Blending a century of history with a unique take on modern dining, Colchester’s newest restaurant The Cells opens on Monday 10th August. The new eatery, located underneath the old magistrates’ court in West Stockwell Street, is the only restaurant in the country to be set underground in former cells.

Each of the six cells has been given its own theme to ensure diners have an unforgettable experience.

The Cells is the brainchild of restaurateur couple Stephanie and Gabriel Pacheco, who also run Memoirs and The Counsel coffee lounge in West Stockwell Street. They want to offer Colchester something completely different, with diners given the choice between medieval, haunted, Victorian, graffiti, padded and mortuary themed rooms.

Diners will also be able to find out more about the history of the cells, which were in use as part of Colchester’s magistrates’ court for more than 100 years. The magistrates’ service moved to a new purpose-built block at St Botolph’s Circus in 2012, with the listed building lying empty since then.

The restaurant will open from 12pm to 9pm from Monday to Saturday, while guests can also enjoy a drink in the bar from 12pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday and from 12pm to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.

For bookings, call 01206 562400 or visit

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