coming down by train to chelmsford station want a bistro or reataurant walking distance if possible
Hi there :)
The station is actually a five minute walk from the town where you will find a variety of restaurants and coffee shops such as Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express etc. If you're looking for something a bit different then there are some lovely bistro like restaurants along Baddow Road.
Hope that is of some help!
In addition to the High Street options already mentioned, it's also possible to go in the opposite direction from High Street, so to go right on Duke instead of left. If so, you'll find a non-chain restaurant such as Verde, which is a friendly Italian option: http://www.verdepasta.co.uk/location.html
In addition, further up Duke and then right on Broomfield is Latern House for Chinese, or the Ship Pub which does pub food.
Or as an alternative, instead of turning right, carry on a little further on Duke for Zeera, for Indian. They do a nice lunch special for 7.95.
Any of the above options will be under 10 minutes by foot from the station.