top chelmsford restaurants

Blue Strawberry Bistrot

The Blue Strawberry Bistrot, is perfect for those who wish for a relaxed & memorable dining experience at a pace to suit.
This highly successful restaurant has built its enviable reputation over the last 20 years, concentrating on quality food & service whilst still representing exceptional value for money.
The restaurant appears an understated rendered timber building from the front, but pull into the car park & all changes, the rear of the building has a beautifully kept heated covered patio area, complete with planted pots & bubbling water feature.
The restaurant entrance opens into a grand Victorian style conservatory which houses the reception & bar with its leather sofa & chairs.
Inside the restaurant itself the overwhelming impression is of stepping back in time, old etchings & prints on the walls, antique books & ornaments, beams, open fires & subdued lighting.

The menu is both contemporary and traditional and shows a genuine level of care and consideration the chicken breast is free range and served with fresh asparagus, Hollandaise sauce & buttered new potatoes while the lamb is marked on the menu as being “served pink” just as it should be.

My favourite is the trio of British meats: slow cooked pork belly, confit Gressingham duck leg & lamb cutlet (served pink), Savoy cabbage, red wine sauce & Fondant potato. Absolutely stunning and a generous nod to British produce at its finest.

Blue Stawberry Bistro Chelmsford

The Cuckoo

When you want to eat out, you couldn’t do better than visit The Cuckoo. You’ll find menus that tempt the tastebuds and an ambience that is stylish, welcoming and relaxed.

You’ll get a truly gastronomic experience with a sophisticated menu. Chef Brendon chooses the best produce available from the fishmonger, the butcher and the greengrocer. If there’s something really good available, that will appear on the menu at lunch and dinner.
Although there is a seasonal menu with standard dishes, you’ll find the special options an adventure in taste, texture and temptation every time you visit. The Cuckoo is designed in a rustic style – and seats 35 comfortably, so it’s not a huge and heaving environment, but a relaxed, welcoming and stylish Gastro pub, with a small bar featuring a wood burning stove.

The Cuckoo combines great British cooking with international accents so that Brendon’s salmon fishcake with homemade tartare sauce and served with chips or potatoes as well as the crispy duck confit, Savoy cabbage, mash potato & red wine & shallot jus both sit comfortably side by side with the North African spiced monkfish, warm chick pea, tomato & red onion salad and tzatziki with grilled flat bread.

The Cuckoo Chelmsford

The New London Restaurant and Lounge

This award winning restaurant is a relaxed yet sophisticated dining venue. For the New London Restaurant and Lounge food is a passion and they only source the finest, freshest and most sustainable ingredients from local suppliers and provenance is key to the restaurants continued success.

The New London has a reputation for seasonally inspired menus (which change every 8 weeks) with a unique approach to homemade food which makes the New London restaurant a special place to visit.

The venue prides itself with quite few awards including the Restaurant of the Year (Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards 2016), the Best Newcomer and the Head Chef of the Year (Essex Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015).
Current menu offerings include: pan seared bream, crushed purple potatoes, butternut veloute, tarragon and aubergine pickle; pheasant, haggis bonbon, confit potato, turnip, carrot, swede, stout porter jus and the New London also offers an allergies menu which is fantastic for those who have to carefully navigate regular menus to ensure they order safely.

The New Restaurant Chelmsford

Vita Bella Italian Restaurant

If you’re looking for authentic Italian cooking then Vita Bella is a great place to start. Established in 2012, Vita Bella Italian Restaurant offers traditional Italian dishes, freshly made in their kitchen with crisp, local produce.
The Vitello Milanese (breaded tenderised veal escalope served with spaghetti Bolognese) is a delight and the Linguini Al Aragosta – (Linguini with fresh lobster cooked in white wine, garlic & touch of tomato) is simply to die for. After treating your palate you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Vita Bellas superb range of desserts. Sample the Torta de la Nonna which is a traditional Italian dessert, shortcrust pastry filled with crème pâtissiére, covered with almonds, pine nuts and icing sugar after all nonna knows best. Make sure you try the homemade Tiramisu as well as the fantastic range of wines for a truly memorable Mediterranean experience.

Vita Bella Chelmsford

Live Dosa

Live Dosa is a family run Indian restaurant specializing in Keralan cuisine and is known for its authenticity and helpful staff who will always point you in the right direction no matter your budget of palate. Do not expect your average curry here as Keralan cooking is different to the cuisines found in other parts of India.

You’re incredibly spoiled for choice at Live Dosa so it comes as no surprise a lot of customers end up asking for recommendations. The menu includes the chefs suggested dishes which include the taster plate, a Keralan take on tapas, with which you get a selection of fish, chicken, lamb and two vegetarian dishes with rice, pickle, bread and raita. Clearly with the name you can expect a range of Dosa’s as well as curries to try but if you are looking for something familiar don’t worry the Live Dosa have well know Biryani’s and Tikka’s available too.

Live Dosa Chelmsford

Pig and Whistle

Situated in the countryside in Chelmsford, Pig & Whistle resides in a 16th century public house. Having been given a refurbishment it now offers a cosy dining experience that’s relaxing and cosy.

Serving lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, along with a Sunday carvery that features a choice of meat (gammon, beef, pork or turkey) plus potatoes and vegetables, Pig & Whistle’s main menu offers a host of delicious dishes to get stuck into. The Pig and Whistle provides a seasonal menu with a spine of freshly prepared, classic British dishes, complemented by a few more exotic influences here and there. These include menu items such as the confit pork belly, bubble & squeak, roasted apple, port sauce and the equally as mouth-watering large skate wing, lemon, prawn & caper butter, salad & chips or new potatoes.

Pig & Whistle is a popular place, so it’s best to make a reservation.

Pig & Whistle Chelmsford

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall

Steph is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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One Response to Eating out in Essex

  1. Avatar Ross Willsher says:

    Great blog post Stephanie and loved seeing one of my images used as the main photo! If you ever wish to work together on a blog post do let me know. I’m an Essex-based commercial photographer (www.rosswillshercommercialphotography.co.uk) who has worked with The New London and other local premises. Have a great weekend. Ross

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