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Acanteen

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Bar, Pizza, Bakeries, Brasserie
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35 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0ND, England
+44 1245 205889
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Today
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 143
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely lunch at a new and improved favourite

The new acanteen is just as yummy as the old acanteen but in a lively and stylish new environment. It's great to see a local business develop without losing any of the quality or service. I've yet to go for a visit in the evening or try out the cocktails but it's definitely on my to do list!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Kate L
via mobile
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

The new acanteen is just as yummy as the old acanteen but in a lively and stylish new environment. It's great to see a local business develop without losing any of the quality or service. I've yet to go for a visit in the evening or try out the cocktails but it's definitely on my to do list!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Full by 10.30am on a Saturday morning can never be a bad thing. Myself and my husband visited acanteen for brunch on Saturday morning. Upon arrival it was clear that it was peak breakfast rush however despite this we were greeted with what was no less than top service and quality food. Fresh juices and coffee were amazing as always... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Acanteen is a great place if you fancy a substantial snack, There is a variety of sandwiches with adventurous filling, delicious cakes and wonderful salad boxes. The salads change regularly and are produced in house.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Good service, good food excellent range of beers coupled with a buzzy, vibrant lively ambience Win-Win!!!

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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I'm really surprised by the number of bad reviews for Acanteen. I think the new, bigger venue is awesome: Spacious, trendy decor, different zones for takeaway, eating, drinking, and shopping. Perhaps people don't like change, but the previous venue was no longer big enough for the number of customers visiting. As someone who recently moved to the area from London,... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went for breakfast on Saturday, was very busy as usual, only waited a few minutes for a table though. There still seems to be some teething problems since they've moved. Hot drinks coming separate to cold drinks (and some cold drinks coming after others weirdly...) this may have been down to the waiter on this particular occasion though as he... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I loved this place when it was only open in the daytime, so I thought I'd see if it was as good in the evenings. Definitely wasn't disappointed. Half price cocktails between 5-7pm is definitely a winning idea (especially as they're pretty expensive outside of this time!) The lamb burger was huge and really flavoursome. My friend definitely had food... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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210 reviews 210 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

first time using this cafe opposite M&S, Ceiling is a bit low for my height but once sat down it wasn't an issue. service generally very good and efficient although one or two servers seemed lost with simple requests like 'can we have some hot water' which arrive in a cup and saucer not a pot! Noise was a bit... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Have visited a few times since relocation and both times disappointed. New venue felt very claustrophobic. Tables could se together and so busy could barely hear my friend talk. Slow food, even slower drinks order (which was wronf), staff not overly welcoming. I was a former regular but wont be hurrying back!

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brentwood
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Very spacious and light, promising looking menu but service was awful, staff uncooperative and some very odd rules like not being able to buy a sandwich in one area to eat in the other! When asked if we could have a similar sandwich made to the ones sold in the smaller eating area, we were told no. My friend asked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1245 205889

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 78
  • Cuisine: Bar, Pizza, Bakeries, Brasserie
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?