Tucked away in the attractive arcade at Minster Court, this lively Balls Brothers outlet recently underwent a facelift. It now offers a space with wall-sized graphics, buttoned-leather seating and a smattering of ornate mirrors. The handsome wine list and 62-strong cocktail menu are a statement of intent for receptions, while private dining is a popular option owing to a seafood-friendly menu. Colchester oysters with chilli jam are great to pass around before sitting down in the intimate Cuvée Louise Pommery room. Downstairs, a triplet of wine-themed spaces have moveable walls and can be hired together.