Brasserie Le Benaix

4.5
730 reviews
£26 to £40
French
This is the Sister restaurant to Le Bouchon Brasserie & Hotel, opening early July 2016. Offering a blend of French and English Cuisine The former Wheatsheaf public house located on the old A130 has been transformed, yet due to its listed status has maintained many of its original period features. Log burners in original fire places situated in the Brasserie where diners can enjoy a pre dinner drink, dine from the Brasserie menu or relax with an after dinner liqueur. The main restaurant serves both Mid-Week and A'la Carte menus. Overlooking the private gardens, you can enjoy cocktails in our Orangery bar together with the option of dining and private hire available for that special occasion, with beautiful views across the countryside.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 730 People Are Saying
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vipLane
London
88 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for my daughter’s birthday. We had a lovely time, the ambiance, food and service were exquisite. Have been before and will definitely be going, again

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Iwi3229
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful in every respect bar one; the prices for drinks are eye-watering and bottles of wine are just bad value.

Shame really, as everything else was so good. It seemed like they were trying to recover some of 2021's losses!

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StephenH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another good dine in meal at Le Benaix. It's such a shame that we will now only be able to get take away food from them for a while again. Special mention for the Asian beef brisket starter which was "melt in the mouth" as well as for the beef bourgignon which my wife had for the third time in just over a month!

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mervynf
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I will continue going to Le Benaix as long as they provide the same very positive, pleasurable experience. It would be churlish to complain about anything. Indeed I cannot give any higher recommendation other than my partner would like to book the venue for our wedding reception sometime in the not too distant future.

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MikeS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice eve,
Food very good, table excellent, would always recommend this restaurant.

JW
JaneW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was sadly dissapointing this time. Restaurant felt extrememly safe. Lacked atmosphere but that is to be expected.

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GaryK
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with discreet but effective Covid measures. There was a good atmosphere and the layout of tables means that everyone feels comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic

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PhillipE1959
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time excellent value and will return again in the near future

EK
EricK
Essex
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very nice evening for my wife and I.
Very quiet because of covid concerns but we were very impressed with the covid measures they had in place.
Well done to the restaurant for opening under difficult conditions.

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Ratty
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Booked a lunch for 2 on the first day back from second lockdown. Restaurant was very quiet as we were the only people eating!

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HAMPTON
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit here and Bearing in mind the current circumstances we found the service , food and overall value for money to be excellent

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RachelH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, highly recommend the goats cheese Bon bons and beef cheeks!

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SheilaC
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sadly only 2 tables in use lunchtime. Not the cheapest place for lunch but food is excellent, service good and social distancing measures excellent. My steak was cooked perfectly, my husband had the beef cheeks which he said were superb and our son the hake with batter to die for. Chocolate and banana crepes just finished an excellent celebration lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had started dining at Le Benaix before lockdown and immediately became a fan! They provided an impressive take away service during the lockdown itself and I’m thrilled they’ve now reopened to eat at the restaurant.
The decor and ambience are both classy and comfortable . The distance between tables and safety procedures implemented make you feel safe and relaxed.
The food and service are always excellent, I highly recommend!!
Well done Le Benaix, looking forward to another excellent meal.

PB
PaulB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely Food, Great Atmosphere. Would recommend for sure.

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PaulO
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants in this part of Essex. Staff always friendly and attentive when required. You could easily pay nearly twice as much for this level of service and food in London.

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AlanM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place, very nice staff and considering the circumstances, we had a lovely evening for our Anniversary meal. Thank You - stay safe and well!

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DebraK
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat at Le Benaix a few times a year and really enjoy our experiences there. On this occasion the restaurant was quieter than usual which was understandable given Covid restrictions. Tables were well spaced out and screens were also placed between adjacent tables. All staff wore masks and gloves when serving and the environment felt extremely safe. Our food on this occasion was probably one of the best we have had at the restaurant. We can thoroughly recommend the scallop starter and the crepe dessert, but our mains were all equally delicious. Service was excellent as always. The visit was a welcome distraction from the pandemic restrictions, we felt almost normal! Thoroughly recommend a visit!

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RachelT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service as ever, food gorgeous it's my new favourite restaurant

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GaryC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lamb was good but the flavour was lost with the oriental vegetables, my wife said the vegetables were hard.

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Shaun
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have not been here since lockdown and decided to try again
Lovely meal fantastic service social distancing very spaced out will definitely come back

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Pw27
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought Le Benaix was very well worth a visit.
Everything was really good. The food was delicious and well presented.
The staff were friendly and efficient.

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MattH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice Sunday meal, nice atmosphere and really good food

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LesleyT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we have been back since you have reopened
And it was as perfect as always.

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Elaine
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very nice place but we were sat in the orangery that has no atmosphere & it’s cold, the main dining room is much nicer. Food was ok but not great, roast potatoes were very dry & carrots were very salty

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StuartC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, brilliant service absolutely no faults whatsoever.

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Noustyn
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was incredible, service was excellent. Would highly recommend

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Nics
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well organised. Food was wonderful. Will certainly go back.

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PaulaO
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab restaurant! Great food & service. Will definitely be returning.

JS
JayS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, with perfect service and food.

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MelodyM
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at La Benaix several times and have never been disappointed. All aspects of Covid 19 recommendations were adhered to making the atmosphere comfortable and relaxed a, a very pleasant evening.

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ShelleyW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service, as always, excellent. Easy parking, which is also a bonus

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Lollie
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here before and really enjoy the food and atmosphere and we weren’t disappointed this time,

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Natalie
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant was very quiet but service was efficient and friendly, food was delicious and portion sizes were more generous than expected, so we would certainly come back.

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vipJacs100
Essex
151 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Le Benaix is great for a special occasion : good service, excellent lighting and decor, reasonable value for money. Only minor grumble is that all our steaks were tough (although tasty).

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TraceyW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Understand that the Menu is limited due to Covid, but the food on offer was to similar and all 4 of us struggled to choice a good main course.

For a French Restaurant there was little French Style food on the menu. The French onions soup which you would expect to be of good quality was very very average and in fact I've had better out of a tin.

When asked if they was chilly in the food which I have to avoid due an allergy, was horrify to find out the vegetable were cooked in a chilly oil and was luckily advice by my friend that to not to eat , as she added ordered the same vegetable dish.

An apology was made but we still had to pay for the unedible dish.
All in all not a great experience there and we would not be returning.

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StephenH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another very good meal at Le Benaix. Last time we went it was the first night after Covid reopening which was also good but this time it felt a bit more like it used to. A bit more relaxed although Covid precautions were certainly in place. It was busy with diners so we can't be the only ones that like it!

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TerryC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The chips were missing from a meal and so our friend had to wait and we could not finish at the same time. This was a large let down hence the lower score for food

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JayS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service and delicious food. Look forward to our next visit.

FAQs

Brasserie Le Benaix offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01245 987888.

Brasserie Le Benaix is rated 4.5 stars by 730 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.