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The Company Shed

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129 Coast Road, Colchester CO5 8PA, England
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went today just two tables with customers. One clear table and the rest covered with left over food. We were told if we wanted to eat there we must put our name on the waiting list with over an hours wait. Not sure where everyone else was waiting. The smell of fish was very unpleasant and overpowering. We decided to... More 

Thank Jenny T
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had the steamed muscles for lunch and they were very good. The decor is very basic but it's as fresh as you could hope for the and staff are lovely. Bring your own bread if you want it. There's a bakers up the road. They'll give you a knife and cutting board. Excellent quality.

Thank Michael T
Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informal, but atmospheric. Slight wait for table but worth it. Most shellfish types, plus crab, roe and fish cakes. Friendly service, and food freshly cooked. Take your own bread and drink of your choice. Go there.

Thank pjk49
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yearly trip from the Midlands - fantastic seafood experiences.Simple formula of super fresh seafood , relaxed dining, and friendly staff. Mussels were the freshest we've ever tasted.. We love it 🍤🍤

Thank Carl H
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been several times now and just love the whole fresh seafood experience with simple menu, wooden tables and kitchen rolls. You can't book, so if you're going at the weekend, get there early. We arrived at 11.45am and told we had a 1-hour wait! Crab was exquisite.... sourced from south coast..... but the oysters are the star attraction. Choice of... More 

Thank Phil H
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This boho restaurant shack has some of the best seafood I have tasted anywhere in the world. This time round, the crab cakes were sublime, the scallops uber fresh and very tasty and the tiger prawns excellent. We then had a seafood platter for two to share as part of the overall lunch for four of us. An excellent meal... More 

Thank Davidm1961
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first glance The Company Shed isn't an obvious fine dining experience - an industrial-looking cabin sitting on the beach by a boatyard. The menu is fairly limited, too: mostly cold dishes with just salad as an accompaniment (but you can bring your own bread). But what a menu! Fresh seafood, beautifully prepared and presented - great ingredients, cooked simply... More 

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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited West Mersea with the sole purpose to eat at the Company Shed. We went in winter mid week and got a table straight away. (In summer and weekends I have been told it is busy and you could wait a while for a table) Be prepared for no frills basic restaurant and service but don't let that put you... More 

Thank Sharon H
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a family we have visited the Company Shed many times over the years. On this occasion I went with my wife and both of us experienced torrential diarrhoea 3-4 hours after our meal. I had a half-dozen oysters, and I accept that the occasional gastrointestinal upset is the price you pay for being an oyster-eater, but my wife does... More 

Thank jfletcher
Colchester, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best ever seafood, may have to wait a while for a table in warm weather as popular, but worth the wait, we often sit outside and wait and have a drink while waiting or book a time and visit the local pub...Take along own bread and a bottle wine, and any sauces prefer, set it on table and anything you... More 

Thank tina c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 Coast Road, Colchester CO5 8PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?