I’m from Essex and have lived here all my life. Due to this, I’ve tried nearly every restaurant local to me – and The Brickyard is one of my favourites so I needed to share this with you!
Some of you may watch The Only Way is Essex – but I can assure you that Essex is nothing like what you see on TV. For starters absolutely no one goes out in public in their rollers, goes to the gym in a full face of make up, or does to their weekly shop dressed in heels!
But Essex has become a bit of a tourist spot thanks to this show. So if you live in Essex – or you’re visiting – you have to visit The Brickyard. It’s about 30 minutes from Stratford, London – and the nearest train station is called Romford and it’s about a 10 minute walk to here. I’ve included the address at the bottom of the page for more info.
The Brickyard is a restaurant, bar and also a club – so everything you could possibly want.
I’ve had numerous dinners here, sat at the bar and even been in the club (although the club is strictly over 21’s).
The Brickyard is a place where Thursday- Saturday in my opinion, you should dress up a bit – so smart casual wear – but the rest of the time casual wear is fine.
The reason I say this is because these are the livelier nights, and from my experience the nights where most people dress up their jeans or wear dresses (guys normally wear shirts).
The club and bar are lovely, and from Thursday- Sunday from 5pm-9pm is happy hour!
But I’m sitting in bed, with a stomach full of tasty grub – writing to tell you about the food – so I’ll get cracking..
I’ve had dinner from the set-menu (something I recommend if you go on a Saturday – and the lamb shank is a personal favourite), but the Sunday roast is out of this world!
I went to The Brickyard on Sunday 13 August 2016 at 4:30pm, and from the moment I stepped in – I was happy. There was a beautiful jazz band playing, and the staff are so friendly and attentive, I was already impressed.
You can chose from 1 course, 2 courses or 3 courses – 3 courses is about £18.95 per person.
I had the ‘soup of the day’ to start which was carrot and coriander, which came with two bread rolls – if you wanted more all you had to do was ask.
Carrots aren’t my favourite vegetable, but I loved the texture and taste of this – thick but smooth! I always have the soup to start and as they change daily, I haven’t come across one I’ve disliked.
For my main I had a turkey roast – which came with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, pigs in blanket, two slices of meat and plenty of veg. They even provided some extra gravy which we didn’t ask for, as well as cauliflower cheese on a separate dish. This was a nice extra, as it meant I didn’t have to wait for my dinner to get cold whilst waiting for some extra gravy.
This is what my roast looked like – I’m a girl who likes my food (I can eat 8 slices of pizza and 12 slices of garlic bread in one sitting) – but this was too filling for me and I didn’t manage to eat it all.
The meat was tender, the roast potatoes crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and the homemade Yorkshire pudding was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
I apologise the picture above has writing on it – but this was my meal and it was too good for me to resist putting up on snapchat (laurenlmcdonald btw )
There are a selection of deserts to choose from – but sadly after 3 cocktails and two courses I wasn’t able to fit one in. I’ve included the Sunday roast menu so you can have a browse at all of the dishes though.
I’d honestly recommend coming to The Brickyard for something to eat. The food is amazing and reasonable priced for somewhere where you’re more than likely to see someone off the telly! I’ve seen basically the whole TOWIE gang, as well as Kevin Mitchell whilst having my dinner.
The service is excellent and the decor lovely. The car park is just on the side of the building so it literally takes no longer than 2 minutes from car to do – perfect for when your heels are killing your feet! There’s also an on-site cab office.
I first came here about 3 years ago and I’ll continue coming.
So if you’re ever in Essex or live here and fancy trying somewhere for dinner or cocktails – then head here.
It’s not as expensive as some of the ‘nice’ genre of restaurants, and to be on par with them and to charge what they do – I think may be why it’s so popular! I’d say if you do fancy coming here then to book, as there can be a waiting list some days.
222 South Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 2AD.
Please let me know if you’ve been here or are coming – I’d love to know what you think!