Welcome to Haywards Restaurant


    We are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are planning to re open for dinner on Thursday 20th May 2021 for up to six guests per table from a maximum of two households. To make a reservation please click on the ‘book now‘ button at the top of the page or alternatively email info@haywardsrestaurant.co.uk. Please also use this email for any other enquiries. We will be offering regular take away meals so please keep an eye on the take away section of our website for forthcoming dates and menus.  Our exciting new venture ‘Coffee by Haywards’ is now open Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday & Easter Monday from 9.30am to 3pm and offers take away beverages, snacks and homemade cakes.


    Haywards concentrates on using high quality seasonal and local produce wherever possible, in order to bring together the freshest of ingredients to create elegant, attractive dishes which are full of flavour. With Head Chef, Jahdre Hayward’s, extensive CV and culinary knowledge the restaurant focuses on modern European cooking techniques. The Haywards garden is fully established and provides a large variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers that are used in the restaurant. Resident bee colonies contribute to the well being of the garden and also provide Haywards with a fabulous source of local honey.

    Haywards is a beautiful air conditioned restaurant, originally a coach house and skittle alley, which has been sympathetically restored and still retains many original features. It is situated on the edge of Epping Forest, half a mile from the town of Epping, and is in the grounds of  The Forest Gate Inn, a 17th century free house owned and run by the Stokes family for over 50 years. Adjacent to The Forest Gate Inn is a delightful self contained studio apartment available for short stays and dinner, bed and breakfast packages are available for two guests. Please click here for package information and prices or email info@haywardsrestaurant.co.uk.


    Haywards COVID Safe Policy


    Our full COVID Safe Policy can be viewed by clicking here but a few of the measures we are taking are:

    – we have created additional space between tables of at least 1 metre

    – all staff will wear high quality face masks or shields at all times and will minimise contact with guests

    – our spotless restaurant areas, kitchens and our toilet facilities will be cleaned even more frequently

    – anti-bacterial hand sanitiser will be available on all tables


    We do ask all guests to abide by our COVID Safe Policy as the safety of our customers and staff is paramount. Please be kind and patient to all of the team at Haywards, as this way of working is new to us.   

    Many thanks Amanda, Jahdre & the Haywards team









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