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Summary

£74
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£74
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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Owner's description

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.

 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £37.25 £49.00
Lunch £28.00 £35.50
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 65.00 D only 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
14
48
10
Yes

The chef

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.

Private dining

Private Events

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 info@haywardsrestaurant.co.uk

Conferencing

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 info@haywardsrestaurant.co.uk

Haywards Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Haywards Restaurant Restaurant in CM16, Epping by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Haywards Restaurant restaurant.
Lloyd S
Well as you must surely know I'm a frequent...
Reviewed 6 months, 22 days ago

"Well as you must surely know I'm a frequent visitor to Haywards in Epping where over the last seven years I've enjoyed some excellent food and service. During this time I'm delighted to say that I've also become very good friends with owners Jahdre & Amanda. So now as we fly past the one hundred and thirtieth visit mark time it gives me great pleasure to tell you about another fantastic dining experience we enjoyed on friday evening. We arrived to be greeted by recently appointed Restaurant Manager Richard who really is becoming a great asset to the restaurant and assistant Sophie who is improving with every service. Haywards like all restaurants has undergone staff changes in the front of house especially during the current situation but with Richard at the helm all the new members of staff have settled in nicely. So when you put this together with the amazing team of chefs under the leadership of chef patron Jahdre in the kitchen this restaurant can continue to go from strength to strength. After a brief chat we were escorted to our usual table 10 which is in the corner next to the kitchen. We then looked at the menu where you had a choice of A la Carte our as we did opted for the six course Tasting Menu. We started with a delightful selection of snacks and an amuse bouche that included the new Cod skin cracker topped with taramasalata. This led us onto our first course and a fantastic Venison Tartare with caramelised celeriac purée , radish & egg yolk emulsion with a piece of focaccia bread on the side. We followed this with the Roasted Cauliflower & Cous Cous accompanied by cauliflower ice cream & a curry oil. Now I know what some of you might be thinking did he really say cauliflower ice cream and yes I did but believe me it was delicious. Next to arrive was the Stone Bass with caramelised onion purée , smoked bacon & kohlrabi that was an absolute delight. This led us to the main course of Roasted Lamb Rump , braised lamb neck , broccoli purée & mint gel along with a fabulous and rich sauce. This really was a fantastic dish. We then moved on to the Cheese course that included a selection of three cheeses along with crackers , bread , chutney & grapes. This led us to a fabulous pre dessert based on an apple panna cotta that I believe should be made into a full size dessert as it was absolutely delicious. Now it was time for dessert where we was in for a surprise as we were not going to be given the one on the menu but instead a new creation from pastry chef Luke. This Lemon Parfait & Gel with milk ice cream & honeycomb tuille was simply stunning and probably the best dessert he's created in his time at Haywards. So then we thought we'd finished but Luke had other ideas as out came another new dessert to share. A White Chocolate Mousse with raspberry compote & pistachio cremaux that was amazing. We finished with coffee and petit fours along with a chat with Jahdre to bring to an end another fantastic meal at Haywards. The food here is amazing and improving all the time due to the young team of chefs Zak , Miles and Pastry Chef Luke. The front of house led by Richard is also improving with every service. This restaurant can only go forward from here and therefore yes I would highly recommend a visit to see for yourself. I will continue to visit this fabulous restaurant that is definitely the Best in Essex I'm my opinion. Thank You to all the team for a fantastic evening keep up the good work and see you all again very soon. #SupportHospitality #SupportLocal #Epping"

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Lloyd S
It gave me great pleasure that i was able t...
Reviewed 9 months, 27 days ago

"It gave me great pleasure that i was able to continue my support for the hospitality industry and even more so on saturday when I returned to visit my very good friends at Haywards in Epping. It was not only very nice to see everyone again but also to enjoy once more the amazing food created by Chef Patron Jahdre and his team. We arrived on saturday and as we entered received a fabulous welcome back before being escorted to our regular table. The restaurant have made all the changes to make it feel as normal as possible during this current situation. There was a hand sanitizer on the front desk and in fact they had put one on each table. The staff themselves were all wearing face shields although necessary just made it a little difficult to understand at times but then at the moment safety is the main priority. They also managed to space the tables in the restaurant out quite nicely which allowed for plenty of room between each one. So yes I'm delighted to report it's all good here. So now on to the food itself. We were shown the menu which like other places we've been to is a bit smaller than usual but actually this didn't matter to us as we were told that chef had created for us a special Tasting Menu to which we very happily accepted. After enjoying some fabulous snacks we moved to our first course which really did refresh the palate. It was an Oyster topped with cucumber , dill & apple that was just sublime. This eased us into the next course which was a highlight of the day. The Kohlrabi , egg yolk , green bean , almond salad with a lemon emulsion was a taste sensation. We then moved on to the Duck Rillette with brioche , roasted pineapple , pineapple gel and a homemade piccalilli. Next to arrive was the fish course which was Plaice , chicken wing , leeks , new potatoes & pickled celery and a delight it was to. Now we moved to the main course of Lamb Three Ways. First a rack of lamb then a shoulder terrine and finally a confit belly accompanied with courgette , peppers & black olive. After a little rest it was dessert time which we started of with a delightful pre dessert of Elderflower Ice Cream & raspberry. This led us nicely onto a new dessert creation from pastry chef Luke an Apple Mille Feuille with spiced creme diplomat , caramelised apple & puree with apple sorbet. It was just devine and the pastry was absolutely perfect. So that was it or that's what we thought when another fork & spoon appeared on the table and when we looked at the waitress she just laughed and said oh by the way just a little something extra. Well it was another stunning dessert that appeared. A Mango Mousse with a mango & lime sorbet and lemon curd simply delicious. Now that really was it a fantastic tasting menu was finished. It was then nice of Jahdre to come out and have a coffee & petit fours with us so that we could have a bit of a catch up. It was amazing to be back at Haywards especially as you know how much we love this restaurant. The food never disappoints and you also receive nice friendly and efficient service from the team of young staff. So your not surprised when I say once more that I would highly recommend a visit here as to me it is the best restaurant in Essex. Already looking forward to seeing them all again very soon"

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111 Bell Common, Epping, CM16 4DZ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑3 pm

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