For a leisurely, relaxed dining experience The Folly Bistro offers a wide ranging menu using good, locally sourced produce to create popular dishes with a difference. Not that the dishes are over the top according to Head chef James Penn. He describes them as 'honest'. James takes pride in pouring 'love and precision' into all of his creations. Each one presented artistically for maximum wow factor.
"They're not just average meals. They've got twists and quirks.
"We like to do things with a difference. With the specials we have the option to go a little bit different again. They're there to be fun, just a little more off the page and to tempt people to try something new," said James.
Chef's specials are changed regularly to take account of seasonal produce.
Everything on the menu is made on the premises including breads and desserts like chef's special chocolate fondant honeycomb icecream or dark chocolate and mint mousse with brandysnap and thyme crumble. Also their popular baked Alaska, not as you might remember it but with The Folly's creative twist.
The Folly also welcomes anyone who simply wants to pop in for a drink. On the bar you will always find one of the draught beers is brewed by us in Brentwood. Supporting local businesses, they also serve a range of Hayman's Gin, distilled in Essex in nearby Witham.
Equally, anyone wanting a lighter meal is catered for too. Although, even the Folly's triple decker club sandwich of BLT, chicken and egg is served with fries (all for £7.50), making it a heartier 'light' lunch than you might imagine.
"We make everything here. We haven't got a big team or a big kitchen. We probably push ourselves that little bit further than we need to but for us, it's just what we do," added James.
Brentwood Beer & Food Match Suggestion:
A refreshing pint of Brentwood Gold 4.3% ABV paired with chef's special Slow Cooked Pork Belly, pickled red cabbage, pulled pork and potato fritters, apple puree and red wine jus at £14.95.
Food Service Times:
Monday – Friday Lunch 12 - 2.30pm (last orders)
Dinner 6 - 9.30pm (last orders)
Saturday 12 - 14.30pm / 6 - 9.30pm (last orders)
Sunday 12 -7.30pm (last orders)
A deposit of £5 per person is required for tables of 10 or more. Bookings of all party sizes are taken for lunch, dinner & Sunday.
The Folly Pub & Restaurant, The Tye, East Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8AA