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“Some of the best fine dining in Essex” – Amanda & Jahdre’s “local favourite” is tucked away behind The Forest Gate Inn (owned by Amanda’s family). It has a large regular following from across the county for its “continuously excellent” cuisine: “it could rival any top London restaurant any day”.
“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!”
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.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
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
"Superb restaurant. Homely but special. Chef Jahdre deserves a Michelin star, which he will definitely achieve. Amanda works hard to make Hayward’s something different and wonderful"
"Once again we enjoyed another fantastic visit to Haywards where the food was to its usual high standard. This was complimented with fabulous wine pairings and excellent service from a great young team. These are the reasons why yesterday we passed the One Hundred & Twenty visit mark. Chef Jahdre Hayward is very talented and the food he creates is amazing. They also now after a complete change of staff in the kitchen have three excellent young chefs in Luke , Zak & Miles who without doubt are going to be a great addition to the restaurant. They should also be a great asset as the restaurant continues moving forward to earn even more accolades than the 2 AA Rosettes & Best Restaurant In Essex crown they hold now.?Our visit yesterday was as I said at the beginning fantastic this was enhanced as Restaurant Manager Amanda told us as we were seated at can now be described as our table that Chef Jahdre had created for us a Special Tasting Menu which would feature some New dishes to the menus plus a dish that although on the menu we'd not had previously. We said Thank You that sounds fabulous and delightfully accepted.?We started with the Granary Sourdough Bread which was followed by a New little creation a Melon & Ginger Gazpacho. This was a delight and a nice way to cleanse the palate especially due to what was to follow. Next to arrive were the New Duck Croquettes topped with an Apricot Gel. These were simply heaven. After enjoying these fabulous snacks it was now time for our Amuse Bouche a delicious Asparagus Veloute accompanied with Red Pesto Arancini & Crackers. It was now time for our first course a Beetroot Gazpacho , Cheddar Dumplings & Beetroot Meringues. The dish featured Red & Golden Beetroot's which added real flavour and freshness to the dish. This was an absolute delight and a fantastic way to begin. On to our next course which was a Crab Salad , Confit Tomato & Gel , Pickled Cucumber & Relish which was simply stunning. We now moved on to the fish course and another New dish a Steamed Fillet of Bream , Mussels , Cockles , New Potatoes , Summer Baby Vegetables finished with a Shellfish Broth. A truly fabulous dish. We then moved on to our main course which was already on the Taste of Haywards menu. This was the Roasted Rump & Braised Tongue of Wagyu Beef , Capers , Red Pepper , Black Garlic and a Potato Fondant. The dish was absolutely fantastic and full of flavour in fact a masterpiece and would be worthy of being a highlight on any menu. We were then asked if we would be having a Cheese Course to which we were a bit undecided until Amanda told us that Chef wanted us to try a New Fig & Sultana Bread he'd made to go with the cheese. So with that we said ok we will then. The bread was a perfect accompaniment to the great selection of British & Irish Cheese especially the Beenleigh Blue. It was now time to finish with dessert and another New creation a Yoghurt & Vanilla Mousse , Almond , Fig Leaf , Blackcurrant Tuile & Gel. This dessert was nice and light making it a great way to finish a perfect lunch. Every course was match perfectly by a great selection of wines chosen by Amanda. This brought to an end another memorable visit to this great restaurant where I'm very sure I'll be returning to again soon. The food just seems to improve with every visit and I'm sure with the addition of the new team the consistency will continue as well. I will also continue to say that this is the Best Restaurant in Essex so please take my advice and book a table today to see for yourself.?Thank You to all at Haywards for another fantastic visit & See You again soon"
111 Bell Common, Epping, CM16 4DZ
|Wednesday||6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑3 pm|