***COVID-19: Information***

It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.

A message from Max

I know this is heart-breaking news for everyone. I have been personally contacting exhibitors and over the coming weeks in June we will be contacting all of our shop artists to confirm what we have, arrange any outstanding payments and to organise collection.

Please be assured the Minories is still here under the Victor Batte Laye Trust and we will continue to maintain and service the building and keep it safe and secure until the next person takes over.

Yours Max

Tiptree Tea Room at The Minories

Previously known as the Batte-Lay tea room after Victor Batte-Lay, whose widow purchased The Minories in 1956, the Tiptree Tea Room at The Minories offers a wide range of home-made meals which can be enjoyed within the tranquil settings of the tea room or beautiful walled garden.


We accept limited bookings Monday – Saturday, including bank holidays and school holidays.
Please call (01206) 765131 to book.

(01206) 765131
Tiptree at The Minories
The Minories Galleries
74 High Street
Opening Hours

Our Summer and Winter opening times change at the same time as the British Summer Time (BST) and the UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Summer (BST)

Start at the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October.

Monday to Saturday:

09:30 – 17:00



Winter (GMT)

Start at the last Sunday of October and end on the last Sunday of March.

Monday to Saturday:

09:30 – 16:00



Christmas/New Year

Opening times between the 24th December to 2nd January.

Monday to Saturday:

10:00 – 15:00



Bank holidays

We are open as normal on the Bank Holiday Mondays (Summer bank holiday, Spring bank holiday, Early May bank holiday, Easter Monday) and are closed for all other Bank Holidays.