The Chophouse Braintree

4.7
593 reviews
£41 and over
British
A Chophouse is more than just a restaurant or pub; it’s a British Institution dating back to the late 17th century.

This traditional style of cooking was maintained in chophouses until the late 19th century. At this point, with the world growing smaller, influences from overseas began to bring exciting new styles of cooking and cuisine to British shores. Restaurants evolved and chophouses lost their popularity…

It isn’t until the 1800’s that our story truly begins. Originally operated as a home for ‘wayward women’, and later as a haberdashery, our building first served as an eating establishment in 1982. In the years that followed, she played host to many owners, each with their own unique vision.

She became The Chophouse Braintree in 2015. By embracing the peculiarity and beauty of the building, as well as taking advantage of the exceptional local produce on offer, we have been able to take the essence of the chophouse and give it new life.

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
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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 593 People Are Saying
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Didi
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent mussels and risotto and excellent service as always.

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RuzRuz1234
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food.
Although I said I was gluten intolerant so no Yorkshire pudding and I was given one on my plate. Big error!
And the same with my pudding crème brûlée was amazing I said no biscuit and I was given one. I also asked for a small glass of red but was given a large lol charged for a small too which most wouldn’t mind… but I was driving!!! So the food was epic but the service dangerous. Allergies are serious.

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Lisas
Essex
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch as usual. Great service and I can highly recommend the cauliflower cheese....and the apple crumble

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RyanW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, service. My and fiancee was out for her birthday. She got a complimentary glass of bubbles.

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GemmaL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant experience dining at The Chophouse from start to finish. The customer service was exceptional and the food was heavenly! Although the menu was short there was plenty of options for each individual. I would certainly recommend The Chophouse for a delightful meal out in a brilliant atmosphere.

MB
MartinB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our “go to” place for special occasions. My wife & I have been going here since it opened. Superb food in a great ambience served by friendly helpful & attentive staff. It’s the benchmark for others to try and match.

KF
KathrynF
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing food, friendly service, and a lovely environment.

RM
RuthM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was worth every penny never disappointed when we eat here the greeting is warm and friendly the service is always top rate nothing was to much to make our very fidgety 3 year old the vip of the occasion they make it a pleasure to dine there without the fear of the old parental judgments.

DD
DavidD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Food and service was excellent!! Will definitely come again and will recommend.

MM
MichaelM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very happy with our visit.
It was a Saturday lunchtime and I had not realised there was a limited menu.
There were 3 of us and there was just enough of a choice for us.
If I was a Prosecco fan they offer a bottomless menu of 2 courses too on a Saturday.
Staff and food we had both very good.

SB
SarahB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good innovative menu. Well presented, good ambience.

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Kirsty
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service will recommend to all my family and friends and will be visiting again

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TonyC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Unfortunately, my partner was really looking forward to the muscles as a starter but none were available. She then ordered the rib-eye steak which was a very small size and she can't eat mushrooms, none were listed on the menu but a large mushroom was laying on top of the steak which, the waiter had written down medium to well instead of the requested medium rare... steak was ruined. I opted for the turkey which was actually very nice.

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Susanc
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas Eve lunch. Delightful on every level. Food outstanding and beautifully presented. Second time of visiting and we will return.

Happy Christmas to you all .

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DonK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal served well and presented very nicely. Great wine list - but lunch menu limited for no meat eaters.
Great atmosphere and service

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MaxG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Chateaubriand was incredible, mussels were great too! The merlot was great too :)

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BeverleyC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite as things are for restaurant,s at the moment the meal was very nice although not a big menu if you like beef there is a lot of these dishes, I would like to see a pasta dish as well on the menu,as beef is not really my choice of meat. The mussels were lovely. The staff were very nice too. Well done.

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HOWARDR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant venue, good meal ,all enjoyed and will come again

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OwenE
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A masterclass in fine dining. The flavours, presentation, portion sizes and variation all contribute to a delicious and thoroughly enjoyable experience. You have something incredibly special here. The vision matched with use of local produce is a winner. All of this provided by very talented chefs and attentive, polite and welcoming staff. Five well deserved stars.

