A TOWN SHAPED BY HISTORY
INSPIRED BY THE FUTURE

History surrounds you as you walk the streets of Colchester. From its Roman walls and Norman castle, to its fine Georgian townhouses and the iconic ‘Jumbo’ water tower, the town is unique in being home to buildings of almost every period over the last 2,000 years. But it’s no tourist trap – it’s a beautiful, vibrant town with a strong identity built on its past, combined with aspirations for a bright future. And living in the Dutch Quarter, you’ll soon experience both at first hand.

Contemporary apartment living in Colchester’s most desirable residential quarter

The Dutch Quarter’s name is no branding gimmick. It’s the beautifully preserved area where Flemish migrants settled in the 15th century after escaping religious persecution in Holland and Flanders. More than 500 had arrived by 1575, and because many of them were highly skilled weavers Colchester soon became famous for the quality of their cloth, known as bays and says.

Many original, timber framed houses survive to this day, lending this historic conservation area a quirky charm and making it the most desirable residential location in central Colchester, popular with city-based professionals and longstanding residents alike.

a VIBRANT arts scene, wild days out and MUCH more.

Enthusiasm, creativity and a strong sense of community make Colchester such a rewarding place to live. There’s a thriving arts and music scene, with first-class venues ranging from the artistic hub Firstsite and the popular Mercury theatre, right through to the quirky creative community centred around The Waiting Room and the brilliant gigs staged at The Bull.

When it’s time to chill or explore, you can experience the renowned Colchester Zoo, the outstanding countryside of the nearby Dedham Vale and the beaches of Mersea, home to the world-famous oysters. You’ll soon see that creativity and contentment are always close at hand when you live in the Dutch Quarter.

Colchester Zoo
Castle Park
Firstsite
Mersea Island
Mercury Theatre
Dedham

The Directory

Food glorious food – in the Dutch Quarter you’re perfectly placed to enjoy the best of Colchester’s thriving foodie scene.

CHURCH STREET TAVERN

Church Street Tavern offers a ground floor bar, lounge and first floor dining room serving brasserie style freshly prepared, wholesome food.

churchstreettavern.co.uk

MEMOIRS

Vaulted ceilings and ornate artwork dominate Memoirs, home to modern dishes and superb cocktails influenced by international flavours and ingredients.

www.memoirscolchester.co.uk

BILLS

Situated where the High Street meets the Dutch Quarter and offering great food, a lively atmosphere and plenty to look at makes Bill’s a great venue to enjoy with friends.

www.bills-website.co.uk

IL PADRINO

Il Padrino – The Godfather – is a family run Italian restaurant offering simple dishes, brilliantly cooked. The pasta is home made and authentic, bursting with flavour and texture and – quite simply – is a hidden gem. Look out for the cool mural of Marlon Brando.

www.ilpadrinocolchester.co.uk

THE NOODLE BAR

Friendly and contemporary, but serving delicious, fresh and flavoursome dishes made from local ingredients, the Noodle Bar is the perfect place for a quick lunch when you’re short of time, or an imaginative evening meal when you’re not.

www.northhillnoodlebar.co.uk

MIDDLETONS

A new addition to the Colchester food scene, Middletons is a quality Steakhouse and Grill that offers so much more – from Crayfish cocktails and Falafel burgers right through to some of the most tender, juiciest steaks in town.

www.middletons-shg.co.uk