The Wooden Fender Pub, Ardleigh, Colchester

The Wooden Fender

The uniquely named Wooden Fender is located in the village of Ardleigh, Colchester. Located just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Britain's oldest recorded town, The Wooden Fender blends relaxed, contemporary, sensibly priced fresh food pub fine dining with a traditional, welcoming "proper" pub.

Karl, Alison and their team offer a warm welcome, a choice of superbly kept real ales and good old fashioned friendly service in a place full of character. Head Chef Dan Rout and his brigade offer both classic and contemporary dishes, using the best of seasonal and where possible, local produce (in some instances very local; Dan has his own vegetable patch in the Fender garden!) Dan also offers a complete gluten free menu. Dine either in our traditional bar or our restaurant.


We're Open

Monday - Thursday: 11am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 11pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 11am to 11pm             

Sundays: 12pm to 9pm

Food Service Times

Monday - Thursday: 12pm to 2:15pm and 5:30pm to 9pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 12pm to 9:30pm               

Sundays: 12pm to 8pm

Dining with Us

Our menus offer stylish real home-cooked meals at honest prices. Dan and his brigade excel in delivering dishes full of flavour, from classics such as Mixed Grills, Gammon Steak and our famous Steak and Kidney Puddings, through to Dan's superb signature dishes. 

Booking is not essential (we'll always try and look after you) but it is recommended; as the word spreads, we're getting busier and busier...

Dining at The Wooden Fender....