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“Amazing Lunches/Brunches and Breakfasts” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Acanteen

Acanteen
45 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0ND, England
01245 500 311
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Ranked #26 of 274 Restaurants in Chelmsford
Price range: $6 - $11
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery
Description: Opening Hours:Monday Friday 8am-4pmSaturday 9am-5pmSunday 9.30am-4.30p We are chelmsfords best kept secret (so our customers tell us) ! Established for 11 years we are a family run, independent business. Our fantastic team of staff are truly passionate about great food and delivering excellent service. We source local free range meats and grow ingredients on our family farm to ensure that we have the freshest and tastiest ingredients possible. We offer take-away, brunch, lunch and outside catering. Visit our face book page or website for more details.
Braintree, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Amazing Lunches/Brunches and Breakfasts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I love this place! It is not necessarily the cheapest and it is always very busy and can get pretty noisy, but it is a testimony as to how great this cafe is. It is a pretty rustic place and a lot of the furnature appears to have come from a convent/church.
In terms of the types of food, on the whole the ethos appears to be wholesome food and using good standard ingredients.You have the option to be unhealthy or healthy here, but either way the ingredients will be of good standard. They have lots of veggie options - which they are pretty creative with; There are also organic and gluten free options as well.
After recently coming back to the Chelmsford for work, I popped in for lunch the other day with a couple of work colleagues and again, it was very busy and were very lucky to have found a table when we did. Despite how busy it was, it did not affect in the least the customer service (who advised of a little wait for the food and was consistently friendly) and the quality of the food. We went for brunch - salmon, scrambled egg and toast, which was about £7-£8. You may think that this is a lot of money, but the portion was generous and delicious. Afterwards, we had cake - which we chose from a huge array of mouth watering cakes/slices/cookies. The coffee and walnut cake was dense, moist and delicious.
If have just had your pay-day and want to celebrate by enjoying a cuppa or a cake, or something more substantial, give this place a try.
The only thing I will add is that I wish that it was at a larger premisis; so that there are enough tables to go around.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“The best place for breakfast and brunch in Chelmsford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

If you are looking for good wholesome food in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere, then acanteen is the place to go.

Much of the food is sourced locally, presented attractively and served by the enthusiastic staff. There's usually music playing, not local radio or chart rubbish but music chosen by the staff - one day it could be BritPop, Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Wonder - it's all part of the atmosphere.

There are also newspapers to read while you're enjoying your meal.

I've been going to acanteen since it opened and I've seldom had a meal I didn't enjoy. Once or twice there have been a couple of mistakes with orders but nothing to write home about - it's a busy eaterie and deservedly so.

acanteen sets the standard in Chelmsford for, good value, good quality rustic eating in a cool and friendly atmosphere - you won't find anything else like it this side of Camden or Islington.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Rustic delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Rustic in appearance with food to match. Good, wholesome fare at a decent price. Great canteen style atmosphere. I usually visit for lunch with friends.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good cafe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Nice place. I had a sandwich which was so so soggy bread and not much flavour. But the coffee was good. Atmosphere was good, cool decor, very load though. Great service. I would go again but avoid the sandwiches.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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wickford
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Yum but frappe price was a shocker”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Lovely breakfast , lovely quirky eatery. The service good and really efficient and friendly .

Only one complaint , I had a delicious frappe , it was priced at £3.90 which was nearly as much as the breakfast. It was huge so I would have rather had one half the size and half the price .

Don't let that put you off going there, just stick to good old p g tips tea at 1.60 a cup

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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