The Fox and Raven

(52 Reviews)
Barnes Mill Road, Chelmsford, East of England, CM2 6NL
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Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 11:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00.

Restaurant description

With attractive views over the River Chelmer, but also in close proximity to the town, The Fox and Raven in Chelmsford serves traditional British pub cuisine, continuing its charming farmhouse heritage. The stately appearance of the pub matches the classic hearth and the bright outdoor seating for summer.

Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Fox and Raven menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Fox and Raven ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.

Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.

The Fox and Raven is only 6 minutes’ drive from central Chelmsford.

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

Customer reviews for The Fox and Raven
(based on 52 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (6)
  • al fresco (8)
  • business (3)
  • child friendly (12)
  • dinner (29)
  • large parties (9)
  • lunch (27)
  • luxury (2)
  • private dining (7)
  • romantic (4)
  • trendy (3)
  • value (19)
  • views (12)
  • By David B from Chelmsford
    16 November 2019

    The service was very good and our table was ready for us . The only problem was with my sirloin steak. Having read the write up I was expecting a tender steak . The result was a difficult steak to cut and almost impossible to eat.. It was a family celebration ,so I did not want to make a fuss and consequently I did not complain, particularly as the rest of the meals and service were great.

  • By John F from Chelmsford
    20 May 2018

    I arrived with my daughter at the Fox and Raven just before 6pm following our online booking, people mainly after drinks were milling around the bar, stressed bar staff and waiters were dodging about seminglngly unable to cope, reception for diners was none existent. Nobody evened to be in charge, so after waiting unattended for more than 10 minutes we managed at last to collar one of the waiters who had ( like the rest ) had previously Ignored our presence. Apologising for the lack of staff we were eventually led to a table and shortly after a different waiter appeared to take our order saying there would be a half hour wait, which was strange because we could see around us that less than half the tables in the restaurant were occupied. We both decided on the 'lamb shanks', having the foreboding by then that anything more complicated than that could result in even more misery, but we couldn't have been more wrong... first the soda water drinks were flat , and then when the lamb shank meal eventually arrived ...the meat was lukewarm and the vegetables were burnt cold and almost inedible. We picked at the food in fear of food poisoning from the innadequately heated lamb shanks , and then decided it best to pay the bill and leave. I can remember in the distant past when the Fox and Raven was a good place to go...but unfortunately not anymore !

  • By Louise N from Colchester
    8 April 2018

    Food satisfactory. Slow service. Took a long time for the bill and then was requested to leavers larger party was expected.

  • By Austen C from Colchester Essex
    11 March 2018

    The warming fire and relaxed ambiance.The attentive staff and conveiniance of disabled parking.Scolopes and black pudding,lamb shanks are egsamples of Positives. The Negatives are few but I must speak for my 86 year old mother who can't manage a full adult portion and was disappointed with the Children's menu !.She chose to build her own meal.The Garlic bread arrived as a small,warm Pita cut in three!. She was exspecting a slice of toasted garlic bread!.The Vegitable Sticks,were Raw sliced carrot,pepper and cucumber!.The chicken was a tiny slice of one breast,it was no larger than one slice of bacon with a piece of melted cheese!,this was exspected to be the main of the meal?. Wy not offer the agging population who have the most capital to spend,a menu tailord to their smaller adult apertites,instead of compromising with the children's as the only option?. The only negative I have is the choice of only two real ales,as good as those two are,you often are waiting for the other two to be delived!.

  • By Stacey T from Brentwood
    4 February 2018

    Atmosphere really nice, lovely waitress Julia very helpful. Food was good but as all food didn’t arrive at the same time some of the food was only Luke warm including the gravy. Will come again as sure that is not a regular issue.

  • By Kim F from Great Baddow
    27 January 2018

    Great to drink here, Sunday roast ate good but midweek menu mediocre

  • By Lucy D from Chelmsford
    19 November 2017

    I wasn't impressed with the food, could have been better...

  • By Mary D from Chelmsford
    12 November 2017

    Good place for meeting friends relax & pleasant atmosphere.

  • By Liz S from Chelmsford
    10 October 2017

    Great food and lovely old rustic place to eat ! Very cosy!

  • By Pauline B from chelmsford
    19 August 2017

    excellent welcome by bar staff, window table as requested, Cloe our waitress very pleasant and efficient, food fresh and hot and served with a smile, look forward to visiting again.

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The Fox and Raven
Barnes Mill Road, Chelmsford, East of England, CM2 6NL