Brambles - Braintree
9-15 George Yard, Rayne Road, Braintree, CM7 2QA
Brambles restaurants are something of a hidden treasure, located within the Quadrant department stores in Chelmsford and Braintree. We were greeted on our visit to the Chelmsford Brambles by manager and chef, Samir Besic. He and his family have been running this Brambles for seven years and the Braintree establishment for 16 years. Samir prides himself on the quality of his ingredients, which are locally sourced where possible. Brambles' menu has been developed to cater to their diners' tastes - and they really do know their customers, as many visit every week. Dishes range from fish and chips to liver and bacon, panini to jacket potatoes - and there's always a thoughtful veggie option. Whether you're after a leisurely coffee and a slice of cake, a quick sandwich or a hearty meal, you won't be disappointed here.
For lunch, I opted for the hunter's chicken while my companion plumped for lasagne. Portions were delightfully generous, so put your diet on hold for the afternoon - this is a place to indulge. For dessert my companion tucked into a strawberry tart while I savoured a delicious date and walnut scone.
Brambles boasts a friendly atmosphere, customers are greeted by name and the team clearly enjoy their work. Their hard work was recognised at the 2015 Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards, when the venue won in the Best Customer Services category.