Rob Ely

Rob Ely

Restaurant Owner

Rob created The Chophouse Braintree in 2015 with a desire to create a restaurant focused on celebrating British produce and supporting local business. Rob is incredibly passionate about his little restaurant and cares about the food his kitchen serves with the ethics and the quality always being prioritised. Beyond the food, Rob is focused on creating a cool, quirky, relaxed restaurant, which is consistent and memorable, in the right way of course!


Richard Cutting
Head Chef
Richard joined the restaurant in 2016 and has been an instrumental part in the restaurant’s success. Richard has cooked all around the world and has an accomplished CV. Richard is a classically trained chef, who is deeply knowledgeable, who loves food and cooks from the heart.


We are a quaint restaurant situated unassumingly on New Street, adjacent to Hilly Gant (a small passageway linking New Street & St Michaels Lane).

We have been serving the people of Braintree and beyond since 2015 and in that time have humbly become ‘one of Essex’s best restaurants.’

We have received recognition from the AA, having been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary Excellence for four consecutive years.

We do not claim to be anything more than a good independent restaurant, committed to sourcing quality produce and always looking to support our local economy.

Our food is of course one of our main focuses, but we don’t just stop there. The 18th Century grade ll listed building provides us with a wonderful space and an interesting setting for you to come and dine. Attentive, relaxed and friendly service is as important as the food and our objective is to make your visit an enjoyably memorable one. Our exceptional wine supplier, Peter Watts Wines (based up the road in Coggeshall) allows us to offer you delicious wines of an exceptional quality. Then add some cocktails, jazz, personality, creativity, a few hidden quirks and we like to think this all culminates to create a truly wonderful experience.

Life is about memories; we want to be part of your best ones.

About Us


Our Philosophy

At The Chophouse Braintree, we want high-quality, seasonal food to be accessible to everyone. Though we dare to be different and create new experiences with our menu, we understand the importance of classic British food. Whether it’s sausage and mash, or something a little more exotic, The Chophouse is dedicated to providing an unforgettable meal you won’t quickly forget.

All of our dishes are created in-house, allowing us to cater to the dietary requirements of each and every diner. Impeccably cooked and seasoned, we pull out all the stops to create a classic dining experience for every visitor. We aim to break down the barriers that often exist between chef and customer, and our chefs pride themselves on doing whatever they can to ensure your needs are being met.

We value seasonality and adapt our menu every 6 – 8 weeks. This reflects our passion for locally produced ingredients and helps us to continually challenge our chefs and excite our diners. 100% of our meat is sourced within a 30-mile radius, and we regularly visit our suppliers to ensure both quality and ethics are maintained. In short, we care about what we serve, and where it has come from. We believe this reflects in the quality and seasonality of our menus.

Crucially, we believe that great food deserves outstanding wine. Our exclusive wine list includes unusual grape varieties and blends from small, dedicated producers. This perfectly complements our house list, which alone has over 50 bottles to choose from. Exceptional food and extraordinary wine; the perfect combination.

Our History

A Chophouse is more than just a restaurant or pub; it’s a British Institution dating back to the late 17th century.

Chophouses were exclusive places where businessmen conducted their affairs, with hearty platefuls of food, usually grilled, washed down with fine wines or well-kept local beers.

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.

We believe in delivering great food, exceptional wines, and warm, attentive customer service. Our building, with all she has seen and experienced, is the perfect setting in which this can be achieved. By creating a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere in which to dine, our aim is to combine traditional chophouse values with contemporary, flavoursome foods, to create more than just a meal.

Our Aspiration

We are a small independent restaurant with a strong desire to serve the people of Braintree and beyond well..
We have been awarded an AA Rosette for ’culinary excellence’ for the past three years. we have been finalists for two categories at the ‘Essex Food and Drinks Awards’. This year we are focused on becoming ‘Essex restaurant of the year’, receiving two AA Rosettes & gaining recognition from Michelin.

Our Ethics

We are a strong believer in supporting local business, which is why around 80% of everything we serve is sourced from farms, producers or suppliers based within just 30 miles from where you stand. We are proud to say that by supporting us, you are in turn support local business and good people!

Our Food

We make pretty much everything from scratch. Our head chef, Richard, is amongst the most talented chefs working in Essex at the moment. Richards CV is incredibly impressive and as a chef could comfortably work in any top restaurant in the country, but instead he chooses to work here and cook for you.

Richard and his team cook from the heart. Focus is not on complex, intricate or even scientific food, but is instead on rich, tasty food, full of flavour.


 The moment you step through our door,
we want you to feel part of something special.

We want you to experience and embrace what we are.
We want you to be surprised at the riches this little unassuming restaurant,
situated next to a busy Tesco car park in Braintree can bring you.

Life is about memories; we want to be part of your best ones.

We have been awarded


“Our restaurant has been voted by ‘OpenTable diners’ as one of the best. We were selected by feedback from diners who booked and dined with us via our online booking App.”

Now One of the Best
Named Restaurants in Britain by:

The Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
We have been awarded a certificate of excellence from AA

Essex Food & Drink Award
Finalist for ‘Customer Service’
& ‘Chef of the Year’

A certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor,
which we have now won for the past 3 consecutive years

Staff Wanted

At the Chophouse Braintree we are continually looking for good staff, both Front of House and Kitchen.
If you feel you have what it takes to join an ambitious, highly motivated team, please complete the contact form below;

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