Glorious Easter weather greeted the opening of the latest café in Epping, “Julie’s at Stonards” in the Jack Silley Pavilion on Stonards Hill playing fields. Like many others, we went along to take a look and sample the offerings.
I must admit I was sceptical – not another café in the town, I thought, surely we have enough already… But I think this one will succeed.
It has plenty of positives going for it. The playing fields are pretty busy during the summer, lots of parents with children at the playground, many dog walkers passing by, and of course use of the area by sports teams – football, tennis and pétanque. The annual Town Fair will also no doubt provide plenty of trade.
The décor is clean and fresh, and the outside seating area is pleasant for a warm day. It has the perfect aspect – early morning sunshine, but towards the middle of the day, coming into the shade of the nearby tree. And excellent opportunities for people watching!
And what of the offerings? Well, we found the coffee surprisingly good, and even better, they had soya milk for my lactose-intolerant wife. We tried a slice of their gluten-free Brownie, and it was excellent – soft and fudgy with a good chocolate taste. The rest of the menu is unambitious – all day breakfasts, ‘various’ sandwiches which we didn’t enquire into, and other cakes and ice cream.
It remains to be seen whether it will become a destination in itself, but as a convenient watering hole for those already in Stonards, it is worth visiting. I hope it will thrive, even on those dark, wet Wednesdays in November… I will certainly be back.
See Julie’s at Stonards on Facebook here.