(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 Cheryl R from Shenfield
    2 August 2019

    Perfect service and delicious food

  • By Kirsty H from Chelmsford
    11 July 2019

    Staff were friendly and approachable. Would definitely come back again!

  • By Vicki L from CHELMSFORD
    7 June 2019

    Food was great, the atmosphere was lovely, we were on a table for two and even though it was busy felt like it was just me and my boyfriend. Such a cost little restaurant, will definitely be back

  • By Emma B from Chelmsford
    28 April 2019

    This was a first-time visit for us, we have recently moved into the area and asked for a recommendation for a good brunch place - everyone recommended ACanteen. I am so glad they did, the food was brilliant as was the atmosphere. I was very glad to find out they have a number of events on as I will be definitely coming back!

  • By Tom C from Chelmsford
    20 April 2019

    Fabulous food, nice atmosphere and good service.

  • By Sidonia B from Chelmsford
    18 February 2019

    Acanteen is always welcoming and the staff are always friendly and ready to make all requests available. Good breakfast pancakes and relaxed atmosphere. We had a lovely time and we will always go back :-)

  • By Steven T from Chelmsford
    5 January 2019

    Good food, good atmosphere, friendly service and great value

  • By Sarah B from Chelmsford
    24 November 2018

    Girlie dinner - staff were very friendly and helpful. No rush to go to our table. Food was very good - no long wait. Would definitely return

  • By Emily T from Chelmsford
    3 November 2018

    We went for a birthday celebration on a Saturday night. It was pretty quiet but still service was extremely slow as our server wandered around aimlessly when our orders hadn’t even been taken. We asked him three times for a jug of water before I went to the bar to get one myself. Nevertheless the food was really good – great pizzas especially. Strangely I have much better service here when it’s busy in the daytime, but we always eat well at acanteen.

  • By Rebecca C from Chelmsford
    21 September 2018

    Relaxed comfortable atmosphere. Great live music and friendly staff!

Restaurant Location Map
35 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0ND

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  • Afternoon Tea £14.95. Bottomless Afternoon Tea £35

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