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The Hole in the Wall, Colchester - pub details

Hole in the Wall

Address: Balkerne Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3AA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 19430) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Colchester Town (0.5 miles), Colchester (0.8 miles), Hythe (1.5 miles)

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Avoid if you like ale and professional customer service. A friend I were served two very poor pints of Bombadier and these were returned to the bar, explaining that something was most definately off about them. We then entered a debate, which included the 'looks alright' comment which doesn't mean a thing, and then one of the two pints was replaced. Not accceptable when other establishments are doing so well on the basis of serving quality product with excellent customer service.
Nashorn80 - 29 Dec 2015 19:27
I've been in a few times in recent years and certainly find the current staff very friendly. It is right by Colchester Arts Centre and when events have a closed bar for spoken word acts including comedy the nearness is a life saver. Trivia fans may be interested to know that Blur's Damon Albarn used to be a regular here and was later joined by Graham Coxon. Recently The Levellers popped in for a post-gig session.
AliBurns - 20 May 2015 18:30
Rather enjoyed my fleeting visit to this atmospheric pub built into the remnants of Colchester's Roman wall. Rambling interior, good selection of beers and friendly locals. Was invited to a game of pool; shame I couldn't take up the offer as I would have loved to while away a couple of hours here.
mozzzzzz - 19 Nov 2013 18:25
Good ales yes - but what makes this pub a winner is the fact that it's not simply a crusty old boozer for CAMRA devotees. It is a young person's pub - but not for spiky haired, Superdry clad mainstreamers - no, this is a msuic pub with a lovely black pool table and sections of the old town wall thrusting their way through the plasterwork. The ales complete a happy picture.
BoehmBawerk - 10 Feb 2013 11:48
This is a rather late review prompted by receipt of the 2012 CAMRA guide which incredibly includes this pub for the second year running. I visited in June prior to going to see Modern English at the Arts Centre Ė big mistake, not the gig ME were wonderful. Maybe Iím getting on, maybe we were just unlucky, but there must be better pubs than this to put in the guide. A couple of the hand pump clips were turned round, never a good sign and the pint we had was distinctly poor but just about drinkable. Exactly the sort of pint to put off any young person from ever trying real ale again, (this is predominantly a young personís pub) not that Iím young of course, but if CAMRA want to attract young people to real ale then this pub is a fertile recruiting ground for the fizzy yellow chemical product, I canít understand what Colchester CAMRA were thinking of putting this pub in the guide. To complete the picture the bar staff were all very young and wouldnít know an off pint from a glass of Bovril, both our pints were of course served short as in nearly every pub, and the empty interior was explained by a DJ sitting hunched over a deck pounding out thrash metal at stadium gig levels. If you are a CAMRA member on a tour of the Colchester pubs avoid this place like the plague. 3/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 15 Sep 2011 09:37

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