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 and also it was quite a wait for food.

Parkside Brasserie

Roasted Rib of Beef at Parkside Brasserie in Elm Park

Roast Rating 6/10

Well this certainly was a fabulous month for desserts. So sit back and feast your eyes on these absolute delights 🤪.

This was our sixth visit to Cornerstone a place where we’ve always enjoyed some amazing fish , fabulous desserts and received very friendly service. Well I can tell you right here and now that the bar has definitely been raised to a new level. The fish & dessert dishes were still absolutely fantastic with even more amazing flavour but what really stood out was the service. There seemed to be a few more staff who were now dressed in a casual uniform that allowed them to concentrate more on the attention on detail to the diner. This I thought made it a more professional service without taking anything away from the friendliness that had always been there in the past.

Rushbrooke Arms

The Ultimate Roast Beef at Rushbrooke Arms in Bury St Edmunds

Roast Rating. 7.4/10

Haywards Restaurant

Pork Rump , Pork Belly & Pork Cheek Roast at Haywards in Epping

Roast Rating. 7.8/10

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.

Our previous three visits have always left us wanting to return as soon as possible. This is due to the very creative food by Head Chef Jamie and his team and the excellent service led by Restaurant Manager George. All this in a place that has a hip and trendy atmosphere that gives you a great feel as soon as you walk in.