ABOUT US - 21 years strong

Acanteen is a family-run restaurant and bar, established in 2001 and headed up by myself, Emma, Mum Brenda and sister Sarah and good friends, Red, Russell and Head chef Alf.  

When working to open our first restaurant and deli around the corner on New London Road, we struggled to think of a good name for our concept. The word ‘canteen’ came naturally, conjuring up images of an informal and relaxed eatery that appealed to all ages and backgrounds. But we were still missing something more personal, so we got thinking...

Mum’s very first sandwich bar in Braintree was named ‘Alphonsus’ after her dad, James Alphonsus Mahoney. Having worked on fruit and vegetable stalls around Islington, Grandad Jim inspired mum and I to work hard, develop our entrepreneurial spirits and pursue our dreams. As we were reflecting on my grandad’s journey, Alphonsus soon got shortened to ‘A’ and, just like that, Acanteen was born!

Since we launched our little deli, every single member of staff has become part of our extended family tree. As we’ve grown into Chelmsford’s largest independent restaurant and bar, our team has become the backbone of what we do, playing a key role in the quality of service we strive to provide each and every valued customer.

We pride ourselves in bringing the best events and music to Chelmsford and look forward to another 20 years. 

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In the Kitchen

Headed up by Chef Aitken our brigade of 8 talented chefs prepare everything from scratch. Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and our monthly supper club - there is something for all tastes.