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The Odd One Out, Colchester

28 Mersea Road
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Odd One Out

Interesting old pub in three parts: firstly the plainly decorated and furnished lounge as you enter, then the rustic bar with a mural at the end and another small seating area (but with a large fireplace) round the corner. With six of seven handpumps in operation, three Colchester beers were available - Number One, Metropolis and London Porter (£3.50) - plus the same number of guests from Cotleigh and a couple breweries new to me (Magpie and Parkway). Eight boxed ciders also available. Well worth the short walk from the Town station, but note the 16:30 opening on Mondays to Thursdays.

On 2nd January 2020 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Odd One Out

A traditional, brick built pub in a slightly uninspiring location on the periphery of the town centre, it was recently highlighted in a Camra publication as having a historically significant interior and so despite the outward appearance, I was keen to check it out.

Internally it’s essentially all one open-plan L-shaped room which is perhaps unusual for an old, unaltered pub, although it is divided in to different areas with two larger bars running along the front of the pub and a smaller one to the rear. What might be described as the lounge area was to the right and this had carpet on the floor, dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls and wallpaper above this which had been painted a pale yellow colour. The ceiling was a deep red colour and there were similar colour curtains at window, whilst the timberwork was a contrasting pale green colour. An old brick fireplace was to one side with a pile of logs. A glass display cabinet on the wall housed a collection of old beer bottles, jugs and so on. Overall I felt that this all felt rather tired and dated, and whilst it might be historically genuine, I have come across far more interesting and attractive pub interiors than this rather plain one. The bar to the left had old wooden boards on the floor with green vinyl bench seating around much of the perimeter, and another brick fireplace although this one contained a gas fire and beyond this was a snug with a few bookshelves on the wall. The atmosphere was very quiet, and I thought it could have done with either some background music or just more of a buzz of conversation.

Beers on tap were Bishop Nick’s Ridleys Rite, Singing Windmill Steampunk Ale, Leighton Buzzard Black Buzzard, Saffron Brewery IPA, Adnams Fat Sprat, Colchester Metropolis and Magic Rock’s Bearded Lady. As for the ciders, Aspall’s Suffolk was on tap with several more being dispensed from boxes stacked up on the end of the bar, and these included Black Rat, Broadoak and Skull’s Dark Cider among others. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this. There was certainly a good range of beers and the barmaid was friendly, but it didn’t really inspire me to return.

On 20th July 2018 - rating: 6
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Thirsty Chaz left this review about The Odd One Out

A step back in time , fantastic feeling, . plenty of ales to have bash at.Seek this one out if in the town

On 24th August 2014 - rating: 9
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Colchester Town, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Hythe (Essex), 1.34 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Colchester, 1.55 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 March 2018 by john mcgraw
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 25 January 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 January 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 March 2018 by john mcgraw
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