Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Chelmsford

4.4
556 reviews
£25 and under
British
Bill’s Chelmsford restaurant sits in the heart of town and provides a welcome escape from shopping at the local Bond Street Shopping Centre. Drop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. From cosy booths to sharing tables, there’s something for everyone.
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Mark
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and friendly staff. Good choice of food and varied menu catering for all allergies.
Will definitely return.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Booked for Sunday breakfast. It was busy, I expect a slight delay for food. We waited for an hour. Once it arrived everything was cold. We told the server who said “yes this happens every Sunday. We get too busy at once and we can’t handle the numbers. We will take some coffees off the bill.”

So then don’t allow so many people in if you can’t cater properly. Taking peoples money knowing you’re going to let them down is a terrible business practice and we won’t be returning.

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Joyce
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice, child friendly environment with excellent staff.

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victorp
Essex
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Thanks

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Disappointed that the Fish Pie was not available. Poor planning?
The alternatives we selected were very enjoyable, though my wife would not have chosen the Tuna starter had she know it was raw.
Alex was very helpful, efficient and friendly.

JW
JohnW
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Sunday brunch, the service was excellent!

JG
JimG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent breakfast even after I sought changes! Tricky to find for a non-local

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JohnC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had 2 waiters and they were both lovely and really helpful.

JW
JaneW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Only 2 vegetarian main courses on the new reduced menu bugger or mac cheese. Was offered the option of changing a chicken salad to a broccoli salad WTF?

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Previously food has been great, unfortunately some parts of the food was either undercooked, toast was burnt.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Limited mains menu, ingredients seem good quality but not executed very well. Cocktail we had was nothing more than bland. Service was good but price too high for quality of food and drink.

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DarrenC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good but quite small portion sizes.
Service was poor, waitress was polite but needs some more training as seemed like she wasn’t trained.

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SNAC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first visit at the Chelmsford branch and we absolutely loved it! Staff were amazing and friendly, we definitely go back!

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Paula2
Essex
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I thought the menu was a little limited especially for gluten-free. I paid the service charge but think 12.5% is steep for lunch and only 3 people.
The food was cooked well and tasty

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AntoinetteE
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lunch experience at Bill’s was wonderful. The staff were so polite and attentive and the food was delicious. For a bank holiday Monday, the restaurant was buzzing and although we had to queue outside for a while before being seated, the service was brilliant. I will definitely be returning in the near future.

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lou9
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We ordered bills brunch Tobit the fried potato’s were missing and you don’t get much meat. When seated we was asked if we would like water for the table (thinking it would be free tap water) but then charged us £4 for a bottle. Overall quite disappointed

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Glen
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, would highly recommend to anyone

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JulieE
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely bank holiday breakfast would recommend this.

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Raymo
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very disappointed been before and all was ok food not special and was expensive

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NicolaM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

It was my first time at Bill’s so I was looking forward to it. Very nice atmosphere. Was disappointed that we could only pick from all day menu but still found something nice to eat. Our waiter was very perfunctory but was a bit wooden, maybe he was new? Asked him to recommend me a cocktail, and he said he couldn’t as he didn’t drink. He was quick to clear our table but we got the impression he wanted us to hurry up, so we thought he may have had somewhere else to go. The food was very nice and arrived fairly quickly. We all had the strawberry doughnuts for dessert and they were delicious.

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DerekF
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall it was good. However, having booked on line and having to confirm on line the day before it was a little annoying to be questioned on arrival as to wether I had booked and was I sure I'd booked the right restaurant and had I booked it under a different name. Another thing the wine isn't good value when they only have a 175ml glass which is the same price as a large glass elsewhere!
Food was good though and service attentive. Not sure we'll be back in a hurry though as there is better near by.

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LuciaO
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The front of house staff member was very friendly and took me straight to my table, he told me the names of my servers and offered me water straight away. My waiter was also very polite & friendly...we had a little chat too.

And next - the food. I had a vegetarian 'Garden' breakfast, which was a departure from the norm for me since I usually go for a full English. However, I have to say that the breakfast was so unbelievable tasty and filling that I attempted to re-create it twice myself within the next 4 days!

The only element letting the experience down was the Golden Latte which was a little too bitty and seemed to be more froth than drink.

I'd happily go back again and recommend the restaurant to those in the area.

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MoiraG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable evening. Friendly staff. Nice food. Would return.

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DebbieC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely attentive staff and great food. Food was served quickly.

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vipMorgans
Cambridge
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent as always

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TomA
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always! Bills never disappoints

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JenniN
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent. Food excellent and quick to come out. Waiters very friendly and attentive. Was a lovely chilled evening catching up with a friend.

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SamanthaK
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food :0 cant wait to go back

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AndyW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Always been a fan of Bills as a brand but the past two visits have led to disappointment.
The food was delayed by an hour (bearing in mind this was just a fry up, two poached eggs and some pancakes) then it came out in dribs and drabs which led to us all eating at different times.... to be fair they did apologise without prompting and gave us a couple of free drinks - but still poor..

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EmmaC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service, really great place to visit , thanks !!

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NeyaG
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food excellent as always. My mum was very grateful to find a vegan dessert on the menu as she can’t tolerate cream. Waitress was friendly and efficient. Ambience was good. Couldn’t really fault the food and service.

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ClaireT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another fantastic meal. Special thanks to Alice for looking after us so well, nothing was too much trouble!

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VeeB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Breakfast at Bill’s wasn’t as nice as I remembered unfortunately. Looks nice but stale bread and less appetising pancakes than before.

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Martha
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Staff were nice and it was lovely and clean. However food took a while and it was cold.

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AlexandraA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Firstly, Becca, cracking waitress! I am fussy and particular and she took my quirks in her stride with a smile. THANK YOU. She is an asset.

Having said that, praise where it is due, ALL of the staff were lovely.

Now then, the menu. What happened? The choice was quite limited. The drinks menu was bigger than the food menu!

My 8oz steak was relatively small, compared to the 8oz description.

The chilli chicken skewers were nice but SPICY!! (For me)

OVERALL the food was mediocre. We won’t be racing back. We used to enjoy this place. Corona has changed it. Hopefully it will become just as nice, once again.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and very nice staff there very helpful and will be going back

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SharonG
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wide enough choice on the menu to suit an 81 year old and a 25 year old and in-between.

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Lovefood
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, food lovely and great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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AlexW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disappointed they no longer accept blue light card however food and service was really good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing scenery inside and great service. Thank you the staff!

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Chelmsford is rated 4.4 stars by 556 OpenTable diners.

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