Haywards Heath has, among local residents at most, an international
reputation for fine cuisine. Although Haywards Heath can boast eateries
in both of its four corners, many restaurants and takeaways are
situated on the Broadway. Located just a short drive away from ample
parking, the Broadway can be considered as Haywards Heath's cosmopolitan
Haywards Heath has for many years faced
a relentless onslaught from global burger chains intent on setting
up shop in this classic picture of rural English splendour. Like Churchill,
Haywards Heath has stood firm and served the people's burger needs
with fine cuisine from Star Burger. Sadly, and suddenly, the shutters
of Star Burger were lowered for the last time at the end of summer
2004. With the ace missing from the town's winning hand of fast food
cards, it looked like Haywards Heath was about to be McTurmpped maybe
by a King or a fried chicken chain. But no. Help was at hand from
one of Britain's greatest fast food institutions, Wimpy.
One could be forgiven for thinking that Wimpy had been tailor made
for the residents of Haywards Heath. As Burgess Hill so ably demonstrates,
some people are quite happy to use thier fingers to consume chips
and such like from plastic troughs for one and allow dignity and
civility to wait in the car. Wimpy on the other hand presents its
patrons with a full aray of cutlery, far more 'Haywards Heath' we're
sure you'll agree.
Ephesus - kebab central
Ephesus Turkish Delicacies is the finest
kebab shop in Mid-Sussex possibly the world. Their vast array of
kebabs which include small, medium, large and extra large attract
the most discerning clientele. Their chili sauce is getting better
every week. Chips are provided as the vegetarian alternative. Burgers
and fish are also available but take longer to prepare. If you want
to be king for a day, order an Ephesus Special and delight as the
staff beam with anticipation and uncontained respect. It truly has
to be experienced to be believed. Their full menu can be viewed
here. Ephesus underwent substantial renovation and now sports
a Mediterranean style decor replacing the previous ancient temple
Located on the site of the sadly defunct
Rose of Bengal (see tribute below), is the Four Continents Takeaway.
Our initial review of their opening week's wares can be found here.
Following an e-mail from a 4 Continents employee we decided to review
their Turkish range a second time in the hope that things may have
improved. The second review is available here.
The Broadway is the culinary heart of
Haywards Heath. In addition to Ephesus the Broadway boasts cuisine
from Italy, France Spain, China, India, England and America. Pizza
Express and Cafe Rouge provide the option of eating alfresco
all year round. Security and comfort is guaranteed following the
introduction of CCTV cameras. Muggings and Shoplifting from restaurants
has been cut to the bone.
Swanky - The Canton Chef
One of our readers, Ian, has personally
recommended the Beijing Gallery run by Auntie Yung. Ian also recommend
the Canton Kitchen Chinese takeaway and made no less than 18 visits
during the month of August. His loyalty was duly rewarded with free
prawn crackers though we understand this was a personal offering
to Ian and not part of the set menu. Also on the Broadway, and pictured
left, the fully air conditioned Canton Chef.
Haywards Heath has a strong Indian presence
and can provide both take away and sit down Indian meals. The contemporary
Nizam restaurant now sits on the cutting edge of indian restaurant
design and contrasts beautifully with surrounding estate agents.
If you're at the other end of town, why not try the Curry Inn it's
next to the Burrel pub and a computer help centre. If you prefer
to take your meal away, may we suggest Kashmir on Park Parade. Kashmir
are the self titled Balti Specialists and will cook dishes not on
the menu if they know how.
Blue India is the most recent addition
to Haywards Heath's gastronomic assult course. In keeping with its
title, Blue India serves indian food although neither the food nor
the service could be described as blue. Blue India sealed its reputation
as a more upmarket eatery by having Eurovision winner and star of
Eggs n' Baker, Cheryl Baker officially open the resturant. Some might
argue its reputation took somewhat of a backward step when rock/brit/pop
'sensation' Robert Williams, formerly of Take That, also attended
the opening. We don't agree as we're big fans of Robert's work, particularly
his debut solo single 'Faith' previously made popular by the then
'in' George Michael.
Italian food has been part of Haywards
Heath's food landscape for years. XXX The Broadway has been the site
of many an Italian eatery and its current occupants Viva are continuing
that tradition. Sadly, in spite of Viva having absolutely nothing
to do with the previous occupants what-so-ever, some people have chosen
to boycott the place ever since they were served a small portion at
thier 18th birthday meal in 1991 and had to go over the road to Ephesus
to fill up on kebabs.
Christian Science Reading Room
Some years ago the
Christian Science Reading Room (pictured below) was converted
into a pizza restaurant, exotically named 'Zizzi' (pictured
below). To complement the exotic name the owners have planted
two palm trees outside making them the first palm trees to
front a commercial building in Haywards Heath.
The introduction of tropical palm trees has
prompted this guide to declare a "Heath-wave" in
this particular area of the town.
Often overlooked due to it's location
outside of the main restaurant district, Kingfisher is the
town's only fish 'n chip restaurant boasting both in and out
door dining facilities. Kingfisher celebrate the arrival of
summer by erecting three quarter height paneling around their
forecourt thus providing a private yet well ventilated out
door eating realm for patrons. It's also close to Lavender
motors which is ideal if you require both chips and car accessories.
The petrol station
on Franklynn Road can supply Pot Noodles, pasties and chocolate
24 hours a day. They have a lottery machine.
Some years ago the Rose of Bengal closed and was replaced
with the Four Continents Takeaway. Having personally sampled
the delights of their cuisine and their extensive collection
of car magazines we remain particularly saddened by its closure.
The professionalism with which they would greet the request
'I'll have one of those red ones and some naan' was unrivaled
in the town. As a tribute, a picture of the Rose of Bengal
will remain in the pictorial tour.
can help even the most experienced motorist hone