Chelmsford City Council

Food at the market

If you’re looking for freshly cooked, great value food, there is plenty of choice in the indoor market. 

You can grab a quick bite to take away, or sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch. 


Anne's Pantry

Anne's Pantry logo

Anne’s Pantry is a casual café serving the ‘best of British’. Their home-cooked food includes favourites such as pie and mash, homemade bread pudding, cakes, lamb hot pot, fish and chips with mushy peas and much more. 

They also offer a heated seating area as well as vegan options. 

You can also visit Anne’s Pantry on Facebook.  

Location: Library end of the market, opposite the bag stall.  

Opening times: 8.30am to 3.30pm


Bann Noodle

Shop front

Authentic Asian street food offering a fantastic menu such as dim sum, chow mein, roasted duck with honey and bean sauce, noodle soups and crispy noodles.

In addition, bubble tea is a refreshing fruit or milk tea in a variety of flavours, shaken like a cocktail with bubbles in the bottom that burst with flavour in your mouth and gets that iconic name ‘bubble tea’.

It also has a large seating area.

Location: Park end of the market, next to the butchers.  

Opening times: 8.30am to 4pm


Curry in a Hurry

Naan breads with lemon wedges

If curry gets you fired up, Curry in a Hurry is a must. Owned by Darren, a head chef with over 25 years’ experience, the stall serves authentic British-Indian cuisine. They offer four different dishes each day, including complementary poppadums and dips to try.

All their produce is sourced from other traders in the market, so it’s fresh daily. All meat is halal and the menu caters for vegetarians and vegans.

You can also dine in their large seating area situated opposite.

Location: Park end of the market, near the pet stall.  


Lek’s Thai Food

Person serving food from large silver pans

Lek’s Thai Food serves up fragrant, authentic Thai food and is one of the longest standing businesses in the market.

You can enjoy your food sitting in their external seating area, or take away.

You an also visit the Leks Thai Food website, or find Leks Thai Food on Instagram.

Location: Park end of the market, next to the butchers.


Pastascuitta

Indoor seating area with wooden trellis

The family-run restaurant Pastascuitta has been a finalist in the English Italian Awards for three years in a row, and is highly rated on Trip Advisor.

They serve freshly prepared coffee, traditional homemade pastries and authentic Italian cakes. You can sit and enjoy coffee and a cake in a dedicated indoor seating area, so you can experience a little piece of Italy. However, you can't eat-in for pasta dishes any more.

You can buy delicious and authentic pasta dishes that are made on the premises to take away, or buy Italian produce to use at home or visit Pastascuitta on Facebook.

Location: Park end of the market, next to the cheese stall.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm


Swales

Swales kiosk in Chelmsford Market

This friendly, family-run burger bar was established in 1963. They offer freshly cooked food to go, including traditional hot dogs, burgers, chips, freshly cooked donuts and crepes, as well as traditional candy floss.

Location: Central red walkway, leading to bus terminus and car park payment machines.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm

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Last updated: 10 May 2021

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