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Restaurants in Chelmsford: things to know before you go

If you’re visiting Chelmsford – or live near the city and just want to discover new restaurants – we’ve rustled up answers to your culinary questions.

What are the best restaurants in Chelmsford?

Chelmsford is teeming with excellent restaurants, and as you explore the city you’ll no doubt find many that appeal. Foodies will love the varied culinary scene here. The city has a mix of fine-dining establishments, family-friendly eateries and chilled-out cafés, so there’s lots of choice. The Riverside Inn is one of the highest-rated restaurants by Groupon customers, with its home-cooked British delights providing a hearty meal that always hits the spot. Take a look on this page to explore more of the best restaurants in Chelmsford.

Which are the best Italian restaurants in Chelmsford?

Italian restaurants are seriously popular, and with most offering a wide range of dishes – not just pizza and pasta, but steaks, salads and seafood as well – it’s easy to see why. If you’re already drooling, the good news is that there is no shortage of Italian restaurants in Chelmsford. Here’s a peek at two of the best:

  • Amavi is a sophisticated Italian restaurant with a twist. Traditional dishes such as risotto, calamari and pizza combine with mains like pork belly and mash, and chicken breast with gorgonzola sauce.
  • Pizza Express is ideal for lunch, with a vast range of freshly-made pizzas and Italian classics such as lasagne and pollo Milanese – flattened and breaded chicken breast.

Where can I find British food in Chelmsford?

If it’s more classic, British-style food and cuisine you want, you’ll find plenty of restaurants in Chelmsford to cater for your cravings.

  • The Riverside Inn. Sizzling steaks and chunky chips take centre stage here, where you’ll also find favourites such as sausage and mash, and fish and chips.
  • The William B. This hot spot serves top-class pub-style food in a relaxed and informal setting. An extensive menu typically includes slow-cooked lamb shank, pork, rack of ribs and sea bass.
  • The Bay Horse is set in a Grade II listed building and has a gastro-pub edge to its menu – though it’s famed for its sumptuous Sunday roasts.

Where are the best new restaurants in Chelmsford?

Chelmsford is one of the newest cities in the UK and it’s growing fast. As such, there are lots of new restaurants in Chelmsford cropping up as its food scene blossoms. In fact, this is a city getting a reputation as the culinary capital of Essex.

Some of the new places that have opened recently in the city include national chains such as Wagamamas, on Bond Street, Chelmsford, and the exciting Brazilian steakhouse, Preto. Preto is one of several restaurants based in Chelmsford town centre, located in the Meadows Shopping Centre.

So, you definitely won’t go hungry in this city, with many of the best restaurants in Chelmsford easy to find and catering for all tastes. If you want to read more about Chelmsford’s buzzing restaurant scene, you’ll find Olio, the Pig & Whistle, Vita Bella and the Cuckoo all included in this list of 20 incredible restaurants from Essex Life.