The Wooden Fender

The Wooden Fender

01206 230466

Colchester Road, Ardleigh, Colchester
Essex CO7 7PA



A warm welcome awaits you at the intriguingly named Wooden Fender, a delightful country pub and restaurant located in the village of Ardleigh close to the historic town of Colchester. The comfortably furnished bar and restaurant retain traditional features such as beamed ceilings and log fires which create a homely and cosy atmosphere throughout. Outside there is an attractive beer garden with children’s play area, the perfect spot to relax with a drink in the warmer months.

The restaurant serves seasonal, homemade food using only the best quality produce which is sourced locally whenever possible. Talented head chefs and their team offer a wide range of classic favourites and contemporary À la Carte dishes with a twist, from tasty breakfasts through to light bites and lunches, a daily specials board and speciality evening meals. The menus also cater for those with dietary requirements including vegetarian and gluten free. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to answer any questions regarding food preparation and ingredients. A separate gluten free menu is available and offers a fantastic choice of options including Appetisers (olives, toasted ciabatta bread basket), Starters (e.g. Soup of the Day, Chicken Liver Paté, Prawn and Salmon dishes), seasonal Salads, succulent Steaks & Grills (served with rustic chips, plum tomato, garlic sautéed mushrooms and choice of sauce), extra Side Orders and irresistible Desserts. Among delicious GF Main courses are Roquefort Chicken, Sea Bass Fillets and Battered Fish & Chips. In addition the well-stocked bar offers an excellent choice of beers, wines and spirits to accompany your enjoyable dining experience at The Wooden Fender.

” A charming country pub with lovely beer garden and friendly staff. Great selection of delicious home cooked food with an amazing gluten free menu!” …Gluten Free Dining

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Location Map

Opening Hours

We’re Open

Monday – Tuesday: 11am – 3pm and 5:30pm – 11pm

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 3pm and 5:30pm – 11pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Sundays: 12noon – 9pm

Food Service Times

Monday – Thursday: 12noon – 2:30pm and 5:30pm – 9pm

Friday – Saturday: 12noon to 9:30pm

Sundays: 12noon – 7.30pm



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