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The House by Hilly Gant, Braintree, Essex

The House by Hilly Gant

4.7
4.7
736 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01376 345615

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Sam McGee

Popular dishes

What 736 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Essex

    Best Overall

  • Essex

    Best Food

  • Essex

    Best Service

  • Essex

    Best Ambience

  • Essex

    Best Value

  • Essex

    Fit for Foodies

  • Essex

    Healthy

  • Essex

    Notable Wine List

  • Essex

    Romance

  • Essex

    Special Occasions

  • Essex

    British

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  1. RE

    RonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent service and meal needs air conditioning to make it better.
  2. B

    Beverleyj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Would highly recommend. We enjoy the ambience and high quality food and customer service.
  3. AM

    AMandaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great flavours, a lovely quality restaurant tucked away!
  4. CC

    CatherineC

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely evening! Great service and wonderful food.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been many times before to the previously named Chophouse and now Rob has made it even better at The House with a fabulous menu of delicious food (the burnt tender stem broccoli is wow ) great drinks menu and staff who are still lovely . We are lucky to have you so close to home . Thankyou for another great evening
  6. JB

    JoBarb

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved this place.. staff very friendly and helpful.. great food
  7. B

    Badger

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both service and food were excellent. Ideal for that special occasion. We’ve been before and will be going again.
  8. a

    adrian

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been before & we think it's the best place to eat in Braintree.
  9. S

    Simon

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was lovely and great service. The noise level was a little to high to start with however the staff were excellent and moved us away from the noisy party. My partner was very impressed by the friendly staff and their attention to detail. A really enjoyable experience!
  10. c

    craigj

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a joy this place is, great food from locally sourced providers! Lovely wine selection!!
  11. DY

    DeloresY

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Lovely staff. Could benefit from a choice of alcohol free beers as the one they offer is not the best. Please introduce Ghost Ship! Otherwise perfect.
  12. DC

    DebbieC

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly welcome. The service and food were great. I would happily go back.
  13. JL

    JanL

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    very disappointed, was not up to scratch, gravy had no taste
  14. T

    Tumpar

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal, good price. Modern venue. Highly recommend.
  15. z

    zoeh

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing staff working in the heat. Thank you.x
  16. SM

    SarahM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service team were awesome and loved the button to press for service!
  17. GB

    GailB

    Essex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never had a bad experience here, it’s by far our most favourite to eat and enjoy bottomless prosecco 🥂
  18. L

    Lovefood

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, staff very attentive, we went for the free flowing Prosecco brunch and our glasses were never empty !
  19. c

    claree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service staff were all really friendly and polite. Food was very good. Lovely ambience too.
  20. AB

    AmieBlackburn

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20/10, insane food 😍 all staff very friendly and helpful :)
  21. L

    Lloydyboy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous inventive food and very appealing on the eye and tasty, a real find and would definitely go back. Nicely decorated and very attentive staff.
  22. DK

    DeniseK

    Essex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always excellent service excellent food I cannot say enough for The House by Hilly Gant
  23. IS

    IanS

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite superb meal, lovely relaxing and friendly atmosphere and great to chat with Chef Sam and Harry. The salmon and bagel :) starter was delicious and the skate was huge but delicious. Topping off with the lemon posset finished off the meal perfectly Can’t recommend the house enough. Great food and great staff! Home from home
  24. LA

    LorraineA

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great relaxed atmosphere. Lovely Sunday roast, def pink and very good, pork lovely too. Good selection of vegetables. Great brownies and salted caramel tart. Lovely drinks, good selection of gins and wine.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal out with my wife after a long but amazing 3 week honey moon and celebrating being pregnant
  26. L

    Lesley

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A very pleasing and welcoming restaurant with great traditional standards and close by parking. Good menu and presentation of delightful food. Very nice decor which compliments the whole atmospheric eating experience. Not to be missed!
  27. PR

    PatsyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harry has been our server twice now. He is attentive, polite and knowledgeable. As well as the food, we will be coming back because of Harry!
  28. M

    Miles64

    Essex

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcomed back by name on arrival, friendly chat and then shown to the table. The waiter had checked from our last visit ( several weeks before) and offered us the same drinks - which felt like a nice touch. Specials on the menu were explained, without pushing us away from the main menu either. Food was magnificent, from our starters to the Chateaubriand for mains. A lovely evening of not hurried indulgence
  29. AJ

    AJEp

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We will definitely go back. it was great to be able to use the outside area given the clement weather
  30. G

    Gman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot rate this restaurant highly enough. Table for 4 for lunch on a Friday. From the moment we were greeted until we left the service was excellent. The staff were attentive but not interfering. The food was excellent, tasty and a little bit different from the normal. For instance the sausage and mash was one giant, quality sausage with deliciously smooth mash. All 4 meals were highly rated. Keep up the good work.
  31. DA

    DarrylA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food prepaird by a very talented chef will defently be back
  32. MJ

    MichelleJ

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, great service. Lovely, clean restaurant.
  33. PW

    PWarn

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints - food amazing, everything amazingĺp
  34. LG

    LornaG1234

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff attentive, food excellent a great evening as usual … quality of the food out if this world and we had a lovely history lesson about the recent name change ..we will recommend to all that will listen and we will be back very soon ..
  35. AJ

    AbiJ

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous place to eat, great service. Can not wait to revisit, excited for it to be my local
  36. SC

    SteveC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m new to the area, my first visit and I will be for sure going back everything was amazing!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day family meal. Lovely food and very accommodating staff. Thank you for attending to my daughter’s need when it counts. She relaxed after a simple move to a different table. Very grateful and will definitely be back!
  38. C

    Cath

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First visit and definitely won’t be the last :-) Such a lovely place with great service and the food was outstanding Thank you and look forward to dining there again
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Shetland mussels to start and the château-briand as the main with the panacotta to finish. Service was fast and staff were great to our children. Definitely worth the trip.
  40. TE

    TraceyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place Food was excellent Staff were amazing

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The House by Hilly Gant is rated 4.7 stars by 736 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The House by Hilly Gant

34 New Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 1ES

Additional information

  • Area

    Braintree

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sam McGee

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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