JD
JustinD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food and service, love this restaurant, as it has mighty fine chef and service has personality

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Sventurian
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a wonderful Sunday roast.
All the food is cooked to a high standard and perfectly seasoned.
The staff are always polite and helpful along with making you feel very welcome. We were seated for 2 hours and felt very relaxed throughout our meal. There is music playing but at a pleasant volume.
Our place to go for a excellent Sunday roast

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and presentation. The staff were very attentive. Will definitely be returning.

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LeeP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, we would definitely recommend

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Annie
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All was nicely cooked. Brilliant staff. Very attentive and a lovely convenient location.

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RyanK
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had here (we’ve been several times over the years). Mussels to start and duck breast for main. Perfectly cooked and packed with rich flavour. My wife went for a goats cheese starter which was outstanding and a turkey crown with vegetables. The turkey slices were again perfectly cooked and about half an inch thick! Washed down with a bottle of Rioja which was very good. We opted for an upstairs table which we prefer. The service was friendly and attentive without ever being intrusive. Background music was a fantastic collection of old Motown and proper classic soul tunes. The volume was pitched exactly right. It was just before Christmas and the place was tastefully decorated. The Chophouse is the best restaurant in Braintree and for many miles around by a long chalk. It is the place we opt for when we want something a bit special (we got engaged here). It is not cheap but I feel it is reasonably priced for the quality of an evening there. Long may it manage to weather the current storm.

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MarkC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Chateaubriand was over cooked spoiled what was a nice meal

Will come back again and give it another go
Wouldn’t recommend it till I have tried it again

DD
DavidD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal, a few very small issues which were resolved quickly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was excellent apart from wait times . A little longer than I would of expected

KK
KateK
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food good (duck)
Steak- medium was reare
Hear in turkey roast
Customer service - non
High prices

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stanleyt
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very nice food in a Cassy restaurant service was a little slower as young staff not given more guidance but Harry will get there as always trying to please Mussels fantastic Beef Great the wife really enjoyed her Pork Shoulder !! we will be back

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Carriem
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb evening as always. This really is a delight in Braintree. Food excellent staff attentive and warm. Highly recommend.

EB
EmmaB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food as always! We go to The Chophouse every time around Christmas as our special treat and wish to continue to do so for more years to come. Service and atmosphere is always spot on too.

JM
JulieM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to The Chophouse many times and I always have a lovely afternoon or evening. The food is really good, service is excellent and the atmosphere is great. I look forward to coming back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas party at the Chophouse. The food was freshly prepared, beautifully presented and high quality. Festive ambience and friendly staff. Thank you!

PW
PWarn
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing place, amazing service, highly recommend

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rdw1984
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

All adults went for a roast either turkey, beef or pork and all said they enjoyed it. I find the roasts very tasty, the roasties weren't the best when we went in the afternoon could tell they had stood a while. Kids had burgers and enjoyed them. Coffee and drinks all good. The desert menu unfortunately was depleted but we got our 3rd choice option and it was good, perhaps small for the price. All in all I think the Chophouse is a quality restaurant where I would go again and is good value on a Sunday for a good roast dinner.

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AlisonB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for Sunday lunch with my 88 year old mother, we had a lovely time. She really enjoyed her roast beef lunch and ate far more than she usually does, I had the pork which was melt in the mouth. The vegetables were beautifully cooked and we saved room for the most delicious sticky toffee pudding. Lovely atmosphere and great service 10/10 thank you

JB
JacquelineB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place well looked after
Staff were friendly
Good food

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Mike
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fab food. Starters great. Xmas main turkey. Wonderful.
Skate, disappointing, tasteless, butter not burnt at all. Served with salad and lightly blanched string fries which I found a bit odd
Deserts. Great. Wine good
Service. Very good
The only disappointment was the Skate which should have been better. I can't remember if it came with capers forgettable
That said definitely return to the Chophouse

SP
StephP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food as always, great cocktails! friendly helpful staff.

FAQs

The Chophouse Braintree is rated 4.7 stars by 593 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.