FOOD REVIEW – The Fox and Raven, Chelmsford

After the expensive refurbishment it has recently undergone, you will have high hopes when you go to eat at the Fox and Raven. Luckily the Vintage Inns pub which has recently been given a new lease on life doesn’t disappoint. The new décor is a combination of cosy and stylish and combines decorative curiosities with clean lines with quirky pictures and very good lighting.

There is lots of space within the restaurant so you don’t have to worry about getting crammed in like a can of sardines. The place can get quite busy on Saturday night but despite all this, the waiters are excellent and will take you through the menu and let you know if there are any highlights or something new on the menu. The starters are quite interesting and one of the good options that you can choose is the calamari or the prawn and scallop. The calamari is excellent although the prawn and scallop could use a little more flavour.

There are various mains to choose from but it’s hard to wrong with the fillet or the rump steak. Both options are very well cooked and are accompanied with triple cooked chips, onion rings and salad. The portions don’t disappoint either so you’ll also be having a filling meal. If you need a drink to wash down the meal with, the Prosecco is an excellent choice and it comes in an ice bucket.

The Fox and The Raven has six different menus; Lunch, dinner, Sunday, puddings, kids and drinks. This means the experience can change quite a bit depending on what you’re going for but the quality of the food and the attention to detail of the staff is commendable. The inn has a history that goes back to the mid-1800s. The building boasts of rural charm and its rustic character makes it an excellent choice for those who are in it for more than just the food. With the surrounding areas providing the perfect backdrop, combined with the cask ales and fine wines, all you need is the seasonal food for a good day.

Overall, if you’re looking for a place to have a relaxed evening, this place will not let you down. The venue is what you’d expect from a restaurant that is independent and beautifully designed. However, there is a meal or two that may feel like it wasn’t prepared with too much love put into it.

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