PUBS have a history taking them all the way back to Roman times when they were used by travellers to get refreshments. 

Colchester has many pubs to choose from. 

We asked readers where they think is the best pub in Colchester and why, here’s what you said.

The Live and Let Live

Where: 12 Millers Lane, Colchester

This pub in Stanway received lots of comments from readers saying it’s their favourite pub.

One reader, Diane Baxter said: “The Live and Let Live friendly staff good atmosphere and lovely food and drink.”

Another reader, Becca Terroni said: “Food is amazing and they do events all throughout the year including beer festivals, garden parties, pie and mash nights, afternoon tea etc.

The Purple Dog

Where: 42 Eld Lane, Colchester

The Purple Dog also received multiple mentions from readers in the comments.

Gazette reader Marc Humphreys said: “The overall high quality is the main draw to it for me.”

Another reader, Sharon Jane Peach said: “The purple dog, feel comfortable in there, amazing roast dinners and outside area.”

The Artilleryman

Where: 54-56 Artillery Street, Colchester 

Lots of Gazette readers agreed with comments about the Artilleryman.

Sue Moore commented: “The Artilleryman home cooked food, great service, friendly and brilliant atmosphere.”

Queen Street Brewhouse

Where: 7 Queen Street, Colchester

Reader Sharon Jane Peach commented: “The Brewhouse, great beers and music and great landlord.”

The Magnet

Where: 134 North Station Road, Colchester 

Reader Lucy Tweed said: “Shout out for The Magnet on North Station Road. Great bar staff ready with a warm welcome and dog friendly