AN ICONIC brand has announced a new drive-thru restaurant in the heart of Braintree.

Tim Hortons® is making a name for itself in Essex with the new addition at Galleys Corner, creating 50 new jobs.

The Canadian restaurant is famed for its signature coffee and donuts.

The new site will span over 3,515 sq ft and will offer dine-in seating for up to 104 guests.

A venue is also being opened in Thurrock and both sites will offer drive-thru services and delivery options.

The two new launches follow a record-breaking opening week for the brand’s new restaurant in Harlow and forms part of its plan to create over 2,000 jobs across the country, bringing Tim Hortons restaurants to every major town and city by 2022.

Kevin Hydes, Chief Commercial Officer said: “Following an incredibly successful launch in Harlow, we are thrilled to announce a further two openings in Essex later this year - taking our total number of restaurants to three within the county.

"Our openings in Thurrock and Braintree will not only allow us to bring our Canadian charm to the fantastic local community but also to those in East London and the surrounding areas. This marks a huge step in bringing our brand closer to home for many of our fans.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the brand as we continue this period of exponential growth and we’ll be searching for local talent to join us on our journey."