Update 05.08.20
Following the Government announcement where restaurants were advised they could re-open from 4th July, we have made the difficult decision to remain closed for the time being. This decision has been taken after careful consideration of the government guidelines with the interest of safety of our colleagues and community at the heart of our decision-making process.
We will be announcing our re-opening date in the coming weeks, via our mailing list & social media. At which time we will open our reservation systems giving you the time to plan your visit.
However we are running our Le Benaix@Home takeaway service, please click here for more details.
Whilst we are eager to re-open, ultimately the safety of our staff & customers is paramount. With this in mind we believe more notice is required before we are able to confidently welcome you back to our venues.
As a team we have spent much time during lockdown innovating, creating, maintaining, improving and getting ready to welcome you back. For your future safety and pleasure, we need more time to ensure everything is in place.
We are explicitly following the Government guidelines that are under constant review and would like to reassure all our guests that we will be undertaking strict health & safety measures and precautions before, during and after your visit, whilst maintaining serenity throughout our beautiful Restaurants & Hotel.
Our sincere apologies for any disappointment/inconvenience caused by the delay in our re-opening.
Please note during this period our LB team will be away from the business and therefore emails will not be checked regularly during this time.
If you would like to join our mailing list giving you access to our reopening schedule, latest news, offers & discounts. Please subscribe via the link at the bottom right of our homepage.
Thank you for your continued support & patience. 
We miss you & look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.


Dining at Le Benaix

The main restaurant serves both Mid-Week and A la Carte menus, overlooking the private gardens. Our Bar & Brasserie area allows you to have a relaxing drink or enjoy a dish from our Bar Menu. You can enjoy our Orangery with the option of dining and private hire available for that special occasion, with beautiful views across the countryside.
Together with our food menus, we offer an exciting list of cocktails a wide range of gins with complementary tonics and botanicals and an extensive wine list. All the menus featured on our website are sample menus and may be changed without notice.



Bookings - Walk-ins

Booking in advance is advisable, however we do accept walk-in parties of up to 6 people, excluding Saturday Evenings.


Large Party Bookings

“Please note that for tables above 8 diners we require a £10 per head deposit to secure the booking”


Dress Code

Smart Casual
Tailored shorts only
NO sportswear
Appropriate footwear to be worn at all times


Hours of Operation:

Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 to 23:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Bar Menu available
Wednesday - Friday 12:00 - 14:30 17:30- 21:00

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 14:30

A' la Carte Menu available 

Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30

Sunday Lunch Menu available

12:00 - 16:30


Under 25?

If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol. If you are under 18 you are committing an offence if you attempt to buy alcohol.



Please note that children under the age of 8 are required to be seated before 6:45pm, however there are no restrictions with regards to children on a Sunday.



Brasserie - 30 covers
Main restaurant - 70 covers
Orangery - 50 covers with canopied entrance
Outside Patio/Garden Area - 75 covers.
Cosy period conference room / available for private/corporate hire.
Large car park for up to 80 vehicles.
Air-conditioned throughout
Free Wifi


All prices include VAT. For your convenience, a discretionary gratuity of 10% will be added to your bill for the benefit of serving & all other staff. All of the service charge here at Le Benaix is distributed fairly between all staff.



For information on allergens please speak to a member of our management team. Many of our dishes can be slightly altered to suit dietary requirements, however due to ingredients used in house, we cannot guarantee that a dish is completely free from any allergens.


Reservation Terms & Conditions

-  A non-refundable deposit of £10 per head will be taken at the time of booking to secure your reservation for parties of 8 or more

& on Special Days such as Valentines Day, Mother's Day & Fathers Day due to high demand.

- We reserve the right to cancel or amend your reservation without prior warning, however we will contact you in the unlikely event that this occurs & we would only do so with good reason. 

- We cannot guarantee a particular table/area to a particular booking however we will always do our upmost to cater for your request.

- A 10% service charge will be added to your bill for the benefit of serving & all other staff. All of the service charge here at Le Benaix is distributed fairly between all staff


Opening Times

Mon & Tue Closed (Le Bouchon Open)

Bar Menu

Wed - Sat 12noon - 2.30pm & 5.30pm - 9.30pm

A la Carte & Set Menu

Lunch - Wed - Sat 12noon - 2.30pm

Dinner - Wed - Sat 5.30pm - 11.00pm

(Last Orders 9.30pm)

Sun - 12noon - 4.30pm

Bookings advised Saturday evenings & Parties above 6 covers 

All other times walk-ins of up to 6 covers



Get In Touch

Main Road, Rettendon

Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8DY
Tel No. 01245 987888


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