we want to be part of your best ones


served in a perfectly
quaint setting


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

The kitchen is headed up by Sam McGee (Centre), an accomplished classically trained chef, who loves food, loves what he does and most importantly loves making people happy – Sam’s style epitomises the restaurant’s ethos.

Sam is supported by Radley Gill. Radley is a dedicated and passionate chef who is relishing in his new position as Sous Chef. Radley has been at the restaurant since 2016 and in this time has worked alongside some exquisite talent. Radley takes all that he has learnt into the restaurants next chapter and is the ideal wingman for Sam.

Grace joined the restaurant in 2020 as commis chef, Grace showed immediate promise with her willingness to learn and attention to detail.

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.

34 New Street, Braintree, CM7 1ES

01376 345615

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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