The Haywain Pub

4.3
70 reviews
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£25 and under
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Country Kitchen
Top tags:
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Country Kitchen, British, Breakfast
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Hours of Operation
Wed–Fri 12:00–15:00
Wed–Fri 18:00–23:00
Sat 09:30–23:00
Sun 09:30–18:00
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Phone number
01206 390004
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 70 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
3 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
3 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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CH
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed two lovely meals recently at The Haywain. The Sunday roast was fabulous! Service is always good and staff are very friendly. We will be back soon!

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R
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous food and polite and friendly staff

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PA
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit in the space of 2 weeks. Very impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, quality of the food and the general ambiance of the pub. Prices are reasonable and, as the pub is local, we will definitely use it again

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M
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and great food . Great for breakfast. Thanks

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t
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Don't mind paying a little more for food - if it is good. And it was. Very friendly service.

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f
Essex
10 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & quick service. Will be taking the dog next time as dog friendly

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our second time at The Haywain having had a good experience first time.
We were not as excited by the food this time however.
The Haywain is described as a gastro pub; to earn that title these days you need to provide a very good and varied menu with uniformally good and tasty fare, at what are gastro pub prices.
Whilst first time we felt that standard had been met, this time the bread served with the mixed meats and antipasti was a little staler than fresh, my partner’s burger was not piping hot and the ‘broth’ which accompanied the bass filet was maybe a little too heavy and over seasoned for the delicate taste of the fish.
The service was generally good and attentive and would happily recommend the place as a cosy and quite intimate dining experience.

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PT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal, plenty of food and good value. Friendly people and good service . We haven’t been to the Haywain since redecoration, much lighter inside now. Will visit again to try Sunday lunch.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great breakfast, good quality food and friendly service very enjoyable

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Eaten here before and have always had a good meal. Invited friends for the first time and they enjoyed themselves too. A big plus is that it is dog friendly. Will definitely be eating there again.

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BA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this pub every time we go and we normally go for the pudding club nights which are always worth going to just dssipaointws the price has been put up by £2:50 and the boards had got smaller but still tasted amazing!

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LC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal for all in party. flat iron steak a must have. Will return soon.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent - a great local treat and worth travelling to - particular favorite to take visiting family - there is no better sunday roast

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, generous portions, left feeling very full! Highly recommended.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Sunday lunch. Highly recommended will be returning

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