The Haywain Pub

4.2
85 reviews
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£25 and under
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Country Kitchen
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  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cosy
Beautiful country pub and kitchen open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving delicious freshly cooked food. In the winter relax with a pint in front of our double inglenook fireplace or enjoy a cocktail in the garden over the summer months.
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K
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely traditional pub with open fire place and character. Lovely food, good quality.

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G
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exceptional meal with great service in a friendly environment. Good value for money and freshly prepared.

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MS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely warm welcome and excellent service throughout our visit. Good menu choice and delicious food.

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V
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend however it's dependant on seating and if there is a function.
The pub itself was lovely, the food was very good and service was great however where we were seated was poor due to there being a wedding reception and people continually walking past, children playing and music from the reception extremely loud. If we had been seated in the dining area away from the walkway we would have enjoyed our evening however, instead we were in a hurry to leave.

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M
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A meal for four adults was very satisfactory. Good choice of food, pleasant ambience, well presented. Very comfortable atmosphere. Price reasonable.

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AH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious Saturday lunch, catching up with friends. Comforting pea, mint and courgette soup, melt in the mouth braised blade steak and Ben's stacked steak and ale pie in front of a log fire. What more do you need.

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G
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal and Flat Iron Friday makes the evening reasonably priced. The staff are always welcoming and nothing is too much trouble and this attitude makes us return.

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G
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always and good value. The staff always give a warm welcome.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great family and dog friendly pub - very welcoming owners with a good range of traditional pub food and local beers. Sunday lunch is very good and there are usually other options if you don't fancy the full roast (with choice of meats). Highly recommended as a traditional local pub.

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MW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived for our meal and were disappointed before we entered the premises . We used the toilets upon entry both Male & Female . There seemed to be a BIG fly problem and the mens toilet had bad drainage smells. When we sat down at out table we noticed and were plagued by flies . This was very uncomfortable as we were swatting at these and eating . I personally only ate what was on my plate as quickly as possible . However it was impossible to protect the side dishes of Cauli flower cheese and vegetables. Flies had landed on these so I did not indulge. The coffee machine at the bar was alive with this infestation also (presume attracted by sugar?). The table next to us (a family gathering...) picked up on our conversation and remarked this happened also at there last meal. We remarked to the waitress over this problem. However this was not taken on board as they seemed aware of this already. We were further pestered by the families begging black poodle cross and certainly should not have been around our table either. I speak on behalf of all our family of 4 . We will NEVER EAT HERE AGAIN. It was disgusting.

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DM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday Lunch. Would recommend. Best to book to avoid disappointment.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the pub was packed we were on an edge near a wall which meant we could still enjoy a conversation with our meal. We will definitely be returning!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good and tasty Sunday lunch, although service was a struggle as they were somewhat overwhelmed with customers. Didn’t have long to wait for food to be served though, so overall pretty good!

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JB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was basic rate, sautee potatoes rubbish. Menu online not updated, service slow.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food options, reasonable prices, friendly service. Child and dog friendly.

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WW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Staff very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent too.

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TC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Would not be going again, food quality very poor, very noisy with children uncomfortable seating.

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G
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to get great food, good atmosphere and friendly service.

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i
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Sunday lunch as always, hot tasty, succulent and good portions

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NP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really nice. Service was good and overall a good Dinning experience.
One little point is wine list could have a little more choice 2 Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigio was a little disappointing. But I would highly recommend a visit. We will be going back.

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p
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly, exceptional food and a lovely pub.

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JP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food superb! However the Ghost Ship beer was off and gave me an upset stomach. I did return it after two sips! I'm sure it was an isolated incident and doesn't detract from the overall dining experience which was excellent.

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f
Essex
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good friendly country pub.
Lovely freshly prepared food.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambience always good here. Could perhaps do with a larger menu. As a local we go here quite often and would be nice to choose something else. Did find the wait for our meal a bit long. Just a minor point the table on our bare forearms felt sticky.

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G
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always good. Service is excellent and staff friendly and efficient.

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NI
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for a birthday meal and we both was very pleased with our meals. My wife said her steak was the best she has ever had and enjoyed. The service was very good nothing was too much trouble. And we was not kept too long waiting for our meals. And the bill was very good for the food and drinks we had and enjoyed. And we will be going back again very soon.

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CH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed a very tasty brunch. The full English and smoked salmon were fabulous! Will see you again soon

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CH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Haywain, very tasty food and good value for money. Only down side was we were the only table so there wasn't any atmosphere. Shame as it's such a lovely pub!

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G
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Was recommended to me by a friend , unfortunately mine and anothers breakfast came out cold :( being the only people in the pub for breakfast id say this needs improvement
such a shame

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TH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Limited menu and steak was a bit cold when it arrived but food was tasty

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A
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening.Food was good and good value.Staff were friendly and efficient. HIGHLY RECOMENDED

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RB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we have used the Haywain and we were very impressed with the food, service and ambiance. If I had to identify any negative it would only be the car park. You are not sure if your are using the pub car park or that of a small business park? Plus, on the evening that we were there there was a strong smell of sewage in the car park area. Its a shame that this first impression is not better as it does not do justice to all other aspects of the pub which were first class. Having said all that, I would and will definitely visit the Haywain again. I'll just hold my nose next time!!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch in great dog friendly country pub

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good and reliable here and the staff are friendly. Very warming, traditional Kent pub that we frequent regularly and is always enjoyable. Would recommend for dining or just a quick drink.

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s
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best value and the tastiest food for miles. ..
Totally recommend it to anyone

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DW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Poor state of car park and side of pub with room above with window looked like a junk store. The toilets not very good and the handle to the dining area was in poor repair. The staff were very pleasant and the food was very nice - but too much for both of us. The cost was disproportionate to the overall dining experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

I visited with my family for Sunday Lunch. On entering I felt that the place was definitely grubby and needed a total spring clean. Putting this to one side as we had travelled individually we stayed as it was now 14.30 and not much chance of finding another place that would still be serving. The food was served on cold plates Even though we had asked for hot plates and the vegetables were served in cold bowls so consequently the food was lukewarm which was a shame as, with the exception of the roast potatoes , it tasted quite nice. Somebody tell the Chef you need to parboil the potatoes first and cook them in hot oil to make them crunchy and fluffy not just peel them and put them in the oven. With a little more effort this place could be a good place to go - why own a gold mine and then not bother to dig it out.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Haywain had a good feel to the place it was clean and the staff friendly
We were a party of 6 celebrating
We ordered 3 steaks fish an 2 pies
All the food was served well but all three steaks were just warm as if they were cooked first and stored on the side with no heat

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food good for a local pub but could do with a good clean up. Just small things like clean the windows, the carpet and give the men’s toilet floor a good clean as the stains are off putting.

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WC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely waitress very attentive but not pushy. Nice choices on menu.

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