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The Fox & Fiddler, Colchester

1 St John's Street
Colchester
CO2 7AA

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E TA left this review about The Fox & Fiddler

The Fox and Fiddler is a lively high street pub which can swing unpredictably between squaddie bar and decent boozer and back several times in an evening. It's an historic building and many of the older architectural features, some from the 14th Century, are on display. Of note is the front fireplace, brick built with a timber cill, surmounted by a stone frieze. There is a small, quiet garden at the back. It has been a GBG regular, and deservedly so, and is currently serving some excellent beers in superb condition. I had a pint of Mighty Oak's Flying Inn, an outstanding pint. While I can't actually warm to the pub, I have to say it's an essential part of a town crawl and worth spending time in for its beer quality alone.

On 24th June 2014 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Fox & Fiddler

This is a nice, traditional feeling pub in the centre of town. The interior is mostly dark wood beams and bare brick walls, especially around the large, unused fireplace, which had a large scene carved above it. There is a mix of sofas and normal chairs in the front room with the unusual sight of marble topped tables. The rooms further back were empty when I visited and seemed to be set up more for dining. Another fireplace was visible when I took a quick peek. There seems to be a strong connection with the military as there were all sorts of photos around the bar and beyond of local troops, as well as the obligatory Help for Heroes collection tin.
Five hand pumps dispensed Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde, English Oak and NYB11 (£2.90), Hardy and Hanson Bitter and Moorland Original. My pint of NYB11 was in reasonable condition, although not really to my taste. The barmaid was prompt in serving, but then proceeded to sit customer side of the bar with a bottle of WKD having put a load of pop tunes on the jukebox at an unreasonably loud level. As such, I was soon wishing that I'd ordered a half rather than a full pint.
I think this is a pretty decent pub that I caught at the wrong time. The beer selection means that it is probably worth a passing look at the very least.

On 26th January 2011 - rating: 6
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Nigel Sheppard left this review about The Fox & Fiddler

Three real ales and an average mid town pub.

On 18th July 2010 - rating: 5
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train man left this review about The Fox & Fiddler

Mighty Oak Maldon Gold, English Oak, IPA, & Mixed Doubles (a confusing pumpclip helpfully annotated with a sticker indicating ‘blonde'), one pump unclipped. The Maldon Gold was excellent value at £2.20 ‘all day, every day', and this meant the cheapest 4-pint round of the day at £9.70. The front bar has marble-topped tables & rather strange leather seating & sofas where one would expect more traditional wood furnishings but, that aside, I like the place & the guv is a courteous & genial host. I don't recall all the 3-Para photos last visit, was I asleep?

9 March 2008
Another pub added to our crawl on local recommendation, and rightly so. Very friendly greeting and service at the bar, Mighty Oak Burntwood, Maldon Gold, Everyman an Emporer, English Oak, and the fabulous In Seine. Pub arranged in 3 sections with bar and seating at the front, a lovely beamed room to the rear entirely occupied by a huge square table around which is seating for 12-15, and in between more seating in a dining room style. The rear two sections are separated by a large chimney breast. I fear the barman, dressed in full St George crusader outfit before the rugby, may have taken some mighty stick from his kilted chums Sat night.

On 5th July 2009 - rating: 7
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Phil Saunders left this review about Fox & Fidler

A very good town pub. Beer well looked after. Lower prices for realale on Mondays and Tuesdays.

On 20th October 2007 - no rating submitted
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john mcgraw left this review about The Fox & Fiddler

Nice little town pub.Four real ales on and a seperate place for eating at the back.Special offers on real ales Mon & Tue.

On 28th September 2006 - rating: 8
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