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Russells Bell Street, Chelmsford CM2 7JS, England
+44 1245 478484
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Used to be regular customers but haven't been for a while. Pros - interesting menu, good quality ingredients Cons - very expensive childrens portions, the steaks not served as requested, ingredients missing e.g. Butternut risotto did not have either the pine nuts or the Parmesan and was fairly bland. The pastrami dish needed more contrast to be interesting, like mustard.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am reticent to leave this glowing review as we don't want Russell's to get so busy that we are unable to obtain our reservations at this heavenly place! We are so fortunate to have this outstanding restaurant so close to our home. This restaurant offers, forgive the expression, mind-blowing cuisine, flawless service and other than uncomfortable seating, it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

May I just say what a lovely evening in this place last night. Lovely food, attentive waiters and a great style of service! Will definitely go back. Brilliant family run business. Will struggle to find a friendlier atmosphere in Chelmsford! Espresso martinis were amazing!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have tried most restaurants in Chelmsford but Russell's always remains our benchmark for all fine dining experiences' - after at least 50 visits - we can barely remember a bad dish, let alone a bad meal. Barry and his staff never fail to deliver!

Thank brien e
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent New Years Eve with Barry and the team and had a wonderful evening. The food was excellent and so too the service. The kitchen is one for any owner to be proud of. The extras at the tables, balloons etc just added to the evening. We had the floor to dance with our partners and had a great... More 

Thank Michaelmith
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family dinner in a great restaurant. One of the special nights that happen some Thursdays. This time for Burns Night. Six of us sampled an excellent menu of themed dishes with plenty of variety. All the food was first class and washed down with lovely wine. One of our favourite restaurants. Everyone I have taken here for business or pleasure... More 

Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE Poorservice i.e. Pour your own wine food mediocre had to send over cooked steak back didn't stay for dessert . had to ask for some to come over so we could pay the bill Marketed as a high end restaurant sorry but service and ambiance is so poor you would be better going elsewhere! Alec's in Brentwood... More 

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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We had a lovely meal. Service was excellent. Waiting staff were very patient and gave assistance to disabled members of our group. Much appreciated.

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

First visit here as could not get booked into where we wanted to go so i googled best restaurants in essex and this came up. I would put it in the list of the top best ten. Its tucked away down a small back street and i liked the entrance to this place. Inside has a nice lounge area where... More 

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We had looked up the website to check the resteraunt was still there as it had been some years since we had visited. Lovely menu, friendly service and food delicious, we will not leave it so long again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $54
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Russells Bell Street, Chelmsford CM2 7JS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1245 478484
The heart of the restaurant is a magnificent timbered barn. Originally built in 1372 it is listed as being of architectural and historical importance. As you walk in the restaurant the spectacular high ceiling and the gallery overlooking the main dining area creates a wonderful dramatic impression as you enter a world of elegance and fine food.

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