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The Bricklayers, Colchester

27 Bergholt Road
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Lawrence McCormick left this review about The Bricklayers

Occasional visitor, as I have family in the area therefore usually try to fit a visit in. Very welcoming, good range of ales, caters for diners, drinkers and sports fans alike. Recommended.

On 4th March 2020 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

Large multi-room pub just up the road from Colchester (North) train station. I stopped off here after an evening game at Colchester's ground prior to getting my train home. The main, central room has lots of dark wood beams and panelling as well as a fair bit of seating, with additional tables and chairs in adjoining rooms. The place was packed with football fans, so we headed into the smaller games room, which had its own bar as well as a pool table, dartboard, games machines and TV screens which were turned off.
There was a fine selection of beer available, dominated by Adnams, to whom this pub is tied, but with a good selection of local guests. Adnams Bitter, Lighthouse, Gun Hill, Old Ale and Broadside were on alongside Meantime Pale Ale, Green Jack Trawler Boys and Norfolk Black, Fullers London Pride and Batemans Mild. I tried a pint of the Norfolk Black (a Christmas winter warmer) and a half of the Batemans Mild and found both in top condition, justifying the presence of a number of CAMRA certificates on the wall. A Crones real cider was also available. All beers are listed on a couple of blackboards in each room. We were served by a very efficient team of bar staff who dealt with the crowds at the bar expertly and found time for a bit of banter with their customers.
This was the final pub of my Colchester crawl and to be honest I wouldn't have bothered if we hadn't just missed a train, but I'm very pleased that I did visit as I thought this was a very nice pub which I would happily return to, preferably on a non-football day.

On 27th January 2011 - rating: 8
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train man left this review about The Bricklayers

Returning to the Bricklayers for the last pint before our train home we ordered 3 different beers from the aforementioned impressive selection on offer and, since this is evidently a proper beer pub, weren't worried when the Adnams came up cloudy as we presumed it would be changed without a problem, how wrong we were! The young barmaid referred the pint to someone I presumed to be the landlady, who incredibly stated that there was nothing wrong with it and wheeled out the old nonsensical line ‘Well no-one else has complained!). We'd already asked for a Wherry as replacement and this was sitting on the bar when the landlady told the girl to ‘charge them for that'. We were drinking the beers, ignoring the ludicrous demand for further payment and were discussing this remarkable turn of events when the barmaid launched into a good impression of a screeching banshee demanding that if we had anything to say we should do so to her face! Get over yourself sweetie, we were talking about such extraordinary treatment of punters by the landlady in an otherwise top-notch pub. Our party of 3 has a combined age exceeding 155 and have drunk more beer than we care to remember, so we wouldn't be sending back a ‘good' pint. The episode sent me home seething and put a right downer on the end of the day. I'm changing what would have been a 9, to a 3, so there!

9 March 2008
I'm going to leave two reviews reflecting very different experiences of this pub, both on same day!
Great start to our Colchester crawl and my first encounter with an Adnams house serving guest ales (take note Southwold!), Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Explorer, Oyster Stout, Hooky Gold, Pride, Woodforde Wherry, Castle Rock Hemlock, Mauldons Cuckoo,Crones organic cider. The bar to the left of entrance is the saloon (or ‘vault' as we'd have it oop north) and is a large enough room with pool table, dartboard with its own space and oche, tv, bar with stools and space to drink, just a couple of central tables & seating, not all pumps are housed on this side but the ales are listed on a chalkboard. The main bar/lounge has plenty of seating, a conservatory to the rear, an open snug-like area with comfy chairs & leather sofa, and again plenty of room to just drink at the bar if you wish. We got a friendly greeting, great beer, and couldn't really wish for a better way to start the drinking day.

On 9th March 2008 - no rating submitted
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Colchester, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Colchester Town, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Hythe (Essex), 2.32 miles, 44 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bricklayers, Colchester
4th Mar 2020, 15:03
Review submitted by Lawrence McCormick
15th May 2016, 16:58
Review submitted by train man

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  • Darts : Yes last updated 27 January 2011 by hondo .
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 27 January 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 January 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 January 2011 by hondo .
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