Welcome to "A Proper Pub"
2016 Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year
2015 Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year
2015 Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year
2014 CAMRA East Anglian Pub of the Year
2014 Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year
2014 Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year
2013 Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year
Dating from the 17th Century, this Grade-II-listed inn is thought to have been converted to public-house use in the 1800s.
Landlady and landlord Sheena and Andrew, who hail from Yorkshire, reopened the Victoria Inn in December 2010 and have cultivated a traditional friendly pub atmosphere, so although you will not find either Sky TV or pool tables, you will encounter cheerful welcoming staff and friendly chatty locals.
A recent article, by Martin Newell, in the East Anglian Daily Times said
"In this day and age it was rather a novel idea, get a pub and then try to reinvent it – as a pub. Regular clientele, sensible music and so on. No thunderous disco, no plastic menus on the table, no cheap deals on electric blue vodka-based drinks and no men on the door sporting bomber jackets and earpieces. Situated well down North Station Road, The Victoria isn’t, strictly speaking, a town centre pub, although it’s on a bus route and only five minutes from North Station. “When you go in there, ” Terry, one of their regulars told me, “there’s a sign just opposite the fireplace – it reads `Be nice or leave’- which says it all for me.”
Quality Fine Ales and Real Cider!
Since Andrew and Sheena have run the pub, it has developed an enviable reputation for the quality of its fine ales. Being a free house, real ales are sourced from all across the country, although local beers are by no means neglected. In the last 12 months, over 100 different ales have been served. The summer beer festival was well attended with a selection of 30 ales all CAMRA or SIBA award winners. Click on the beer festival tab for information on this years event. A selection of Real ciders from local and countrywide producers are always available from the dedicated “Cider Bar”. Early 2013 saw our first Cider festival featuring 21 ciders. Seeking to serve all manner of customers, the pub contains a wide variety of seating areas – a comfortable sofa area, a traditional low-table area that doubles as a performance space and which has a real fire in winter, a more contemporary high-table high-seat area, the convivial bar itself, a sheltered courtyard festooned in summer with hanging baskets a haven for sun worshippers (and smokers!) and a covered converted stable block with comfortable conservatory style seating.
So, pop down any night of the week, & see what’s happening in YOUR local… (even if you do live at the other side of town!)
The Victoria Inn……"A proper pub!"