After a warm and friendly greeting at the door of Magic Mushroom, we were shown to our table. The whole restaurant was alive with conversation and laughter. After perusing the concise menu, I chose the chorizo and baby squid to start which was fresh and perfectly balanced with the spicy guacamole and tangy salsa. Mrs Exquisite decided upon the salt beef with gherkins and horseradish cream. A delicious and classic combination, with a modern twist. To follow, my perfectly cooked fillet steak, with heritage beetroot and truffled dauphinoise was truly outstanding. Mrs Exquisite enjoyed pan-fried salmon, crushed potatoes and samphire. Brought together with an almond and caper beurre noisette, simply divine. To finish, I chose the beautifully presented and inventive ‘tasting of apple’. Comprising apple strudel, mousse, toffee apple sauce and apple sherbet, I loved it. Baileys and Amaretto cheesecake for Mrs Exquisite, a perfect end to a faultless meal.
Haywards 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. The Gate House bed and breakfast is also adjacent to Haywards with four individually designed guest rooms, all of which are en-suite.
The Flitch of Bacon offers a great menu that is a great expression of the seasons. The restaurant offers quality dishes using local ingredients and produce. The chef has created a menu that is elegant and simple. Putting pure pleasure on a plate in the ambition for diners at the Flitch. You can expect a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy amazing food and a wonderful drinks list with family and friends. Children are more than welcome and there are high chairs for the really little ones! Three charming rooms are available to extend your stay to include breakfast and an opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside.
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