This was a fabulous weekend where we got to spend time at three of our favourite places. We started on Saturday when we headed to Epping to have lunch with our great friends Haywards Restaurant and we were in for an absolute treat.

Parkside Brasserie

We’d been wanting to visit this French Brasserie which is situated in our neighbouring town of Elm Park after hearing some great feedback from friends about the quality of the food. We had also heard that the service which although is friendly could be better.

It’s not often we get the opportunity to stay local on a Saturday and spend it in our hometown of Hornchurch but this weekend that’s exactly what we did. The start of the day didn’t go so well as we intended to have brunch in French’s Cafe but due to their popularity they were full …

Valentines Lunch at Rubino Kitchen

We last visited Rubino just under a year ago and enjoyed a fabulous tasting menu lunch so was therefore was keen to return once again. The restaurant itself is located on Chigborough Farm and only a ten minute drive from Maldon town centre.

This was a fabulous dining experience and a real credit to the Essex restaurant scene. We first heard about Grain when it was featured in the Essex Feast book a couple of years ago. Then when I’d seen that a couple of my chef friends had been and said it was good we certainly wanted …

We decided to visit the Black Horse in Brentwood on Boxing Day as our previous visits during the course of the year had been good ones. As we’d enjoyed good food with friendly service in a place with a great friendly atmosphere. So when we were looking for somewhere to take my wife’s parents out …

My 2019 Foodie year really has been one to remember with a visit to Ten Michelin Star restaurants and where it was also great to see a First Star awarded to my good friends Da Terra & The Artichoke. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Michelin Star meal outside England at the fantastic Ristorante Lido 84 …

The last time we visited this establishment was about four years ago under the old name of Fratelli’s which used to be a fantastic Italian restaurant. Then one day things changed and the restaurant was never the same. Recently we saw that the name had changed to Da Vinci and upon reading the reviews which …

When it comes to Sunday’s at Haywards they always add the choice of a roast dinner to their A la Carte menu which is either beef , lamb or pork. On this occasion it was the Cote de Beouf which I have to say is one of the finest cuts of meat you’ll ever have …