With a rich heritage, beautiful green spaces, first-class sporting, leisure and arts facilities, shopping, dining and a vibrant nightlife, there is something for everyone in Chelmsford.
When it comes to retail, the centre of the city is a shopper’s paradise. The Meadows Shopping Centre boasts nearly 40 high street stores as well as coffee shops and an Odeon cinema. John Lewis will be opening its doors in 2016 adding to the choice of department stores in the city, including Debenhams, whilst Chelmsford’s selection of independent stores adds to the variety available to shoppers.
Chelmsford’s other leisure facilities include the Civic Theatre, which has a varied programme of drama, comedy, children’s shows and film screenings throughout the year.
When it comes to indulgence, Chelmsford has a restaurant to suit every palate and budget. Essex-born celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has his own Italian Trattoria on the High Street, whilst other city centre eateries include well-known chains like Café Rouge and Zizzi, while Thai, seafood, Chinese and Indian restaurants are also close at hand.
Easily accessible from Beaulieu is The Lion Inn at Boreham, a restaurant which features in the Michelin Guide along with its sister eatery The Blue Strawberry at Hatfield Peveral.
In addition, Beaulieu Square is set to benefit from a café/restaurant plus a supermarket, selection of shopping outlets, a new health centre plus day nursery.