Situated on the edge of Epping Forest, The Woodbine offers traditional food accompanied by an extensive wine list. Run by passionate owners Rob and Julie Chapman, the pub has won CAMRA Essex Pub of the Year 2018 and is in the CAMRA top four cider pubs of England 2019. Ale is brewed in Rob’s own micro-brewery and the menu features a wide choice of homemade dishes alongside an ever-changing specials board. I sampled shredded chilli beef followed by perfectly cooked liver and bacon, with sweet caramelised onions. My partner enjoyed crispy whitebait, before tucking into a sumptuously tender 28-day-matured rib-eye steak, packed with flavour. To finish, the homemade Captain Morgan’s rum and raisin ice cream was rich and boozy – a real winner. The superbly fresh dishes reflect the team’s dedication to providing traditional food using quality local produce.The Woodbine is a great spot for refreshment after a walk in the forest or a great meal with a top-notch atmosphere.