Braintree Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Braintree

November 23, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Discover the best restaurant in Braintree, United Kingdom (UK) including Oysters, The Blue Egg, Booking Hall Cafe, The Dolphin, The Vine, Horse and Groom, China Dynasty, The Chophouse Braintree, 47 The Street, The Glass House Tea Room
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1. Oysters

22 Coggeshall Road, Braintree CM7 9BY, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Fast Food, British, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1376 551035
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Oysters

Reviewed By Ped1963 - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Great tasting fish and chips . Takeaway or restaurant available. Staff always friendly and polite. Highly recommend.

2. The Blue Egg

Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, Braintree CM7 4PY, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1371 811801
Excellent
38%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 238 reviews

The Blue Egg

Reviewed By twotoneUK - UK

Suggested by my son’s work colleague, we couldn’t have been more pleased. Tasty, filling food in a relaxing, cafe-style environment, at value for money prices. The menu had something for everyone, with also a good selection of vegetarian (maybe even vegan) dishes. The cakes looked delicious. If you’re a cyclist, it’s a popular destination at the weekend with some cycling memorabilia adorning the walls. Well worth a visit.

3. Booking Hall Cafe

Station House Road, Rayne CM77 6RX, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$126 +44 1376 320859
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Booking Hall Cafe

In 2009 Robert and Sarah Branch gave up their comfortable lives to begin their dream of owning their own cafe, and after many sleepness nights, blood, sweat and tears The Booking Hall Cafe was born! Situated next to the Flitch Way, the cafe now boasts an enviable reputation across the county for good food and a friendly smile. Over the years the family run business has grown to become the centre of Rayne's Community, now run by soon to be married Grace Branch and Joshua Meehan, what started as a simple cafe has become a centre for hiking, cycling and rambling clubs, a charity fundraiser, host to the famous Rayne music festival, home to Quirky Carrot Catering and a delight for any passer by or foodie thats been tempted by one of our famous Gourmet Sandwiches. So sit back, order a tea, a slice of cake or a door stop Sandwich and watch the world go by... And of course Welcome to The Booking Hall Cafe.

Reviewed By KevinandMaddison - Corringham, United Kingdom

Myself and 7 year old daughter visited the Booking Hall Cafe a lot during the 6 weeks holiday. Putting our bikes in the back of the car, parking in the the cafe car park for free and then cycling the Flitch Way to Felstead and back.
The combination of the cafe's history, location good food and service make this a draw for cycling clubs and walkers using the Flitch Way.
The food is excellent and I highly recommend the ham and 2 cheese melt panini, coffee and walnut cake and a coffee!!!
My daughter loves the strawberry split smoothie and the promise of it keeps her going for the last mile!!!
The cafe owner and staff are friendly, the food is excellent and sitting eating lunch on a former railway station platform in the the sun after cycling makes for a lovely day out.

4. The Dolphin

Coggeshall Road | Stisted, Braintree CM77 8EU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1376 321143
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 455 reviews

The Dolphin

Reviewed By Chris S - Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom

We’ve been to the Dolphin before but we learned recently it’s been taken over by new owners. So tonight we decided to give it a go. I went for the burger which I have to say was absolutely fantastic. It was juicy and full of flavour and you could tell they were home made. My partner had the lasagne which we always find isn’t that great when we have it out, but she thoroughly enjoyed it. I went for the strawberry cheesecake for desert and my partner had the warm chocolate browny and ice cream of which were both excellent . It was busy but they did manage to find us a table. Staff were very welcoming and attentive, we would definitely come back and would definitely recommend it to friends.

5. The Vine

Vine Street | Braintree, Great Bardfield, Braintree CM7 4SR, England Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards British, Pub, Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$78 - HK$220 +44 1371 811822
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

The Vine

Wine and food lovers are in for a special treat as an international connoisseur and her husband have just opened one of the first 'eno-gastro' pubs in Britain, just a stone's throw from London. On the last Saturday of each month we have a 8 course Taster Menu for just £35 per person. Sunday roast special £9.85. ....and lots more happening at the Vine, please call for more details.

Reviewed By nestledown1 - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

We went on a Groupon Voucher. Very good value for money.
Starters included Scallops, Prawn Cocktail, Duck Wings, Goats Cheese,Bread Board with dips and Livers. They were all excellent and very well presented.
Main Courses, men had Steak and Ale pie which they all enjoyed served with lots of veg.
Ladies had Chicken and Lamb Shank. Again presentation was very good.
Service was with a smile.
To finish off Belgium Waffles with Strawberries and cream and Christmas Pudding went down well.

