Some Home Instead favourite lunch spots

Here are some ideas of places to have lunch in and around Epping Forest.

In this article of my five venues elected three are garden centres which have lovely food on offer throughout the day not just at lunch times. I think it is a lovely way to spend some time looking around the plants and other offerings at the garden centres and then sitting down for lunch.

Harlow Garden Centre, Canes Lane, Hastingwood CM17 9LD is open daily - telephone 01279 419039.

Harlow Garden Centre is a great place to visit look around the fantastic array of plants, shrubs and trees to buy as well as a huge shop stocked with everything you might need for your garden plus more!

The café is super with indoor and outdoor tables. Food is served daily by welcoming staff.

Ongar Garden Centre, Langford Bridge, Kelvedon Hatch, Ongar CM5 0LB

Ongar Garden Centre This is a one stop shop for all your gardening needs a true gardeners paradise from plants to gifts and furniture!

There is the lovely Gardeners Retreat Restaurant offering food throughout the day – breakfast, main meals, snacks and treats.

There is lots of parking and good access a definite place to go and visit! Open daily from 9am -4.30pm (Sundays from 10am).

Ashlyns Farm Shop and Garden Centre, Epping Road, North Weald, CM16 6RZ Telephone 01992 525146

Ashlyns farm shop and café has been a favourite of my family for some time. The farm shop sells a selection of treats and then through the farm shop is the café. We love their hot chocolate and selection of cakes but they also do main meals at lunch time. It is a lovely set up with a large airy café with outdoor seating also available. My children love this place as they also have lots of animals which you can go and walk around, see and feed. In 2022 they added a garden centre, so now you can look around their lovely plants make some purchases and also have lunch in their café. A great combination.

Wilson’s Fish and Chips, Chingford, 101 Station Road, Chingford E4 7BU Telephone 0208524 9065

Wilson’s Fish and Chips This traditional, family run fish and chip shop offers takeaway and eat in. They pride themselves on the quality of their offerings-  fish fresh from trawlers fishing in sustainable seas plus the best quality locally grown potatoes.

A great fish and chips meal is hard to beat and Smith’s looks like it is worth a visit.

Toby Carvery, Buckhurst Hill, High Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5JU Telephone 020 8559 0909

Toby Carvery  claim to have the ‘perfect roast and treats whatever day you visit’. Open daily 8am – 10.30pm

Great selection of meals from breakfast on. Roast meals are available every day but that is not all there is a wide menu available including vegan and vegetarian options. Loyalty points are available for regulars.