionally we are proud to be COVID-19 secure accredited by The National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland We’re Good to Go Certificate.

We look forward to hearing from you soon either by email to Reservations@greyfriarscolchester.co.uk or by telephone on 01206 575913.

We wish you good health and safety and very much look forward to extending our traditional warm welcome to you at GreyFriars soon.

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Rooms & Suites


GreyFriars has 26 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, including a number of Grand Luxe Signature Suites, Deluxe Suites and Junior Suites. All rooms are designed and fitted to match 5* standards and feature beautiful marble bathrooms or shower rooms.

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Dining & Restaurants


With a wide range of menus on offer, we are proud to be able to satisfy all tastes and preferences at any time of the day, from Breakfast, to Lunch, Parlour Afternoon Tea, to Evening Dining or a simple pot of speciality tea or a fine Nespresso coffee.

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Bars & Lounges


The Baroque Bar and its sisters Venetian Lounge and the Library Lounge are found in the original C18th core of GreyFriars. The atmosphere is one of a private members club, with solid woods, leather, velvet and granite and two open fires.

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