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111 Bell Common
01992 577 350
Situated on the edge of Epping Forest, in the grounds of The Forest Gate Inn (a 17th-century free house owned and run by the Stokes family for over 50 years), Haywards is gaining a reputation as one of the go-to fine-dining destinations in this part of Essex. “Just amazing food, service and ambience”, trumpets a fan. Chef/proprietor Jahdre Hayward is doing great things here, delivering seasonal food with bags of style and ambition – think rabbit lasagne with mushroom purée, celeriac purée and thyme foam, steamed sea bass with pea gnocchi and tomato fondue or honey-roast duck breast with salt-baked heritage carrots. There are some intriguing veggie ideas too (ravioli of charlotte potatoes with beer and onion consommé, for example), while desserts could feature chocolate pavé with yoghurt sorbet, passion fruit sorbet and gel. The nearby Gate House B&B offers stylish and comfortable accommodation just a stones throw away from the restaurant and various packages to include dinner and an overnight stay are available.
111 Bell Common
01992 577 350
Epping Station 1km
Epping Tube Station 1km
Theydon Bois Golf Club 1km
Debden House Camp Site 1km
Thurs-Sun 12N-2.30pm Sun 12.30-3pm Wed-Sat 6-9.30pm (Fri-Sat -10pm)
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Food + drink: 5
There are many reasons why I'm a frequent diner at Haywards but the main ones are 1) the food is always amazing created by Chef Jahdre Hayward and his wonderful team 2) the wine which we often asked to be matched with each course is chosen superbly by Restaurant Manager Amanda Hayward and 3) the service is very professional from the excellent young and friendly waiters/waitresses and it was a pleasure to have witnessed all three once again on Saturday as we took friends to experience a Tasting Menu & Matched Wines evening. On arrival we were greeted so warmly before being shown to our table where we enjoyed a lovely cocktail while perusing the menu. It didn't take us long to decide that we were all going to have the Tasting Menu. After enjoying some delightful snacks it was time for the first course a fabulous Chicken Leg & Sweetbread Ravioli with a Roast Chicken Consommé. Our second course was the Optional Extra Course of Scallop , Octopus , Red Pepper Purée & Chorizo Foam serves in the Scallop Shell. This led us onto the fantastic Mushroom Risotto topped with Black Truffle We then moved on to a beautiful fish course of a Fillet of Cod and a Brussels Sprout Purée before going on to the main course a Braised Short Rib of Beef with miso & aubergine purée which was equally as fantastic. Before moving onto to the desserts we all decided have the additional cheese course as the restaurant has a wonderful selection of British & Irish Cheeses Now it was time for dessert and another memorable dish a nice a light Chocolate & Hazelnut Mousse with an Orange Sorbet & Yoghurt Foam we then received a lovely surprise as the Chef sent us out an extra dessert a stunning Apple Crumble Soufflé & Cinnamon Ice Cream which brought us to an end of a very memorable evening. I would really like to Thank all of the team at Haywards for such a fantastic evening. To Jahdre for the amazing food , to Amanda & assistant Anne for the wine selection which included a delightful wine from a local supplier Parvills Farm in Epping and to the waitresses for exceptional service. This restaurant to me is the Best in Essex and the county really should be so proud of it and one that should definitely be placed on anyone's places to dine lists
Great day at Haywards cooking Demo with Chef Patron Jahdre Hayward good to see a chef in action cooking and telling you the process of each dish definitely a worthwhile thing to see makes you appreciate how hard a restaurants team work to produce amazing food for your pleasure
Couldn't think of a better way to end the year than visiting our favourite local restaurant. This was our 21st visit of the year and the food & service was consistently as good as always . If you like fine dining but don't want to go into London the this is the place for you. The restaurant serves excellent European Cuisine and also has great Wines to match your food . The restaurant has a nice friendly atmosphere and is a great place for couples or groups and can host bigger parties in the Stable
#epping #Essex #restaurant #FineDining
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