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The Victoria Inn

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold ExtraExceptional1
Wibblers - Head Brewer's Premium Edition #12 Dengie SourExcellent1
Colchester - Yorkshire BlondeExcellent1
Colchester - PontisbrightExcellent1
Harwich Town - Bay BitterGood1
Harwich Town - Bay BlondeGood1
Bishop Nick - SPAGood1
Hellhound - Twisted SisterGood1
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - CavedwellerAcceptable1
Crouch Vale - BlackAcceptable1
Colchester - AmbassadorAcceptable2
Great Heck - Yakima IPANot Tried0
Shortts Farm - SkiffleNot Tried0
Rudgate - York Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Bishop Nick - Dark MildNot Tried0
Wentworth - Bumble BeerNot Tried0
Wentworth - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Wentworth - Imperial AleNot Tried0
Rudgate - Battle AxeNot Tried0
Acorn - GorlovkaNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - CitraNot Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Majic MildNot Tried0
Pin-Up - Milk StoutNot Tried0
Grain - Lignum VitaeNot Tried0
Grain - 3.1.6.Not Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Chaddock StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Farmer's Ales (Maldon Brewing) - Puck's FollyNot Tried0
Colchester - London Porter (Old King Coel)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Victoria Inn, Colchester, Essex
Picture 2. The Victoria Inn, Colchester, Essex

Visits Details

09 Dec 2017 (Andrew)
Eclectic. Pub 2. Modern stain glass windows. Ska on thr jukebox. Brian would like this place.
Colchester - Ambassador3.60AcceptableWell served. Reedy slightly overly sweet malt. Brown bitter.
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Colchester - London Porter (Old King Coel)5.00Not Tried
Shortts Farm - Skiffle4.00Not Tried
Colchester - Yorkshire Blonde4.00Not Tried
25 Nov 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and it is warm and busy in here.
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold Extra5.20ExceptionalMarvellous. One of my favourite beers but with some extra welly.
Colchester - Ambassador3.60AcceptableAn unchallenging Brown Ale.
Grain - Tried
Colchester - Yorkshire Blonde4.00Not Tried
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Chaddock Stout5.00Not Tried
14 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Last call of the day after a very satisfying day’s walking in Essex.
Colchester - Yorkshire Blonde4.00ExcellentA very pale gold colour. Crisp. A bit of lime juice. Lovely.
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Majic Mild3.20Not Tried
Pin-Up - Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Colchester - Pontisbright4.20Not Tried
Grain - Lignum Vitae6.50Not Tried
05 Aug 2014 (HSB)
12:15 Second stop. Better range of beer than on my last visit.
Wibblers - Head Brewer's Premium Edition #12 Dengie Sour5.70ExcellentDescribed as Lambic fruity sour. Lots of sourness and malt richness. Not really a Lambic.
Rudgate - Battle Axe4.20Not Tried
Acorn - Gorlovka6.00Not Tried
Farmer's Ales (Maldon Brewing) - Puck's Folly4.20Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Citra3.90Not Tried
15 Jul 2014 (HSB)
12:15 Came here as it is the current Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year. Very busy both in and in the extensive courtyard garden. Quite surprising for a Tuesday lunchtime. Really liked the pub but was disappointed by the beers on offer.
Harwich Town - Bay Bitter3.60Good
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Cavedweller5.80AcceptableFar too sweet. I struggled to get through it.
Wentworth - Bumble Beer4.30Not Tried
Wentworth - Oyster Stout4.80Not Tried
Wentworth - Imperial Ale3.80Not Tried
24 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit and a good crowd in. This pub is recently named as Colchester CAMRA Pub of the Year.
Colchester - Pontisbright4.20ExcellentA dark red-brown beer with US hop flavours on a solid malt background.
Hellhound - Twisted Sister3.50GoodGolden. Described as a ‘Champagne Beer’. Bitter, a bit yeasty, citrusy.
Farmer's Ales (Maldon Brewing) - Puck's Folly4.20Not Tried
Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout5.00Not Tried
Bishop Nick - Dark Mild3.70Not Tried
06 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I have walked past this pub dozens of times over the years without going in, but today it proved a nice place to re-group with my friends after a very disappointing football match at Colchester United.
Harwich Town - Bay Blonde3.60GoodGolden and very bitter.
Bishop Nick - SPA4.80GoodSo far as I know, Bishop Nick beers continue to be brewed at Felstar Brewery. This was a pleasant, brown, best bitter with toffee undertones.
Crouch Vale - Black6.00AcceptableI didn’t much care for this. Black in colour, it has a strong alcohol taste but is oddly lacking in body. It is possible that this sample was suffering from being close to barrel-end.
Farmer's Ales (Maldon Brewing) - Puck's Folly4.20Not Tried
Great Heck - Yakima IPA7.40Not Tried

About The Victoria Inn

The pub sign. The Victoria Inn, Colchester, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Colchester, Essex, CO1 1RB.

This pub was established in around 1860 and was originally tied to the Colchester Brewing Company, before that brewery fell to Ind Coope in the 1930s. It is an attractive, seventeenth century building that was saved from demolition in the redevelopments of the 1970s. The pub struggled for trade for a long time, but was revitalised under new landlords in 2012, with much more of a focus on real ale and cider. There is a central bar, with a variety of seating opportunities all around, and a rear courtyard. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year for 2013. CAMRA Essex Pub of the Year 2014.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CO1 1RB