Live the American Dream at Deans Diner

Deans Diner is a themed 1950’s style diner that serves up the best burgers, ribs, shakes and fries in town. Open all day, every day, set in four locations in the south of England.

We was recently invited along to review the restaurant that is based at Braintree, right next to the shopping village of Freeport. Upon arrival we was greeted at the door by our waitress, i instantly loved the light airy feel to the Diner, there was paintings of ladies in uniform from the war time on the walls around the restaurant, the walls were covered in mirrors and the decor was red,black and white. We was seated at the back of the Diner, just next to the toilets, I think maybe they took one look at my boys and saw trouble so thought it would be best to seat us at the back lol.

Menus on the table
Menus on the table

We was introduced to our waitress and Joseph and Oliver were given a colouring in sheet with some crayons to colour in and hopefully keep them occupied whilst us Daddy and I looked through the menu. Obviously as it is American themed there was lots of burgers and ribs to choose from, we chose an Onion Ring Tower which was Crisp beer battered onion rings, served with delicious ranch, hot peri peri and cajun mayo dips to start with.




The Onion ring tower was very tall and the rings were hot, soft and crispy and nice and chunky, everyone tucked in and really enjoyed them.

Daddy ordered Deans Favourite double burger which had crispy bacon, eggs and cheese, Jak ordered a Texas BBQ Dog, a huge hotdog topped with bacon and BBQ sauce from the normal menu, Joseph wanted BBQ Chicken Wings from the children’s menu and I liked the sound of the Half rack of Pork Ribs with BBQ sauce.

Look how huge that dog is!
Look how huge that dog is!
half baby back ribs, sweat potato chips and coleslaw
half baby back ribs, sweat potato chips and coleslaw

Jak’s Hotdog was huge and i really didn’t think he would get through it, but he enjoyed it so much it was gone within minutes.

For a side on my Ribs i asked for sweet potato chips, i have never tried them before but love roast sweet potato so thought i would give them a go, they were crispy and sweet and very tasty, even Daddy couldn’t keep his fingers away from them. Our drinks were served in ice cold glasses and the boys milkshakes and Ice cream float went down a treat on a hot evening.

All of the portions were very large, i guess that was to be expected as it was an American Diner.

Jak found the Jukebox at the front of the Diner so off he went with Daddy to put some tunes on, we paid £1 for 3 songs, i do believe that they went on credit so depending on the song and how many credits they were



After a little look through the selection Jak found a the original 1050’s song ‘My Special Angel’ by Michael Vaughaun, this is the same song that Jak sung when he appeared on Call The Midwife as a Cub Scout when they all sang to Chummy in Nonnatus House’s corridor.


I thought that after finishing off their rather large meals they wouldn’t have room for any afters but the boys noticed that there were pancakes with ice cream on the menu served up with maple syrup, they couldn’t resist!

Our experience in Deans Diner was definitely a memorable one and all for the good reasons. The staff was all very friendly and i noticed how hard they worked, they never stopped from the moment we went in to when we left, serving up food and cleaning down tables as soon as people left. The Diner was nice and cool, a little too cool at the back of the restaurant but on a hot summers evening it’s definitely needed.

Our meal for 5 totted up to around £60 this covered 3 bottles of Budweiser, 1 milkshake, 1 Coke float, 3  main meals, 1 starter, 1 kids meal and 3 pancakes for afters,  a very good deal for very good filling food!

We would recommend this restaurant to anyone especially for a family meal out.

We was provided with the meal for the family for the purpose of this review, no cash payment has been made.