Bill’s at Freeport Braintree

Bill's banana and honeycomb cheesecake

Autumn is well and truly here, isn’t it? I love it, and it’s certainly my favourite season!

There’s nothing better than bundling up in layers and heading out for a day of shopping, stopping by for some food to fill up your tummy with warm goodness on the way, of course.

So what better food to fill up on than sticky chicken skewers, spicy gnocchi and creamy banana and honeycomb cheesecake…

I’ve been to Bill’s in Bath before, and Bill’s in Chelmsford for a birthday meal and various lunch dates, so I was looking forward to trying the brand new restaurant in Freeport Braintree which opened last month. The decor is homely and rustic: think comfy cushioned booths, quirky tiled walls, exposed lighting and crockery on the shelves.

The menu features some home comforts such as butternut squash soup, steak dishes and loaded burgers, with an extensive selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner for everyone to enjoy.

Bill's Pink LemonadeBill's restaurant pink lemonade

Without a doubt, whenever I visit Bill’s I always order a Pink Lemonade. It comes in crushed ice with fresh, sweet strawberries submerged in Bill’s very own pink lemonade. It’s sweet and has a lovely tangy after taste. You can actually buy a bottle to take home with you, which I always mean to do every time I visit! James ordered a coke, keeping it ‘iiiiiiice and simple!

Bill's dakkochi chicken skewers

We started with the Dakkochi chicken skewers; soft cubed chicken in a spicy Korean barbecue glaze, garnished with spring onion and lime. The chicken was tender and tasty, with a lovely spicy, tangy and sticky glaze on the top. It was a generous sized portion for a starter and can also be chosen as a main course, served with flatbread and salad.

Bill's crumbed halloumi sticks

We also ordered the crumbed halloumi sticks, served with garlic and lemon mayo. This is always my go-to starter in Bill’s. The halloumi is deliciously soft and melt in the mouth, with a crunchy crumb coating. It works perfectly dipped into the garlic and lemon mayo too! It’s without doubt my favourite halloumi starter – I’m yet to try better!

Bill's buttermilk chicken burgerBill's sweet potato fries

The Buttermilk Chicken Burger is always my-go burger at Bill’s, so I let James try it instead this time so I could try something new! James added cheese and bacon to the crumbed chicken breast, creamy slaw and sesame bun, making it an absolute beast to eat! The streaky bacon worked well with the fresh apple in the coleslaw, and added a slightly salty twist to the burger. Their sweet potato fries are usually crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, but this time they were slightly undercooked and greasy.

diablo gnocchiBill's diablo gnocchi

I decided to try something new, and the Diablo Gnocchi caught my eye straight away. The gnocchi was served with king prawns, spicy nduja sausage, chorizo, cherry tomatoes, garlic butter and sprinkled with Gran Moravia cheese. It’s my first time trying gnocchi and I loved it! It was soft, squidgy and flavoursome, it soaked up the chorizo and garlic juices perfectly. The chorizo chunks were delicious and the king prawns added a fresh twist too. I would have loved to eat more prawns as I only had 3 in my dish but I love fish so I’d add prawns to *almost* anything if I could!

With our bellies full to the brim, we somehow managed to squeeze in dessert. But hey, when has Hannah ever passed on a dessert?!

Bill's plum and apple crumblePlum and apple crumble

James ordered the plum and apple crumble, served with a scoop of fresh salted caramel ice cream. The apples and plums were deliciously soft and sugary, with a crunchy crumble topping on top. The ice cream didn’t taste as salted-caramely as we were expecting but even so, it was a delicious Autumnal dessert to get stuck into!

Bill's banana and honeycomb cheesecake

We also ordered the banana and honeycomb cheesecake and omg, it was one of the best cheesecakes I have ever had! The biscuit base had a delicious cinnamon after taste to it, and the sweet banana-cheesecake topping was soft, sweet and fluffy. Drizzled in caramel sauce, scattered honeycomb chunks and fresh vanilla ice cream, the cheesecake made for a perfect sweet treat after an indulgent meal.

 

I had a fantastic lunch here in a cosy setting with super attentive and friendly staff. I felt at home and at ease here, and left in the best kind of food-coma! They have a beautiful outdoor seating area too, decorated in fairy lights, fresh flowers and cosy wooden benches. I can’t wait until next Spring/Summer to enjoy breakfast out there!

 

So if you’re looking for comfort food in a cosy restaurant – Bill’s is the place!

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We were invited to Bill's for a complimentary three-course meal and drinks in exchange for a review. All photos, words and cheesecake loving are my own!

14 Comments

  1. September 20, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Omg that dessert looks SO yummy! I’m getting hungry just looking at it haha. I’ve been to Bill’s many time but a lot of these dishes seem new to me, which clearly means I have to go back soon… Those halloumi sticks sound incredible! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • hannah
      September 25, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Desserts are just the best part of a meal, aren’t they?!? 😀

    • hannah
      September 25, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      It’s a great chain isn’t it! The cheesecake was incredible – the best one I’ve ever had by far!

  2. Pam
    September 21, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    omg, reading this at lunch time is a bad idea! haha the gnocchi looks nice and I am a sucker for anything Italian, shame it didn’t come with many prawns…
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • hannah
      September 25, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      I think gnocchi is my new favourite thing! It was SUPER delicious!

  3. September 22, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Woman you trying to throw me off my diet lol? :’) I do enjoy a good mooch to Freeport. Next time I go ill take the bf…Im sure the halloumi sticks will sway him 😉 xx

    • hannah
      September 25, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Haha, sounds like the perfect day out to me!

  4. September 22, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Everything looks so delicious and I`m particularly interested in that gnocchi. Though to be honest, the dessert looks pretty incredible as well. Probably not the best idea reading your post while I eat a bland salad:))

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

    • hannah
      September 25, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      The gnocchi was incredible! Haha, sorry not sorry! 😉

    • hannah
      September 25, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Haha that’s so kind of you – I certainly love my food!!

    • hannah
      October 12, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Lovely there isn’t it? Yes that would be so lovely!

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