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Places to eat in Chelmsford

No visit to Chelmsford, the county city of Essex, is complete without indulging in a variety of gastronomical delights that the city has to offer.

For a city that’s barely an hour’s drive away from London, Chelmsford can surprise even the most jaded of travellers and explorers with its charming delights such as quaint museums, beautiful church buildings and historic castle ruins. However, the city also has a number of delightful places where one can satisfy one’s taste buds with a variety of options ranging from quaint Gastro pubs to charming Cafes and even fine dining.

Cafés you might like to try

Chelmsford offers a variety of charming cafes serving freshly roasted coffee and delectable baked goodies. Head to BB’s Coffee and Muffins for that perfect cuppa brewed with lots of love. Try a few of their over 120 types of muffins to satiate your sweet tooth. BB’s is located at The Meadows Shopping Center. The Australia-originated chain offers an evolving menu serving classics as well as improvisations.

For those seeking a bit of history and tradition, the Bygones of Writtle is a delightful tea shop located in a 17th century building. One can enjoy tea and light lunch in a walled garden overlooking the green countryside. The place is a curio shopper’s delight, selling antiques, frames and beautiful gifting items. The tea room can be booked for private functions and parties.

Hutton’s Courtyard Cafe is a pet-friendly and wheelchair-accessible, family-run eatery at Hylands Estate. The property houses a grade II heritage structure with a sprawling park and Georgian stables. They serve a scrumptious breakfast including sausage, bacon, porridge, a variety of toasts and the quintessential English teacakes.

Recommended Restaurants in Chelmsford

Chelmsford offers a variety of restaurants for every palette. Baroosh at Moulsham Street offers small and large plates of nibbles from traditional English brunches, sandwiches and tea, burgers and dessert. Their signature classics include Flat Iron Steaks and Cod and Chips. They also have an eclectic and even quirky cocktail and mocktail menu and craft beers from around the world.

Back Inn Time, one of Chelmsford’s oldest theme restaurants, offers a wide range of classic American favourites. Their carefully curetted menu includes fillet steaks, fajitas, New York strips and a selection of hamburgers and desserts such as the New York Cheesecake.

For sea food lovers, the Loch Fyne Sea Food and Grill on Bond Street is not to be missed. One of Chelmsford’s famous restaurant chains, the place is renowned for their fresh and seasonal delights. Their specialties include Loch Fyne Oysters and Smoked Salmon, paired with an extensive and comprehensive wine list to please everyone.

For those seeking Oriental cuisine in Chelmsford, there’s the Imperial 1st Chinese Buffet and the Lanthong Thai Restaurant on the Baddow road. Of course, no restaurant list would be complete without Italian and one can head to Jamie’s Italian Trattoria on High Street to enjoy wood-fired pizzas and freshly made pasta.

Bars and Pubs you might consider too

Chelmsford offers the tippler with a variety of options such as Bar 41, located near the town center, Beehive on Barrack Lane, Bird in Hand on Writtle Street and Fox and Raven on Barnes Mill Road – a place with a rustic old-world charm. For the serious party lover, there’s Evoke which features an ice bar and lounge.

Indeed, Chelmsford offers something for everyone with its great variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs.
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