Restaurant Review: Chop Bloc

Where? American-style steak house Grays Brewery Yard, Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2. 6QR

When? We went for and an early Sunday evening dinner.

What we ate? To start, we had crab dip and panko pork belly, both tasty but the crab was the winner with its fresh crab meat cooked with chilli and coriander and served with flatbread and a crispy polenta topping. Then it was onto the house special, a steak! We went with the pichanha and rump cuts – meltingly tender meat perfectly cooked. It had to be the brownie for dessert.

Food envy? The table next to us ordered the Chop Bloc cheese burger, stacked high in a brioche bun, it looked pretty great.

What’s it like inside? It has a Manhattan loft feel, with low lighting, dark wood furniture and tan leather banquettes. The stylish cocktail bar on the top floor is great for an aperitif. It had a relaxed atmosphere for our early Sunday dinner but I can imagine it buzzing on a Friday and Saturday night.


Any gossip? We were desperately hoping to bump into one of that cast of TOWIE but alas, just us.

You’ll like it here if you like… A kind of luxe American diner with low lighting. If you love great steak with all the sides, this is the place for you.

Starters from £6, mains from £9, steaks from £18, desserts from £2