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“At last a decent restaurant in Essex” – Amanda and Jahdre’s popular five-year-old is “tucked-away behind a pub near Epping” (The Forest Gate Inn, owned by Amanda’s family) and wins consistent praise for food that’s “all of a very high standard” and “excellent service”.
“A real find where you’d least expect it”, say fans of Jahdre and Amanda Hayward’s four-year-old venture within the grounds of a family-run freehouse (The Forest Gate Inn). If there’s a concern it’s that it’s “trying too hard”, but most reports are of “impressive” cuisine from a “small but ambitious” menu and “very precise and polite service”.
“Exceptional for Essex!”; chef Jahdre Hayward creates some “very fine food, with lovely and unusual flavours”, and “front of house is run to perfection by wife Amanda” at this “first-class” two-year-old. “Everything was very flavoursome, including the little spots of stuff, which looked as if they were solely for decoration!”
This “adventurous” yearling is “as close as you will get to fine dining” in this part of the world – “it’s the equal of a good West End restaurant”.
Haywards was opened by husband and wife team, Jahdre and Amanda Hayward, in 2013. They spent many years training under some of the most influential chefs in both London and Australia before returning to Epping and undertaking the huge project of converting a listed building into their beautiful restaurant. Originally a coach house, skittle alley and stable, the building has been sympathetically restored with many original features remaining.
Haywards concentrates on using seasonal, local produce at its best, in order to bring together the freshest of ingredients to create elegant, attractive and tasty dishes. Many of the fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers used in Haywards dishes are sourced from the Haywards garden. The garden is also home to two bee colonies which thrive in this beautiful part of Essex and also contribute to the wellbeing of the garden. Working with a fantastic and knowledgeable local bee keeper, Haywards now also produce their own honey.
Haywards main restaurant can seat up to 48 guests, with an additional private room for up to 14 guests to be comfortably seated. Both spaces are available for private hire and larger numbers can be catered for on request.
Please contact the restaurant directly for further information.
Head Chef Jahdre Hayward was born in Bermuda and aged 15 moved to the United States to live with his aunt and uncle. Whilst in America, Jahdre studied culinary arts in Tampa, Florida and after completing his studies gained a job as a commis chef at The Savoy Hotel in ondon, under Anton Edelmann. At The Savoy, Jahdre soon moved up the rankings, becoming a chef de partie. Jahdre’s London based CV also includes Hanbury Manor, Rules restaurant, Oxo tower, Novelli in the City and The Ritz.
After meeting future wife and Haywards head of house Amanda, the pair travelled to australia in 2003. Jahdre worked briefly at Guillaume at Bennelong and the Sydney Opera House before the pair returned to London for three years. In 2007 both Jahdre and Amanda migrated to Melbourne, Australia where they gained a wealth of culinary experience.
In Australia, Jahdre worked as a sous chef at The National Gallery before moving to the Melbourne Wine Room, where he became the head chef, and later the Millswyn restaurant. Amanda worked in a number of positions at several Melbourne restaurants including Grossi Florentino, Maze by Gordon Ramsey and Circa, The Prince, where she became assistant manager.
The entire restaurant is available for exclusive hire for up to 48 guests in the main dining room. Please contact us for further information or to make a reservation: 01992 577350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now able to offer conference facilities in our private dining room, The Stable. A competitive day delegate package is offered to include:morning tea, cake and fruit, a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine or soft drink, afternoon tea and scones. Please contact us for further information: 01992 577350 or email@example.com
Haywards Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews
"For the last five years I've been a frequent diner here at Haywards. This to me is an easy decision as for one it's only half an hours drive away. The other reasons are is that the food is simply amazing which is matched by the fabulous service you receive from an excellent young team. It's not hard to see why this restaurant once again won Best Restaurant in Essex and now also has the well deserved honour of being a 2 AA Rosettes restaurant to which I'm sure in the future will increase. So as I said the food created by Chef Jahdre Hayward is fantastic and full of stunning flavours which without any doubt has been improving year by year. So what to expect in 2019 well if our first visit of this year is anything to go by then I would recommend booking a table now as you'll be in for a treat. We arrived on Saturday for lunch and received our usual nice welcome before being shown to what I can now say is our regular table. While enjoying our pre lunch drinks owner Amanda said that if it was ok with us Chef has created for us a Special Tasting Menu which would include all the new dishes. A lunch time Tasting Menu is something that they're looking to introduce so please feel free to ask about it's availability. Well honestly how could we refuse so gladly accepted and couldn't wait to see he'd produced. We started first with some fabulous Granary Sourdough Bread before enjoying a Carrot & Ginger Veloute along with Paprika Crackers & Arancini Balls. Now it was time for our first course and wow it was outstanding a Foie Gras & Green Tea Ballotine with Salted Grapes & Pickled Apple a truly amazing way to begin. This was followed by a fantastic vegetarian dish a Roasted Cauliflower with Ricotta Dumplings , Capers , Pine Nuts & Raisins just heaven Now on to our next course and yes it was another dish full of flavour as we were treated to a Ham Hock Boudin , Jerusalem Artichoke Purée & Thyme Foam simply delicious. This heavenly dish led us on to our main course which consisted of a Pan Roasted breast of Pheasant , Confit Leg & Caramelised Celeriac Purée with the added delight of Potato Dauphinois which is always amazing here We now needed a rest before moving on to desserts to which we were told there would be two. This was music to my ears as yes I love desserts. The first dessert was a devine Coconut Brûlée with Mango Sorbet & White Chocolate Aero . This was followed by a Pumpkin Tart with Nutmeg Ice Cream & Poached Clementines & Purée. We wondered if the Tart would be a bit savoury but it was nice & light and worked well with the nutmeg ice cream it was just delicious We finished with a coffee and petit fours to bring to an end another fabulous lunch at Haywards and if this is what's to come in 2019 then all diners are in for something special. I would highly recommend a visit so you can see for yourself why this restaurant gets the accolades it deserves. In Jahdre they have one of the best chefs around & under the guidance of Amanda & Anne the front of house team are so friendly and professional. So don't delay and book a table today you will not be disappointed. I'll probably be back in a couple of weeks for another fantastic visit "
"I can always rely on a beautifully prepared plate at this excellent little restaurant. Their private room is perfect for family celebrations."