we want to be part of your best ones


We want to be part of your best ones


Restaurant Owner

Rob created the restaurant in 2015 with a desire to focus 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!


Head Chef

Sam McGee leads the kitchen as Head Chef. With a true passion for quality food and meticulous cookery, he planted the roots that grew to award us two AA rosettes for culinary excellence. 



Chef De Partie

Grace joined the restaurant in 2020 as a Commis Chef. Grace showed immediate promise with her willingness to learn and attention to detail. Grace was then promoted to CDP, and has become a key figure in the kitchen and instrumental in supporting us achieve our second rosette.



Chef De Partie

Riio joined us in 2023, and is a dedicated and passionate CDP who is keen to learn, and always keeps a calm and level head. A breath of fresh air for the kitchen, he is disciplined, humble and most importantly, just a really lovely guy!


Restaurant Manager

Harry is one of our longest-serving members of staff, having been with us since 2019. In this time he has worked his way up the ranks to Restaurant Manager, and is committed to providing exceptional customer service, and ensuring the needs of both guests and staff are always met.


Assistant Manager

Sam joined the team in 2022, and works closely with Harry in her role as Assistant Manager. With an extensive background in hospitality and a keen eye for detail, she’s sharp, witty and the perfect support for Harry.

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 five consecutive years and then in 2023 received their second rosette, putting the restaurant amongst the top 10 restaurants in Essex.

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.

34 New Street, Braintree, CM7 1ES

01376 345615

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At The House by Hilly Gant 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 get in touch.


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