Location : Colchester Town, Essex
Cuisine : European
Cost : ££
Style : Casual
Type: Breakfast/Afternoon Tea/Lunch/Dinner
Rating : 9/10
My colleagues and I decided to go to the Green Room (located within the North Hill Hotel) for lunch one day. For those of you who don’t know Colchester very well, it is Britain’s oldest recorded town so most of the buildings, roads etc. aren’t built to accommodate Colchester’s growing population. I could go on and on about this as there’s been so many occasions where the bus I’m on gets stuck because the roads are so narrow but I won’t bore you with that. My point is, many restaurants in the area are reconverted houses (or at least they look like they are), with the Green Room being no exception; sitting at the table felt like sitting in someone’s dining room, which gave it a nice and cosy feel.
For starters, I ordered the scallops, which were seared in curry oil with cauliflower puree and sultanas. After I had my first bite, I decided that any time I see scallops on the menu, I will be ordering them. I’ve only had scallops once or twice before so the curry oil gave it a unique flavour, which paired well with the puree. However, the sultanas and greenery seemed unnecessary but I guess it added to the presentation of the plate.
For the main, I chose the scotch egg with triple cooked chips and caramelised onion. I know scotch eggs are usually starters but I’d never had one before so I had to try it. Just by looking at the golden yolk, you know it’s going to be good; I’m so glad I spent all these years avoiding the hard boiled ones that they sell in the snack section of supermarkets. The triple cooked chips were better than expected, soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, I know that’s how they should be so it’s hard to describe.
If you’re looking for a casual restaurant with high quality food, head to the Green Room on North Hill!