(46 Reviews)
35 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0ND
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Afternoon Tea £14.95. Bottomless Afternoon Tea £35

Afternoon Tea must be booked & paid for at least 48 hours in advance. Payment must be made on booking. Once you have received your email from Easy Pre-orders please follow the link to pay & specify what Afternoon Tea you would like.


Main course: £12
Food spend: £22

Opening hours

Monday & Tuesday: 08:00 - 15:30
Wednesday to Saturday: 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 19:00.

Restaurant description

A proudly family-run restaurant and bar, Acanteen is a relaxed spot for all-day dining that also hosts regular art and live music events. Ethically produced dishes include great gluten-free and vegan selection, while the in-house bakery juice bar is perfect for grabbing a quick bite to go.

The Acanteen menu starts off with wholesome breakfasts and brunches, ranging from freshly baked pastries, through to meat and veggie variations of full English breakfasts. For lunch there are thick bloomer sandwiches, and generous sharing plates with gourmet treats like Lambton and Jackson smoked salmon. Stone-baked pizzas come with a selection of local and international toppings, while hearty mains include the lentil, mushroom and olive burger, and beer battered haddock and chips.

A selection of handmade cakes and pastries are served for afternoon tea at Acanteen in Chelmsford, along with a range of loose leaf teas. From the bar there are British beers and ales, classic and signature cocktails, as well as colourful raw juices and smoothies.

An inviting restaurant that showcases local art and culture, Acanteen is an 8-minute walk from Chelmsford Rail Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Acanteen
(based on 46 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (12)
  • al fresco (2)
  • breakfast (26)
  • business (6)
  • child friendly (16)
  • dinner (26)
  • entertainment (10)
  • large parties (13)
  • lunch (29)
  • private dining (4)
  • romantic (2)
  • trendy (23)
  • value (11)
  • By Julia H from Chelmsford
    1 November 2019

    The serving staff were really helpful and very courteous. The food was delicious. The noise was a little too much. We hadn't expected the restaurant to be quite full of families with babies and very small children. Of course they have just as much right as us to be there, and everyone was lovely, but the noise was just a little too much for us.

  • By Aideen W from Dublin
    27 October 2019

    Comfortable, efficient service and good choice on menu

  • By Debbie S from Chelmsford
    19 October 2019

    Came here for dinner as a couple and especially the Jazz evening. Food was good, if overpriced for what you got. The restaurant got busy and unfortunately we were sat near a large table and the group was noisy, so we struggled to hear the jazz group let alone talk to each other. The group played for an hour then stopped, so we took the opportunity to leave. I dont think this is the right setting for this sort of group, There seemed to be very few jazz enthusiasts there. Overall a disappointing expensive evening and a waste of £73.

  • By Melissa L from Essex
    13 October 2019

    Lovely service and food was insane

  • By Alison R from Chelmsford
    12 October 2019

    Lovely food Staff were really great Acoustics were poor - always find it hard to hear people at the table - we seemed to be shouting to make each other heard Kids chicken (in burger) could have been sliced Service was quick & efficient

  • By G W from Chelmsford
    12 October 2019

    Lovely atmosphere on Saturday night for family dinner food was great but we were disappointed by the reduction in vegan options available. Would have been a five star rating if we had more options

  • By Jan L from Chelmsford
    1 September 2019

    Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals and the service was good.

  • By Shelley M from Chelmsford
    25 August 2019

    The food was great, service was great and I love the atmosphere.

  • By Gina R from Ashford
    24 August 2019

    Always a good vibe. Service is okay, in that you do have to wait a bit for the drinks, but not a problem and the staff are friendly. Food always lovely and are left to stay as long as you like. Great place.

  • By Lucy C from Chelmsford
    18 August 2019

    Wonderful service, great choices on the menus and the food was fantastic. Will definitely return.

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35 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0ND

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