Chelmsford, Essex, England is a fantastic place to live with some really nice places to eat out. The night life (bars and its one club) are a little predictable but ok. But during the day you can walk along the cannal from chelmsford into the town and browse through the market or on a friday the have a food market in the centre of town. You can visit highlands park a top spot for dog walking or visit some of the local lakes for a spot of fishing.
You are also not to far away from London and are just a short train ride into Stratford and from there i frequently visit Islington for nights out or the thearter district for a show.