Did you know that our indoor market has been a part of Chelmsford’s history since the 11th century? Many of the businesses have been handed down through the generations and there has always been a wide variety of products and great-tasting food to try.

We want everyone to continue supporting these local, family-run businesses that bring our community together and help keep the market thriving. Keep reading to find out what our markets have to offer and see if anything tickles your fancy…

Above: Chelmsford’s Indoor Market

Food in the Indoor Market

If freshly cooked and prepared food is your thing, then Chelmsford’s market is the place for you. At Anne’s Pantry, you can expect to be greeted with lovely homemade cakes, pie and mash, fish and chips and much more. You’ll find Anne’s Pantry opposite the bag stall at the library end of the market.

In the indoor market, you’ll experience many different cultures and be blown away by flavours across many cuisines. Lek’s Thai Food will transport you to Asia with the use of the freshest and most fragrant ingredients. Lek’s is one of the longest standing businesses in the market and customers are able to eat-in or take away. Pastascuitta will also impress you with authentic Italian pasta dishes, cakes, coffee and much more. You can also visit Baan Noodle for some delicious Authentic Asian food and Curry in a Hurry for some delightful British-Indian cuisine. Swales also offers freshly cooked food such as burgers, hot dogs and chips that won’t disappoint!

For more information, please visit: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-theatres-and-museums/chelmsford-market/food-at-the-market/

Above: Baan Noodle restaurant in Chelmsford Market

High Street Market

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, you can find yourselves walking through Chelmsford’s high street with the market in full swing. Ever since 2005, this has been a great traditional shopping experience and the locals love it! There is everything from freshly caught fish, lobster and jellied eels, to authentic vegan and vegetarian falafels cooked before your eyes. There are also unique flowers and plants available, as well as much more. Visit the City Council website to see what else is available.

Above: fresh bread

Stalls in the Indoor Market

The greengrocers, butchers and cheese stall are only some of the options available in the market. There’s plenty more than just food on offer. You can also find a baby and children’s clothes stall, garden furniture and plants, bags, hats and ladies clothing, as well as vinyl records and vintage jewellery. To find out what else is on offer, visit: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-theatres-and-museums/chelmsford-market/about-the-market/

The faces of Chelmsford Markets

The faces of Chelmsford market are kind and welcoming and sincerely thank you for your trade. There are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand ready to assist you, who are keen to make Chelmsford a better-connected place to visit. Go to the Chelmsford For You Facebook page to see some of these friendly faces.

For general information about Chelmsford Retail Market, go to: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-theatres-and-museums/chelmsford-market/

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.

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