6. Horse and Groom

Cornish Hall End | Nr Finchingfield, Braintree CM7 4HF, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$110 - HK$188 +44 1799 586306
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Horse and Groom

The Horse & Groom is a Freehouse Public house with a 50 cover Restaurant and 30 Cover Bar Area. It is set in the quiet North Essex Village of Cornish Hall End, Our nearest town is Haverhill Suffolk approx 9 miles from us, neighbouring villages are Stambourne, Finchingfield, Great Sampford & Steeple Bumpstead. We serve freshly made home cooked food. Quality produce at reasonable prices. We pride ourselves on a friendly welcoming atmosphere. In the winter months, we have a Cosy open fire roaring as well as two Wood Burners, in the Spring Summer our large beer garden can be enjoyed and often we will have our summer BBQ's. we have ample parking and the Village playing fields can be accessed through our carpark. Sundays are regular Carvery Lunches this is a very popular time so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. We are open all day (except Mondays) our food servery times are Tuesday - Saturday 12-2.15pm & 6pm-9pm & Sundays 12-2pm & 5pm-8pm.

Reviewed By David T - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Came to visit a old work mate who lives here and we all went for Sunday lunch at this lovely old pub. Well i have to say this was the best Sunday lunch we have ever had. What a lovely carvery. Food cooked to perfection....MoreThanks for your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon. We are still here for the foreseeable so please pop back and say hi. Kind regards Kelly

7. China Dynasty

13-15 Coggeshall Road, Braintree CM7 9DB, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +44 1376 528833
Excellent
71%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

China Dynasty

Opening hours may be subject to change without prior notice.

Reviewed By valtojos - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Arrived 1800 , opening time, to be told there was only one table left, which we swiftly snapped up. Good job we did, the restaurant very quickly filled up, and, when we left , there were folk queuing up outside. I would definitely recommend booking. The Dynasty is popular, and with jolly good reason. From the extremely warm greeting, the service, the food the place itself, we found all to be faultless. We decided on the buffet and what a good choice that was. Not a queue up and bun fight buffet but a serve at your table one. the menu covered everything expected of a Chinese. The servers were very attentive throughout the meal. The food itself was wonderful, the beef, melt in your mouth.
A wonderful dinning experience, and one which we shall be repeating very soon.
Thanks very much to everyone who made our visit so good.

8. The Chophouse Braintree

34 New Street, Braintree CM7 1ES, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$110 - HK$330 +44 1376 345615
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 417 reviews

The Chophouse Braintree

A chophouse is more than just a restaurant or a pub; it’s a British institution dating back to the origins of modern commercial trading in the late 17th century. Chophouses were exclusive places where businessmen conducted their affairs over hearty platefuls of food, usually grilled, and washed down with fine wines or well-kept local beers. The traditional nature of the food served was zealously maintained until the later 19th century, when influence from overseas introduced new and different styles of cooking. The Chophouse Braintree is keen to re-ignite the traditional chophouse philosophy; here you can enjoy fine food, exceptional wines, a relaxed atmosphere and - if you've chosen well ! - great company.

Reviewed By SunnyMummy68 - Essex

Dined with friends for dinner. A little gem. The food is lovely - had the coronation crab and hake. Dessert was delicious too. Very good service despite being busy.Good value for money. Will be back and would thoroughly recommend.

9. 47 The Street

47 The Street | Braintree, Braintree CM77 6RU, England Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1376 327359
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

47 The Street

Reviewed By Lost_in_Braintree - Essex

When considering where to eat in the Braintree area there's not a lot of choice unless you travel further afield so it's good to be able to recommend 47 The Street as a beacon of culinary quality in a barren landscape. Satisfyingly busy on a Saturday night we were given a friendly welcome and well looked after throughout the evening. Service is efficient without being too over-attentive. Just right. The food isn't bad either with an extensive and varied choice. We enjoyed our evening and will certainly return.

10. The Glass House Tea Room

118 High Street, Braintree CM7 1JZ, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$118 +44 7519 319647
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 93 reviews

The Glass House Tea Room

A warm friendly welcome is waiting for you in our relaxing Vintage inspired Tea Room. Serving Afternoon Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes and Freshly made Sandwiches. Traditional AFTERNOON TEA, Freshly Made Sandwiches, Delicious homemade Cakes and Cream Teas served all day. The Glass House is also available for private hire up to 30 people buffet style or 26 seated. Especially suited for special occasions such as Afternoon Tea Parties, Birthdays, Children's Tea Parties, Engagement Celebrations, Baby Showers, Sympathy Gatherings, Retirement Parties, or Anniversary Celebrations. Located near to the Fountain in Braintree, we reside in Hannays Old Book Shop. Nearest parking is St George's Yard.

Reviewed By RaineeBarker - Canterbury, United Kingdom

We had a wonderful tea yesterday afternoon for my daughter's 21st birthday. We had plenty of tea in pots and a wonderful selection of sandwiches, scones with jam & clotted cream and then cheesecake, brownies and strawberry compote. it is such a querky place full...MoreSo glad you had a good time. Thank you for such a lovely review

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